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2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked

Updated November 6, 2017 4.2k votes 427 voters 19.6k 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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  • Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

    - Supports birthright citizenship.

    - Would implement long pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

    - As Governor of New York, supported measures to assist children of illegal immigrants, including in-state tuition and work visas.
    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Titles: Governor
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  • Ended campaign on February 3, 2016

    - Has made statements both supporting and opposing birthright citizenship for children of illegal immigrants.

    - Would move current illegal immigrants toward legal status with work visas and the need to pay taxes.

    - Wants to secure the border, but not necessarily with a fence.
    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
    • Titles: Senator
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  • Carly Fiorina
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    Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

    - Would secure the border, possibly with a fence.

    - Does not want a path to citizenship for current illegal immigrants, but would be open to some kind of legal status or work visa.

    - Has called legal immigration as much of a problem as illegal immigration.
    • Age: 66
    • Birthplace: Austin, Texas, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Party (if partisan): Republican Party
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  • - Opposes building of border fence.
     
    - Spent time working illegally in Canada, claims it influences his feelings on immigration.
     
    - Supports bipartisan immigration reform.
    • Age: 67
    • Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, USA
    • Nationality: United States of America
    • Titles: Governor
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