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Debate Fact Check #6:Immigration Reform

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Boxer Attacked On …
Immigration Reform

But The Record Shows…
Boxer Claims To Support "Comprehensive Immigration Reform," But Opposed A Guest Worker Program In 2007:

Boxer Supported The 2006 Comprehensive Immigration Legislation, Which Included A Guest Worker Program. (S. 2611, CQ Vote #157: Passed 62-36: R 23-32; D 38-4; I 1-0, 3/25/06, Boxer Voted Yea)

But In 2007, Boxer Joined With The AFL-CIO In Opposing A Guest Worker Program As Part Of Immigration Reforms. "But opposition is intensifying to a proposed guest worker program that would allow hundreds of thousands of foreign laborers to take jobs in the U.S. The AFL-CIO labor union and some Democrats -- including U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer of California and Byron Dorgan of North Dakota -- have allied with conservative immigration hawks led by Arizona Republican Party Chairman Randy Pullen on this issue. They take a dim view of a guest worker program." (Mike Sunnucks, "Groups Still At Odds Over Guest Worker Proposal," Phoenix Business Journal, 6/4/07)

· Boxer Launched A "Direct Assault" On The Guest Worker Program, Calling Guest Workers "A Pool Of Cheap Labor At The Expense Of The American Worker." BASH: "The first direct assault on a bipartisan immigration proposal is being launched from the left. Democrats trying to torpedo a temporary worker program." BOXER: "It is a pool of cheap labor at the expense of the American worker." (CNN's "Lou Dobbs Tonight," 5/22/07)

Dorgan And Boxer Were Partners In Inserting A Poison Pill Amendment To Kill The Guest Worker Program. "Dorgan and his cosponsor, California Democrat Barbara Boxer, said Democrats will offer several additional amendments aimed at modifying the guest worker program." (Michael Sandler, "Immigration Bill Clears First Hurdle In Senate," Congressional Quarterly, 5/22/07)

Boxer Claimed She Was "Troubled By The Inclusion Of A Guest Worker Program." "And liberal senators also balked at a provision in the legislation that would create a guest worker program with no pathway to citizenship, as well as measures that would give visa preference to skilled, educated workers over family members. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., called the bill "unworkable and unfair,' saying she's "troubled by the inclusion of a guest worker program.'" (Gary Martin, "Bush Hasn't Given Up On Immigration Bill," San Antonio Express-News, 6/12/07)

Carly's Record Shows…

Carly Supports Securing The Border And A Guest Worker Program To Support The California's Industries:

Carly Believes That The Federal Government Must Do Its Job In Securing The Border. FIORINA: "We have to start with the top priority, and the top priority is to secure the border, and that is the federal government's job. … This is the federal government's job to secure the border. We need to force the federal [government] to do its job and secure the border and keep the pressure on the Administration." (KMPH's "Rob Johnson Show," 8/4/10)

Carly Supports A Temporary Worker Program To Support Important California Industries Like Agriculture. FIORINA: "Let us get a temporary worker program that works. Because industries like agriculture in California, depend upon a temporary worker program that works and they don't have one." (KMPH's "Rob Johnson Show," 8/4/10)


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