Nikki Haley believes strongly in defending our borders and eliminating illegal immigration. She believes that unvetted immigrants who have no respect for American rule of law and refugees whose intentions cannot be determined cannot be allowed to cross our borders.
Nikki Haley’s Personal Connection to Immigration
Nikki Haley is the proud daughter of legal immigrants.
She stresses that America is a nation of immigrants and a nation of laws. Her parents waited their turn and immigrated legally and she believes that legal immigrants who are willing to work hard and abide by our laws are welcome in our country, regardless of race or religion.
She does not support those who cheat our systems and come to our country illegally.
Learn more about Nikki Haley’s parents.
Nikki Haley’s Legislative Record on Immigration
Nikki has a record of supporting laws cracking down on illegal immigration.
She supports expanding E-verify and has sponsored legislation that represents the toughest standard of immigration enforcement nationwide.
Here’s how she described her immigration legislation in her book, Can’t Is Not An Option:
We already had a strong anti-illegal immigration bill when I became governor. All I wanted to do was enforce it. Our law required businesses to prove they weren’t hiring illegal aliens by using, among other methods, a federal database called E-Verify.
The problem is, for E-Verify to work the government has to know whether employers are actually using it. Obama’s Department of Homeland Security told us we could no longer audit businesses to check if they were using E-Verify. The privacy of the people being checked, they said, would be compromised if we asked for proof from businesses. Out of the more than 6,000 businesses they had checked, over 2,000 violations had been found. But no more. Now the federal government was saying that we couldn’t use the best and most efficient means we had to enforce our law.
My goal wasn’t to overburden employers with rules and regulations. I just wanted to use the easiest and least costly way, to ensure we weren’t employing illegals, and that was E-Verify.
Nikki Haley strongly opposes Joe Biden’s amnesty policy, saying:
Biden’s immigration policies will create another border crisis that will undermine the rule of law, hurt American workers, and insult the legal immigrants who did the right thing.
Biden has promised to reverse the Trump admin’s immigration policies, halt all deportations, & introduce amnesty legislation for illegal immigrants on day 1. The amnesty bill would send a clear signal to people across the world: Come to America illegally & get rewarded for it.
— Nikki Haley (@NikkiHaley) December 1, 2020
Listen to her explain her stance on immigration policy in her own words, below:
The foundation that has made America that last, best hope on earth hasn’t gone anywhere. It still exists. It is up to us to return to it.
For me, that starts right where it always has: I am the proud daughter of Indian immigrants who reminded my brothers, my sister and me every day how blessed we were to live in this country.
Growing up in the rural south, my family didn’t look like our neighbors, and we didn’t have much. There were times that were tough, but we had each other, and we had the opportunity to do anything, to be anything, as long as we were willing to work for it.
My story is really not much different from millions of other Americans. Immigrants have been coming to our shores for generations to live the dream that is America. They wanted better for their children than for themselves. That remains the dream of all of us, and in this country we have seen time and again that that dream is achievable.
Today, we live in a time of threats like few others in recent memory. During anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation.
No one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.
At the same time, that does not mean we just flat out open our borders. We can’t do that. We cannot continue to allow immigrants to come here illegally. And in this age of terrorism, we must not let in refugees whose intentions cannot be determined.
We must fix our broken immigration system. That means stopping illegal immigration. And it means welcoming properly vetted legal immigrants, regardless of their race or religion. Just like we have for centuries.
I have no doubt that if we act with proper focus, we can protect our borders, our sovereignty and our citizens, all while remaining true to America’s noblest legacies.
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