The retired neurosurgeon has made some pretty substantial gains in his campaign and has also been touted as a potential running mate for presidential candidate Donald Trump. Carson, on the other hand, has also considered Trump as a possible running mate. At any rate, the increase in the polls along with the prospect of VP candidacy have increased Carson’s odds of winding up in the White House.
Immigration has been a major issue of the 2016 presidential election. The following are 15 tenets of Dr. Carson’s immigration policy:
1 – Ben Carson has clarified his comments in regard to using drone strikes on the U.S./Mexico border. He explained that he wasn’t talking about killing people: “There are caves that they utilize, and those caves can be eliminated. There are a number of possibilities, and that could be one of them. I am not talking about killing people. No people with drones.”
3 – Carson advocates using the Canadian model for a guest worker program, which would require those seeking work to apply while they live outside of the U.S. (Jan 2015)
4 – He also would utilize “common-sense solutions” by way of harsher penalties in the guest worker program. (Jan 2015)
5 – Dr. Carson firmly believes that the overwhelming majority of Americans want the southern border secured and our immigration laws enforced, but cites the unwillingness of several recent administrations to get tough on immigration because they don’t want to alienate a large voting block of Latinos. (Jan 2012)
6 – Dr. Carson feels that deportation is a moral low road. Instead, he would “create [a] guest worker program. Is it moral for us, for example, to take advantage of cheap labor from illegal immigrants while denying them citizenship? I’m sure you can tell from the way I phrased the question that I believe we have taken the moral low road on this issue. Some segments of our economy would virtually collapse without these undocumented workers–we all know that–yet we continue to harass and deport many individuals who are simply seeking a better life for themselves and their families. Is there a way to apply logic to this issue and arrive at an intelligent solution? All we have to do is look to our northern neighbor, Canada. They have a guest worker program, which allows people to enter the country as officially recognized guest workers who pay taxes, receive benefits, and are able to come and go as they please without infringing on anyone else’s rights.” (Jan 2012)
7 – He’s frustrated by President Obama’s unilateral actions on immigration, arguing that acting outside of Congress is not the answer. Instead, Dr. Carson says that “Congress must use its lawmaking powers to repair a system that is so broken that only a legislative solution can fix it. The lack of policy progress has been incredibly frustrating, and the humanitarian border crisis this summer only highlighted how badly we need a system that deals efficiently and effectively with both illegal and legal immigration.” (My Prescription For Immigration Reform – November 12, 2014)
8 – We need to stop providing incentives for illegal immigration, says Dr. Carson. “Right now, we have very porous borders and unenthusiastic and inconsistent enforcement of immigration laws. Further incentives for illegal immigration are easy enrollment in public schools, easy employment for those willing to take jobs others don’t want, easy access to health care, and easy acquisition of public support through welfare programs.” (My Prescription For Immigration Reform – November 12, 2014)
9 – Embracing bipartisanship, Dr. Carson holds that “any discussion of immigration reform should include bipartisan solutions that both address the undocumented population here today and discourage illegal immigration going forward.” (My Prescription For Immigration Reform – November 12, 2014)
10 – Dr. Carson wants to hold employers accountable, as well: “In return for greater certainty on immigration, employers must bear some responsibility for making sure that no illegal immigrants are hired. Employers who break the rules should receive swift, severe, and consistent punishment that constitutes a real deterrent and not a mere inconvenience. A second infraction should be a criminal offense and treated as such.” (My Prescription For Immigration Reform – November 12, 2014)
11 – While examining a stretch of border fence, Dr. Carson said it “certainly wouldn’t keep me out.” He also said he absolutely would be able to scale either the 10-foot fence or the 14-foot fence (which overlap in places), in response to a reporter’s question.
12 – Carson takes a swipe at CNN: “At some point I hope we have some responsible media,” in regard to its reporting on immigration.
13 – Ben Carson has argued that illegal immigrants are partly to blame for the measles outbreak.
14 – Dr. Carson has said that “as a compassionate nation, we should be asking what can we do to help the people in nations who feel that they don’t have an opportunity.” According to Breitbart: “He cited Cameroon as an example where American companies are helping to develop land to produce produce, which benefits those in Cameroon who need jobs in addition to the American companies. Carson suggested that model be applied to ‘all the nations in this hemisphere… then everybody can be prosperous.’ He said there needs to be a way to ‘share the wealth and still maintain our borders, our integrity,’ and he suggested that the ‘influx’ of illegal immigrants would come to a halt if Latin American nations become more prosperous.”
15 – He has emphasized that to begin to solve the immigration problem, we first need to have some awareness of why it exists. Dr. Carson put forth that, despite all of its problems, America is still the place of dreams. As such, it is small wonder that so many from other nations would like to live here.
Finally, in drawing attention to an often overlooked aspect of the immigration issue, Dr. Carson has also expressed concern regarding terrorism and the open border. In June, while addressing the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO) in Nevada, he warned that “the reason that I think we need to seal our borders completely… all of our borders–north, south, east, and west–is not so much because I’m afraid of somebody from Honduras. I’m afraid of someone from Syria who wants to bomb us, who wants to do bad things,” he said. “So that’s the main reason that we need to seal all of our borders.”