2016 Republican Presidential Candidates


Secure Borders and Ports


  1. To make safe; to relieve from apprehensions of, or exposure to, danger; to guard; to protect.
  2. To put beyond hazard of losing or of not receiving; to make certain; to assure; to insure.
  3. To make fast; to close or confine effectually; to render incapable of getting loose or escaping.
  4. To get possession of.
  1. The outer part or edge of anything.
  2. A boundary; a frontier of a state or of the settled part of a country; a frontier district.
  1. A place where ships may ride secure from storms; a sheltered inlet, bay, or cove; a harbor; a haven.
  2. In law and commercial usage, a harbor where vessels are admitted to discharge and receive cargoes, from whence they depart and where they finish their voyages.

Constitutional Quotes

  •  Article. IV, Section 3 - The Congress shall have Power to dispose of and make all needful Rules and Regulations respecting the Territory or other Property belonging to the United States; and nothing in this Constitution shall be so construed as to Prejudice any Claims of the United States, or of any particular State.
  •  Article. IV, Section 4 - The United States shall guarantee to every State in this Union a Republican Form of Government, and shall protect each of them against Invasion; and on Application of the Legislature, or of the Executive (when the Legislature cannot be convened), against domestic Violence.


  • Article of Confederation XI - Canada acceding to this confederation, and adjoining in the measures of the United States, shall be admitted into, and entitled to all the advantages of this Union; but no other colony shall be admitted into the same, unless such admission be agreed to by nine States.


  • Declaration of Independence
    •  To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
      •  He has plundered our seas, ravaged our Coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.

2004 Republican Platform Quotes

  •  Winning the War on Terror
    •  Halting the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction
      •  Republicans applaud these achievements, as well as the successes of President Bush and Vice President Cheney, backed by the Republican Congress, here at home to make America safer from the threat of weapons of mass destruction - including:
        •  creating the Container Security Initiative to screen cargo destined for the United States; and
    •  Homeland Security
      • The freedom we enjoy also makes us vulnerable to attack. Since September 11, 2001, President Bush, Vice President Cheney, the Congress, and governors across the nation have taken significant steps to:
        •  tighten security at entry points like ports, airports, and borders;
      •  The Republican Party salutes the work of the:
        •  Coast Guard in protecting our shores;
        •  Customs and Border Patrol who police our borders;
        •  Air marshals and baggage screeners of the Transportation Security Administration in safeguarding our airports and our skies;
        •  Immigrations and Customs Enforcement in ensuring that the identity of foreign citizens who enter our borders is known;
    •  Department of Homeland Security
      •  Just as the Cold War prompted a massive reorganization of the federal government's foreign policy apparatus, the War on Terror demanded a thorough reorganization of America's domestic preparedness agencies. President Bush led this effort with a plan to merge 22 separate government entities into the new Department of Homeland Security, a cohesive department with the primary mission of keeping America safe.
    •  Airports
      • President Bush has overhauled and greatly enhanced security at the nation's airports. As tagging and tracking citizens is inconsistent with American freedom, we oppose the creation of a national identification card or system.
    •   Ports
      • Proposed funding for port security in 2005 represents a 600 percent increase since President Bush came to office. In addition, the Container Security Initiative ensures that:
        •  all cargo is now screened by customs agents;
        •  screening takes place in foreign ports, well before potentially dangerous cargo ever reaches our shores; and
        •  all high-risk cargo is physically inspected.
    •  Coast Guard
      •  Republicans recognize the critical new role played by the U.S. Coast Guard in upholding America's maritime security against terrorist threats.
      •  Republicans believe that it is a high national priority for America to continue building on that cooperation with Mexico over the coming years to ensure safe, orderly, and legal migration flows; further reduce the cost of remittances; expand access to credit for small business entrepreneurs; and further strengthen bilateral ties in education, civil society, housing, agriculture, infrastructure, communications, and information technologies.
      •  Since the tragic events of September 11, 2001, the United States has received excellent cooperation from our hemispheric partners to combat terror in North America. In particular, our longstanding allies Canada and Mexico have been steadfast partners in joint efforts to enhance border security, while ensuring that the swift pace of legal movement of people and goods along our land borders is maintained.
    •  Supporting Humane and Legal Immigration
      •  The Republican Party supports reforming the immigration system to ensure that it is legal, safe, orderly and humane. It also supports measures to ensure that the immigration system is structured to address the needs of national security.
      •  To better ensure that immigrants enter the United States only through legal means that allow for verification of their identity, reconnaissance cameras, border patrol agents, and unmanned aerial flights have all been increased at the border. In addition, Border Patrol agents now have sweeping new powers to deport illegal aliens without having first to go through the cumbersome process of allowing the illegal alien to have a hearing before an immigration judge. 

Republican Secure Border Values

  •  Securing the Borders and Ports is National Defense
  •  War on Terror Demanded Reorganization of Domestic Preparedness Agencies
  •  Safe, Orderly, and Legal Immigration
  •  National Identification Cards or System is Inconsistent with American Freedom

Administrative Policy Initiatives

Republican Sponsored Legislature

Judicial Cases

  •  None Found

Advocacy Organizations

Links of Interest

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