November 15th, 2007
10:39 PM ET
15 years ago

Richardson: 'Stop demonizing immigrants'

New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson favors more border enforcement and comprehensive immigration reform.

(CNN) - New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson came to the defense of immigrants and criticized the proposal to build a fence along the border with Mexico during a CNN debate Thursday night.

"Two years ago, I was the first governor to declare a border emergency because the federal government wasn't doing its job in stopping the flow of drugs and people," Richardson said. "You know what, we should stop demonizing immigrants, we should stop doing that."

Richardson said he would create a path to legalization, punish employers that hire illegal workers, strengthen the presence of the National Guard along the border and improve diplomacy with Mexico. He slammed Congress for failing to pass immigration reform, saying it's less popular than "Dick Cheney and HMOs."

- CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

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  1. Dolores the Woodlands, TEXAS

    How can anyone put a Spin on the word "ILLegal"? The law is the law, or it used to be. Anyone is this country who believes differently should move to Mexico. Any politician who panders to this nonsense needs to run for office in Mexico.
    Vote for Lou Dobbs, a real AMERICAN.
    the Woodlands, TEXAS

    December 10, 2007 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
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