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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?
Keith EllisonKeith Ellison ANSWER OPTION: I support comprehensive immigration reform legislation that includes a clear path to citizenship for the people who are already in the U.S. working and paying taxes. I support passage of the DREAM Act, legislation designed to increase access to higher education for the children of foreign-born workers.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: Office of Rep. Ellison (More Info)

Barb WhiteBarb White ANSWER OPTION: We must secure our borders and re-evaluate and revise a rational and fair immigration policy: Fair to those who have played by the rules and fair to the taxpayer.
CANDIDATE'S POSITION: We must secure our borders and re-evaluate and revise a rational and fair immigration policy: Fair to those who have played by the rules and fair to the taxpayer. And rational with regards to the demand for labor and the high costs of repatriation. For example, the DREAM Act, which my opponent unreservedly supports, should only be enacted as part of a comprehensive immigration reform and border enforcement effort. Also, instead of conditional residence, beneficiaries (that is the children of illegal immigrants without legal status themselves) should get temporary student VISAS and Work VISAs upon completion instead of permanent residency. (More Info)