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2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked

Updated November 6, 2017 4.2k votes 427 voters 19.3k views19 items
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Immigration has emerged as one of the central themes of the 2016 election. As a public issue, it's generated a huge amount of controversy and media reactions. The 2016 candidates for president have a wide range of policies on immigration, with everything from some kind of amnesty to the building of an elaborate border fence or wall to mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

Virtually every candidate has revealed at least some of their plan to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Here's your chance to rank all of the immigration policies of the 2016 candidates from the ones you think are the best to the ones that are the absolute worst.
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  • Donald Trump
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    - Would deport all 11 million illegal immigrants using expanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and would have it done within two years.
     
    - Would build large scale wall on Mexican border, and try to force Mexico to pay for it.
     
    - Has rejected birthright citizenship through 14th Amendment.
     
    - Has claimed Mexico purposefully sends "rapists and drug dealers" across the border.
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
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  • Mike Huckabee
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    Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

    - Would "abrogate" birthright citizenship.

    - Supports building long border fence and doubling the size of the Border Patrol.

    - Favors arrest, detention, and deportation of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
    • Titles: Governor
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  • Lindsey Graham
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    Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

    - Supports deportation of immigrant felons with no possibility to return.

    - Seeks to complete border fence and expand Border Patrol.

    - Would require current illegal immigrants to register, pay taxes and fines, and learn English.
    • Age: 65
    • Birthplace: United States, with Territories, Pickens County, South Carolina, Central
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Titles: Member of Congress, Senator
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  • Chris Christie
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    Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

     - Recommended tracking immigrants on visas with a system similar to FedEx shipment tracking.

    - Believes the E-Verify system is more important than any pathway to citizenship.

    - Has questioned the need for birthright citizenship.

    • Age: 58
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Titles: Governor
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