Clinton: Hillary has consistently called for comprehensive immigration reform that respects our immigrant heritage and honors the rule of law. She believes comprehensive reform must have as essential ingredients a strengthening of our borders, greater cross-cooperation with our neighbors, strict but fair enforcement of our laws, federal assistance to our state and local governments, strict penalties for those who exploit undocumented workers, and a path to earned legal status for those who are here, working hard, paying taxes, respecting the law, and willing to meet a high bar.
Obama: Obama wants to preserve the integrity of our borders. … Obama believes we must fix the dysfunctional immigration bureaucracy and increase the number of legal immigrants to keep families together and meet the demand for jobs that employers cannot fill. Obama will remove incentives to enter the country illegally by cracking down on employers who hire undocumented immigrants. Obama supports a system that allows undocumented immigrants who are in good standing to pay a fine, learn English, and go to the back of the line for the opportunity to become citizens. Obama believes we need to do more to promote economic development in
McCain: I have always believed that our border must be secure and that the federal government has utterly failed in its responsibility to ensure that it is secure. …But a secure border will contribute to addressing our immigration problem most effectively if we also: Recognize the importance of building strong allies in
Huckabee: [Whether you agree or not you have to appreciate that at least Huckabee is direct, succinct, and specific about where he stands on issues.] Securing our borders must be our top priority and has reached the level of a national emergency. … I oppose and will never allow amnesty. … I oppose and will not tolerate employers who hire illegals. … I oppose the economic integration of
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