5 Latino Politicians Who Have Supported Strict Immigration Reform

Conservatives aren’t backing down from the immigration debate. As lawmakers from Washington return from a two-week recess, the next few weeks will be crucial in the development of an immigration reform bill, which will affected millions of undocumented immigrants in the U.S. Learn what these Republican Latino politicians stand for and let us know if you agree.

1. Politicians: Marco Rubio

Marco Rubio

The Florida Republican Senator has been a part of the bipartisan “Gang of Eight,” which have developed a first draft of a new immigration bill. Part of the new legislation would require the government to meet strict security and border enforcement goals for 10 years before citizenship is granted to undocumented immigrants, reports Yahoo. If one desires citizenship, they would be asked to remain employed, pay fines, taxes, and remain in good standing with the law. 

2. Politicians: Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz

The Texas Senator has called out President Obama for using immigration reform as a way to make Republicans look bad to Latino voters. Cruz is against an earned pathway to citizenship since he believes it’s similar to granting amnesty to undocumented immigrants. “I've got deep concerns about is any path to citizenship for those who are here illegally," he previously said on a Fox News program. "I think that is profoundly unfair to the millions of legal immigrants who have followed the rules, who have waited in line.”

3. Politicians: Brian Sandoval

Brian Sandoval

The first Hispanic attorney general and federal judge from Nevada supported Arizona’s Senate Bill 1070, which required enforcement to question the legal status of immigrants if they suspected they were undocumented. Those who couldn’t show proof of citizenship would be slapped with a $2,500 fine.

In a statement, he declared, “Immigration reform should continue securing our borders; punish unscrupulous employers who exploit immigrants and undercut American wages; pass the DREAM Act; and require the 11 million who are undocumented to register with the government, learn English, pay fines, pay taxes and go to the end of the line to legalize their status.”


4. Politicians: Susana Martinez

Susana Martinez

The Republican New Mexico Governor has been outspoken about her stance on immigration reform. She has been in support of police officers checking the immigration status of those arrested, which closely mirrors Arizona’s strict immigration law.

However she previously slammed Mitt Romney for his “self-deportation” policy, which essentially encourages undocumented immigrants to leave the country once living conditions worsen.

During an interview with Newsweek, Martinez refuted his idea of immigration reform, "Self-deport? What the heck does that mean? I have no doubt Hispanics have been alienated during this campaign. But now there's an opportunity for Gov. Romney to have a sincere conversation about what we can do and why.”

5. Politicians: Steve Montenegro

Steve Montenegro

The Arizona state legislator made headlines last year after being praised by fellow conservative Latinos for his stance on immigration. However, others called the Salvadorian immigrant a sell-out or a “vendido” for supporting Arizona’s SB 1070 bill. Montenegro counters the Dream Act and has stated in that past, “I think it’s wrong to attribute illegal immigration to the Latino community, when the fact is that the majority of Latinos in this country and in this state are people that have followed the laws and are here legally.”