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Candidate Positions on Immigration

The following positions reflect those used for each candidate in the Select A Candidate survey. They come from the candidates; public statements, Web sites, and responses to Minnesota Public Radio questionnaires. In some cases, candidiates have failed to respond to inquiries, and their position is noted as "No known opinion."

Question: What is your stance on immigration?
Ed MatthewsEd Matthews ANSWER OPTION: We should decrease the number of legal immigrants allowed into the country and enact harsher financial punishments for those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: According to a VoteSmart.org Political Courage Test. (More Info)

Betty McCollumBetty McCollum ANSWER OPTION: I support creating new avenues for current illegal immigrants to gain legal status.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: In 2005 McCollum voted against a bill that sought to clamp down on border security but did not include any new provisions for current illegal immigrants to gain legal status. She also voted YES on legislation that would extend the immigrant residency rules. (More Info)