State of Montana Archives: on Immigration


Steve Daines: DACA unconstitutional, against resident status for DREAMers

Q: Create path to citizenship for "DACA" participants brought to the U.S. as children?

Steve Daines: No. Voted against amendment authorizing permanent resident status for "DREAMers" in exchange for border security funding. Called DACA "an unconstitutional act."

Steve Bullock: Yes. As governor, signed letter to congressional leaders urging that DACA participants be protected from deportation.

Source: CampusElect on 2020 Montana Senate race Oct 10, 2020

Mike Cooney: Montanans are welcoming, but very few refugees in state

Q: Will you accept refugees into Montana?

Cooney: Montanans are a welcoming people. I've met with folks who have come to Montana and are making Montana their home and contributing to our communities. Even Republican governors have come around on this issue because refugees go through a thorough vetting process and contribute to the workforce. The fact is we're dealing with very few refugee resettlements here in Montana.

Source: The Laurel Outlook on 2020 Montana gubernatorial debate Mar 10, 2020

Tim Fox: Need for increased border security non-negotiable

With our weak southern border, drugs are pouring into Montana in record amounts, killing our citizens, destroying our families, overwhelming our justice system, and putting law enforcement at risk. The question is not whether or not illegal immigration is a crisis. IT IS. There's no doubt about it: we need to secure our border now. I stand with President Trump in his efforts to protect Montanans. The need for increased border security is non-negotiable.
Source: 2020 Montana Governor campaign website FoxForGovernor.com Dec 2, 2019

Tim Fox: Migrant and security crises are linked

The migrant and security crises are linked. Mexican cartels and smugglers are as adept at trafficking people as they are meth. The more migrants flood our southern border, the more resources law enforcement must redirect from screening and security. Smugglers now have a clear path to anywhere in the U.S., even Montana, after crossing the border.
Source: Helena Independent Record OpEd: 2020 Montana governor race Jul 15, 2019

Jon Tester: Bipartisan reform with earned path to citizenship

Q: Support "DACA" recipients or "Dreamers," who grew up here after being brought here as children? Earned path to citizenship for other illegal immigrants?

Matt Rosendale (R): No. Rule of law has been ignored & illegal immigrants allowed to flow freely into this country without consequence.

Jon Tester (D): Rejected 2010 Dream Act. Criticized Trump ending DACA. Supported bipartisan bill with increased border security, visa rule tightening & earned path to citizenship.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Matt Rosendale: Rule of law has been ignored for illegal immigrants

Q: Support "DACA" recipients or "Dreamers," who grew up here after being brought here as children? Earned path to citizenship for other illegal immigrants?

Matt Rosendale (R): No. Opposes DACA & path to citizenship. Rule of law has been ignored & illegal immigrants allowed to flow freely into this country without consequence.

Jon Tester (D): Criticized Trump ending DACA. Supported bipartisan bill with increased border security, visa rule tightening & earned path to citizenship.

Source: 2018 CampusElect.org Issue Guide on Montana Senate race Oct 9, 2018

Jon Tester: FactCheck: Opposes sanctuary cities, but don't punish them

MTN News examined a trio of ads airing in recent weeks, and the facts behind them:
Source: KRTV.com MTN News AdWatch on 2018 Montana Senate race Aug 28, 2018

Steve Bullock: Public DACA support, also tries private persuasion with GOP

Bullock brings up the Trump administration's recent decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program protecting young undocumented immigrants. He spoke out publicly against the move when it happened, but he also privately confronted John Kelly, Trump's chief of staff, about the program's survival when the retired general was serving as the Homeland Security secretary earlier this year.
Source: Politico.com on 2020 Montana gubernatorial race Aug 19, 2018

Steve Bullock: No Guard troops to border without asking state governor

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock says he'll never deploy National Guard troops "based simply on the whim of the President's morning Twitter habit." Bullock, a Democrat, said in a statement Thursday that the responsibility of sending Guard soldiers anywhere is one of the most difficult things he faces. Bullock administration officials say the request for troops would have to come directly from the governor of a border state, and Montana has received no such requests as of Thursday.
Source: Helena Independent Record on 2020 Montana gubernatorial race Apr 5, 2018

Greg Gianforte: Oppose efforts to relocate refugees into Montana

Greg Gianforte opposes efforts to relocate refugees into Montana, and supports efforts to secure our country's borders. He believes that only those immigrants who want to be Americans should receive the privilege of U.S. citizenship.
Source: MTStandard.com on 2016 Montana gubernatorial race Jun 18, 2016

Albert Olszewski: State immigration enforcement is not discrimination

The plaintiff's attorney said the people of Montana have no business creating enforcement schemes, and that the law is "discriminatory" against "immigrants." We soundly reject this and declare that it is wrong to place the interests of people who enter our country and state illegally over the rights and interests of lawful taxpayers, citizens, voters and working families.
Source: The Missoulian on 2018 Montana Senatorial race Jun 2, 2016

Steve Bullock: Safety first; review protocols for Syrian refugees

Montana will not allow any terrorist organization to intimidate us into abandoning our values. The safety of Montanans is my top priority. No Syrian refugees have been settled in the state and we have had no formal requests to do so. Montana has a process in place for considering refugee settlement requests; we are reviewing those protocols to ensure that if a request comes, we take all appropriate steps to ensure that the safety of Montanans will not be jeopardized by their placement.
Source: KPAX-TV-8 on Syrian Refugees in 2016 Montana governor race Nov 16, 2015

Champ Edmunds: Protect the borders; prevent illegal entry

Question topic: Government should enforce laws designed to protect the border and to prevent illegal entry of persons into the country.

Edmunds: Strongly Agree

Source: Faith2Action iVoterGuide on 2014 Montana Senate race Jul 2, 2014

Steve Daines: Comprehensive reform is the wrong approach; no amnesty

I believe that the bill passed by the Senate today [S. 744, the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Bill] is the wrong approach to immigration reform, and I will work to stop it should it reach the House. I support the step-by-step approach that the House Judiciary Committee is taking, because it correctly recognizes that our first priority must be strengthening and securing the border and addressing the major deficiencies in our interior enforcement. Until we make these essential improvements, our nation will continue to struggle with illegal immigration. I believe we should also continue retaining high-skilled workers who have been educated in the US and work to make the process for legal immigration efficient and understandable for those trying to come into the country the right way. However, I will not support proposals that contain amnesty for illegal immigrants currently in our country. We cannot repeat past mistakes by rewarding unlawful behavior."
Source: 2014 Montana Senate campaign website, daines.house.gov Jun 27, 2013

Amanda Curtis: Illegal aliens eligible for in-state tuition

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: Yes.

Q: Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Montana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the national Common Core State Standards initiative?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Legislative Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Matt Rosendale: No in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration laws by state and local police?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the state government providing college students with financial aid?

A: Yes.

Q: Should illegal immigrants who graduate from Montana high schools be eligible for in-state tuition at public universities?

A: No.

Source: Montana 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Sam Rankin: Don't deport illegal immigrants

Q: Do you support requiring illegal immigrants to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?

A: No.

Q: Do you support allowing illegal immigrants, who were brought to the United States as minors, to pursue citizenship without returning to their country of origin?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the enforcement of federal immigration law by state and local police?

A: Yes.

Source: Montana Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Jon Tester: Touts bipartisanship; voted against DREAM Act

Tester has touted his independence: running ads emphasizing his farming roots, his work on bipartisan Veterans Affairs legislation and his habit of bringing Montana bison meat back from his farm to Washington, D.C. He also voted against the DREAM Act, which would provide a path to citizenship for some undocumented immigrants brought here as children.
Source: The Hill coverage of 2012 Montana Senate debate Jun 25, 2012

Ryan Zinke: Punish those who knowingly employ illegal immigrants

Source: Montana Congressional 2008 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2008

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
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Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (G-NY)
Gov.Gary Johnson(L-NM)
Howard Schultz(I-WA)
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Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
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V.P.Mike Pence(R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
Pres.Donald Trump(R-NY)
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