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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?
Brian DavisBrian Davis ANSWER OPTION: Those who do not have legal residency status and wish to live and work in the United States should be required to return to their home countries and apply for legal residency.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: I believe that illegal immigration works as a hidden tax on the American middle class by driving down wages and increasing the cost of social services. Those who do not have legal residency status and wish to live and work in the United States should be required to return to their home countries and apply for legal residency. Amnesty is not the answer. We should not reward those who have broken our laws. (More Info)

Tim WalzTim Walz ANSWER OPTION: Support a path to citizenship for undocumented workers that requires them to return to their country of origin in order to begin the citizenship process.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Tim Walz believes immigration reform is a serious issue that deserves an ethical, economically sound solution. Walz supports enforcing employer labor laws to the fullest extent, using advanced technology to monitor the border, and increasing the number of professional border patrol agents. He also supports a path to citizenship for undocumented workers that requires them to return to their country of origin in order to begin the citizenship process. (More Info)