Gravel advocates a guest worker program as well as setting up naturalization procedures that would grant illegal immigrants legal status. During a presidential candidate debate at Dartmouth College in September, he said he was "ashamed, as an American, to be building a fence on our southern border." Gravel believes the root cause of illegal immigration is the North American Free Trade Agreement. He calls NAFTA "a disaster" which has resulted in the loss of millions of U.S. and Mexican jobs. Rectifying unfair trade policies to stimulate the job markets on both sides of the border would result in Mexican workers staying in their country, he says.
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Read more about how Gravel believes the U.S. should protect its borders.
In this CSPAN "Washington Journal" clip, Gravel addresses the problems and solutions to the issues surrounding immigration.
After addressing the war in Iraq, Gravel responds to the issue of "illegal immigrant sanctuaries," or cities which harbor massive amounts of illegal immigrants.
— Las Vegas Sun intern April Corbin compiled this report.