Politics 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked  

Mike Rothschild
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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.
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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1 260 VOTES

- 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.

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Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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2 92 VOTES

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: 63

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

Titles: Governor

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Lindsey Graham is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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3 105 VOTES

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: 63

Birthplace: Central, South Carolina, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Member of Congress, Senator

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Chris Christie is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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4 86 VOTES

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: 56

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Governor

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#9 on Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle

#3 on Which Republican Candidate Would Lead the US Best in a War?

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