Cramer Tries to Backpedal Cruel Record on Legal Immigration

(BISMARCK, ND) – Kevin Cramer has been doing some serious backpedaling lately, trying to moderate his extreme record on legal immigration. But the facts are clear: not only has Cramer consistently supported cruel, inhumane polices that punish those who follow the rules by immigrating to the country legally, he’s still refusing to support policies that present commonsense solutions to keep our borders protected.

  • “There’s nothing inhumane about a chain-link fence.” Cramer refused to condemn the administration’s separation policy that removed children from their parents and placed them in cages. In fact, Cramer defended the use of chain-link fence cages to house children, stating “there’s nothing inhumane about a chain-link fence.”
  • Wrong side of the North Dakota delegation. While Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven both voted for comprehensive, practical immigration reform in 2013, Cramer and his extreme D.C. bosses refused to take up the bill that would have helped address many of the issues currently faced at the border.
  • Voting against funding the U.S. Department of Homeland Security:In 2015, Cramer voted against funding DHS because of his extreme position on immigration.
  • Extreme opposition to pathway to citizenship for children. Cramer is on record in favor of deporting law abiding young immigrants who were brought to the United States as young children through no fault of their own and who have met the requirements of the DREAM Act.

“Once again, Kevin Cramer is trying to paper over his extreme record and fake being a moderate in an election year,” said Courtney Rice, Press Secretary for the North Dakota Democratic-NPL. “But Cramer’s record of supporting extreme legal immigration policies is well-documented. While Cramer would rather cater to the far edges, Senator Heitkamp has consistently endorsed and voted for commonsense policies that put border security first, while also supporting legal immigration.”