On Sunday, New Hampshire Republican Senator Kelly Ayotte announced her support of amnesty. With her support, amnesty could be more likely to pass in the Senate.
However, as a Senate candidate in 2010, Kelly Ayotte repeatedly claimed to oppose amnesty. She detailed the unfairness and lawlessness inherent in amnesty policy, and said Arizona was facing an “invasion.”
At one candidate’s forum, Ayotte said: “For the people who are here illegally, I don't support amnesty; it's wrong. It’s wrong to the people who are waiting in line here, who have waited for so long. And we need to stop that because I think that's where the Administration is heading next.”
As a candidate, she told a local TV station, “I do not support amnesty… we should not reward people who have come here illegally and broken our laws.”
At another candidate’s debate, she said “I don’t support amnesty because you know what, if you support that, that means you’re basically rewarding people who violated the rules and I don’t think that’s right.” At that same debate, she was asked again about amnesty, and once again stated, “I do not support amnesty. I think that in fairness to people they have to get in line and follow our rules. We need to secure our borders and enforce our existing laws...Amnesty is not the right answer because otherwise we’re just rewarding people for violating our laws.”
When asked if levels of illegal immigration rise to the level of an “invasion” under the Constitution, Ayotte replied, “Certainly with what they were going through in Arizona, it was an invasion, it remains an invasion, and they had to act.”
Ayotte’s campaign website repeated these claims. “In the Senate, Kelly’s top immigration priority will be to secure our borders – no excuses. Simultaneously, she will work to ensure that existing immigration laws are enforced and is against amnesty.”
In her recent announcement, Ayotte recited rhetoric about America’s history of immigration to explain her support for amnesty.
“As a nation of immigrants, we must remember that we’re all descended from people who came here from somewhere else in search of a better life,” her website announcement reads.