Carson, Ben - Positions on immigration policy

Four policy statements are grouped together on his website:
"Securing the Southern Border -- Many Americans have reached out to me to share their concern about sanctuary cities and the seemingly insurmountable problems on the Southern border. One of my top priorities as president would be to seal the border with Mexico to stop the flow of drugs and violence into the United States. Furthermore, I would end federal policies that have permitted cities to harbor criminal illegal immigrants. The tragedies that have occurred due to such criminal illegal immigrants are completely avoidable and should never happen again." - Ben Carson
"Birthright Citizenship -- The Obama administration's open border policy has encouraged illegal immigrants to slip into the United States to give birth to their children here, which earns them birthright citizenship. I believe the first steps in addressing birthright citizenship overreach is to begin securing our borders and enhancing visa enforcement." - Ben Carson
“Guest Workers and Visas --I would first work to seal the borders and enhance border security. For some illegal immigrants, I would consider integrating them into a guest worker program, but they would not receive amnesty or voting rights." - Ben Carson
“Immigration Policy -- The overwhelming majority of Americans want the borders of our country secured and our immigration laws robustly enforced, but many recent administrations have been unwilling to get tough on this issue. This is yet another area where our government's leadership and the wishes of many of the people diverge and the people are being ignored. As president, I will work to end government overreach, reform our immigration policies, boost visa enforcement and secure our borders." - Ben Carson
From a general list of issue statements:  “Syrian Refugees -- I was deeply touched by my trip to Jordan to visit major refugee camps. Many refugees told me that they don't want to be relocated in the United States, but hope to be able to return to their country. I believe we should ensure that the United States is offering financial support to countries such as Jordan that are supporting many Syrian refugees. I also believe that at home, given national security concerns, we should terminate all funding for programs to resettle Syrian refugees in the United States, given the risk that such programs might allow ISIS terrorists, disguised as refugees, to infiltrate our country." - Dr. Ben Carson
The following references are selected from NumbersUSA’s website on presidential candidates.  NumbersUSA grades candidates based on their voting records (if they have been in legislatures or Congress) and public statements on immigration.  Dr. Carson is graded C as of January 14, 2016.  View the complete report at:
In July 2014, Dr. Carson didn't mention E-Verify by name, but he did say that employers should face harsh punishments for hiring illegal aliens: "You have to reduce the incentive for people to want to come here. That's how you fix the problem. I guarantee you that if you remove all the goodies, people will find a way to get out of here just like they found a way to get in here. And one of the most important parts of that are the employers," he said. "As far as I'm concerned, the second offense, if you hire someone who's not here legally, should be a criminal offense -- and they should be treated as such. Absolutely." 
During a campaign stop in New Hampshire in July 2015, Dr. Carson sad he opposes sanctuary cities and blocking illegal aliens access to public benefits was an important piece to ending illegal immigration. “No sanctuary cities,” said Carson. “That’s part one [border security]. Part two is, you have to turn off the spigot that dispenses the goodies.” 
During a Presidential forum in Baltimore, Md. in June 2015, Dr. Carson said he supported a guest worker program for illegal aliens. "Give them an opportunity to become guest workers so they can at least come out of the shadows." 
In May 2015, Dr. Carson applauded a decision by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold a temporary stay against Pres. Obama's executive amnesties. “It’s an important victory for those committed to preserving the rule of law, the essential consent of Congress and ultimately the voice of the people,” Carson said. 
In a Nov. 2015 press conference Carson discussed the need for illegal aliens to keep and get jobs. “When you look at farming industries, I’ve talked to farmers with multi-thousands acres farms and they say their business would collapse, I’ve talked to hotel owners and they say that they would have a very difficult time without them,” he said. Source: