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Sunday, February 28, 2016

Presidential Candidates Position on Immigration

The following is a survey of the leading Presidential candidates' position on immigration, as expressed in their websites. 

Hillary Clinton:  
  • If Congress continues its refusal to act on comprehensive immigration reform, Hillary has a plan to act—and do everything possible under the law to protect families.
  • We need comprehensive immigration reform that includes a path to full and equal citizenship.
  • Immigration enforcement must be humane and targeted—and she’ll end family detention and close private detention centers.

Bernie Sanders:
  • Dismantle inhumane deportation programs and detention centers. 
  • Pave the way for a swift and fair legislative roadmap to citizenship for the eleven million undocumented immigrants. 
  • Ensure our border remains secure while respecting local communities. 
  • Regulate the future flow of immigrants by modernizing the visa system and rewriting bad trade agreements. 
  • Enhance access to justice and reverse the criminalization of immigrants. 
  • Establish parameters for independent oversight of key U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agencies.

Donald Trump:
  • There must be a wall across the southern border. Mexico Must pay for the wall.
  • Triple the number of ICE officers.
  • Nationwide e-verify.
  • Mandatory return of all criminal aliens. 
  • Defund sanctuary cities. 
  • Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa. 
  • Cooperate with local gang task forces.
  • End birthright citizenship. 
  • Put American workers first
  • Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. 
  • Requirement to hire American workers first. 

Ted Cruz:
  • Build a wall that works. 
  • Triple the number of Border Patrol agents. 
  • Finish the biometric tracking system at our nation’s ports of entry.
  • End President Obama’s current immigration programs 
  • End sanctuary policies.  
  • Prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving financial benefits and strengthen E-Verify.
  • Suspend the issuance of all H-1B visas for 180 days to complete a comprehensive investigation and audit.
  • Halt any increases in legal immigration so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high.
  • Enforce the public-charge doctrine.
  • End birthright citizenship. 

Marco Rubio:
  • The first step must be enforcement measures that are effective and verifiable. Such measures would include securing the most vulnerable and most trafficked sectors of the southern border, mandatory E-Verify and the full implementation of an entry-exit tracking system.
  • The second step is to modernize our legal immigration system toward a merit-based one. That would mean reassigning existing visas away from family-based immigration and toward work- and skill-based immigration, passing reforms for high-tech visas, as well as creating a limited guest worker program for seasonal workers in the agricultural sector to reduce the incentive for these workers to come here illegally in the future.

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