The Shea-Porter and Bradley Position

UNKNOWN. Shea-Porter does not feature her immigration position on her website, and she has a low profile on the issue during her tenure in Congress. At a 2006 debate, “Shea-Porter dismissed Bradley’s proposal to build a wall along the Mexican border to prevent illegal immigration. ‘Five million dollars a mile,’ she said. ‘How are we going to pay for this?’” [Concord Monitor, 11/1/06] According to The Union Leader, she has also said that “America ought to work to integrate illegal migrants into society.” [The Union Leader, 11/1/06]

The Bradley Position:

ENFORCEMENT ONLY. Although his web site does not list an immigration position, Bradley announced that he was opposed to a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. [Concord Monitor, 9/4/08] At a March 2008 event, Bradley responded to concerns over illegal immigration by saying, “I support decreasing taxes, strong borders and making sure our troops and veterans are taken care of.” [Fosters Daily Democrat, 3/8/08]

During a 2006 debate, Bradley stated, “I don’t believe there should be amnesty for those who have broken our laws and come here illegally.” Bradley went on to argue that Shea-Porter’s comment that a fence on the U.S. border with Mexico was merely a “feel good” solution was wrong. He said, “That sounds like amnesty to me, and that’s the wrong answer for our country.” [The Union Leader, 11/1/06]