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Michael D. Higgins’ policies on immigration issues

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Immigration  ›  Immigration Ban

Should there be a temporary ban on all immigration into Ireland?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseNo, but we should spend more to increase our border security

Immigration  ›  Muslim Immigrants

Should Muslim immigrants be banned from entering the country until the government improves its ability to screen out potential terrorists?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseNo, banning immigrants based on their religion is unconstitutional

Immigration  ›  EU Migrant Quota

Should the EU impose a quota of migrants per country?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseNo

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Welfare Benefits

Should the government provide social welfare benefits to foreigners?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, as long as they are working and paying taxes

Immigration  ›  Immigrant Assimilation

Should immigrants be required to learn English?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, but the government should provide free language learning courses


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Immigration  ›  Migrant Children

Should the children of migrants who live in French territories be allowed to join their families?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes

Immigration  ›  Citizenship Test

Should immigrants be required to pass a citizenship test to demonstrate a basic understanding of our country’s language, history, and government?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, but it should only cover very basic and simple topics

Immigration  ›  Dual Citizenship

Should immigrants to Ireland be allowed to hold dual citizenship status?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseYes, unless they have committed a crime

Immigration  ›  Skilled Immigrants

Should the government increase or decrease the amount of temporary work visas given to high-skilled immigrant workers?

  Michael D. Higgins voterbaseIncrease, our economy relies on businesses hiring the highest skilled workers at the lowest cost