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What are Mike Pence's Views on Immigration? Roger Algase

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At the time that Vice President Mike Pence was selected as Donald Trump's running mate in July, 2016, there was a good deal of focus on the fact that Pence's stance on mass deportation was significantly different from that of Trump's.

Newsweek quoted the following from a speech that Pence gave at the Heritage Foundation in 2006, which strongly contrasted with the emphasis that Trump and AG Jeff Sessions have been placing since Trump's inauguration on putting every unauthorized immigrant in the United States in fear of deportation, regardless of whether or not they have ever been charged with a crime or otherwise pose any threat to the peace and safety of America:

"It is not logistically possible to round up 12 million illegal aliens. We know that this idea of putting everybody on buses and conducting a mass deportation is a non-starter."

http://www.newsweek.com/pence-trump-immigration-480983

This statement, and a related proposal by Pence to grant legal status (not citizenship) to immigrants who "self-deport" briefly before coming right back to work as guest workers in the jobs they has been working in illegally did not exactly endear Pence to hard line anti-immigrant groups such as FAIR, which issued a July 2016 statement that it had some "concerns" about Pence's stands on immigration.

http://www.fairus.org/legislation/fe...n-of-gov-pence

This is not to say by any means that FAIR found nothing to like about some of Pence's immigration positions. For example, FAIR's statement commended his (unsuccessful) court battle to keep Syrian refugees from resettling in his state as governor of Indiana.

FAIR was also happy with Pence's vote as a Congressman against the DREAM Act, and with his opposition as governor to President Obama's DACA program, which FAIR called an illegal use of executive power to grant amnesty to "millions of illegal aliens".

FAIR'S statement did not mention Pence's strong condemnation of Trump's world-wide Muslim ban proposal in December, 2015. In a tweet, Pence denounced that proposal as "offensive and unconstitutional".

http://www.mysanantonio.com/news/us-...ld-8378977.php

Of course, as many have pointed out, even if some of Pence's proposals on immigration are more reasonable and less extreme than the Trumps/Sessions agenda which now holds sway in Washington, Pence, as Vice President, has no choice but to support Trump's agenda of mass deportation of mainly Latino immigrants and ban from entry to the US by 100 million Muslim immigrants from six countries (or as many of these as the federal courts may allow him to get away with).

Therefore, we can expect Pence to be a loyal supporter of Trump's immigration agenda for as long as Trump is president.

However long that might be.

http://thehill.com/policy/national-s...-investigation

http://thehill.com/homenews/administ...rumps-troubles

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law

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Updated 05-18-2017 at 08:12 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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