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2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked 

Mike Rothschild
Updated November 6, 2017 1.9k votes 427 voters 18.1k views 19 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.
Donald Trump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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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.
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Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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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: 64

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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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: 64

Birthplace: Central, South Carolina, USA

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Member of Congress, Senator

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Marco Rubio is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

- Supports building of a wall, along with E-Verify entry/exit system.

- Rejects repeal of birthright citizenship, though is concerned about immigrants coming to the US for the purposes of having a child.

- Wants a pathway to citizenship implemented, and has voted for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

Age: 48

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, USA

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

Titles: Senator

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