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  • January 28 - Clinton, Cruz, Bush

    Comment: Clinton, Cruz, Bush
    In today's Immigration Daily we carry immigration positions of Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz and Jeb Bush in their own words and from their own websites, edited only for length.

    Hillary Clinton

    America needs comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to citizenship.
    • We have to finally and once and for all fix our immigration system - this is a family issue, it's an economic issue too, but it is at heart a family issue. If we claim we are for family then we have to pull together and resolve the outstanding issues around our broken immigration system. The American people support comprehensive immigration reform not just because it's the right thing to do-and it is-but because it will strengthen families, strengthen our economy, and strengthen our country. That's why we can't wait any longer, we can't wait any longer for a path to full and equal citizenship.
    • Since the founding of this nation, generations of immigrants have contributed to the strength of America. Immigrants have spurred economic growth, fueled innovation, defended us abroad and added to the unique character of our nation. Despite the steady growth of America's immigrant population, immigrants continue to earn less, lag on educational attainment rates, and face discrimination. And, while millions of undocumented immigrants have become an integral part of America's social fabric, many live in fear that deportation will tear their families apart.
    • Hillary is fighting for an America where every family feels like they belong here. Instead of breaking up hardworking, law-abiding immigrant families who have enriched America for years, she will work to keep families together and ensure a more humane immigration enforcement system.

    As president, Hillary will:
    • Fight for comprehensive immigration reform legislation with a path to full and equal citizenship. As senator, Hillary was a strong supporter of comprehensive immigration reform, cosponsoring Senator Ted Kennedy's 2004 bill and supporting the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act in 2006 and 2007. She cosponsored the DREAM Act in the Senate in 2003, 2005, and 2007 to give undocumented students who grew up in the U.S. a chance to contribute to our nation's growth. As president, Hillary will fight for comprehensive immigration reform that provides a full and equal path to citizenship, treats every person with dignity, upholds the rule of law, protects our borders and national security, and brings millions of hardworking people into the formal economy.
    • Defend President Obama's DACA and DAPA executive actions. President Obama's executive actions that provide relief from deportation for DREAMers and parents of Americans and lawful residents would protect an estimated 5 million people. Hillary will defend DACA and DAPA against partisan attacks and politically motivated lawsuits that would put DREAMers and others at risk of deportation.
    • Do everything possible under the law to go further to protect families. If Congress continues its refusal to act on comprehensive immigration reform, Hillary will put in place a simple, straightforward, accessible system for parents of DREAMers and others with a history of service and contribution to their communities to be able to make their case and be eligible for deferred action as well.
    • Conduct humane, targeted immigration enforcement. Hillary believes immigration enforcement must be humane, targeted, and effective. She will focus enforcement resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety, and work to ensure refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.
    • End family detention. Hillary believes we should end family detention for parents and children who arrive at our border in desperate situations. We have alternatives to detention for those who pose no flight or public safety risk, such as supervised release, that have proved effective and cost a fraction of what it takes to keep families in detention.
    • Close private immigrant detention centers. Hillary will end private immigrant detention centers. She believes we should move away from contracting out this critical government function to private corporations and private industry incentives that may contribute-or have the appearance of contributing-to over-incarceration.
    • Expand access to affordable health care to all families. Hillary has been fighting her entire life to ensure that families have access to affordable health care. She sponsored the Immigrant Children's Health Improvement Act in the Senate, which later became law and allows immigrant children and pregnant women to obtain Medicaid and SCHIP. She believes we should let families-regardless of immigration status-buy into the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Families who want to purchase health insurance should be able to do so.
    • Promote naturalization. Hillary believes we need to do more to help the millions of people who are eligible for citizenship to take that last step. She will work to expand fee waivers so more people can get a break on costs; increase access to robust language programs to help people boost their English proficiency; and enhance outreach and education so more people are informed about their options and engaged in the process.

    Ted Cruz

    We have a serious immigration problem in America. The American people understand that we must reverse the policies that invite criminals and terrorists to defy the law, allow manipulation of our generous immigration system, and reward illegal immigrants for their actions. To strengthen national security, enhance the value of citizenship, and stop illegal immigration, we must take three steps:
    • First, secure the border, once and for all. No other reform is meaningful if we do not fix our porous southern border.
    • Second, strengthen and enforce our existing immigration laws. We must reverse President Obama's enforcement "priorities," which allow a large number of criminal aliens to unlawfully remain in the United States.
    • Third, pursue reforms to the legal-immigration system that will prioritize the interests and well-being of Americans. As a nation built by those fleeing persecution and seeking freedom, we must once against welcome and celebrate legal immigrants while at the same time protecting American jobs and interests.

    1. Secure the Border
    A Cruz Administration's first priority for immigration reform will be to secure the U.S.-Mexico border. It is a travesty that the greatest nation in the world refuses to take even the most basic steps to prevent illegal immigrants from breaching its southern border.
    • Build a wall that works.
    • Triple the number of Border Patrol agents.
    • Increase vital aerial surveillance.
    • Provide additional equipment and technology along the border.
    • Finish the biometric tracking system at our nation's ports of entry.
    • Hold DHS accountable to the American people: Hire the right people; Let them do their jobs; Work with the states:

    2. Restore the Rule of Law
    We need a President who will follow the law, hold those who break it accountable, and take seriously the duty to protect Americans. To restore the Rule of Law, a Cruz Administration will: o End President Obama's illegal amnesty. Stop the lawlessness; End the amnesty slush funds; Follow the Constitution:
    • Restore enforcement capacity:
    • Enforce the law:
    • End catch-and-release:
    • Add detention space for interior enforcement:
    • End sanctuary policies
    • Stop criminal immigrant: Find, deport, prosecute criminal immigrants and regain control of immigration courts
    • Encourage state and local support of federal immigration law.
    • Prevent asylum abuse: Streamline asylum adjudication; Detain asylum applicants who are security or flight risks:
    • Criminalize visa overstays.
    • Prohibit illegal immigrants from receiving financial benefits.
    • Strengthen E-Verify: Treat E-Verify as a national security tool; Require E-Verify for all federal contractors and subcontractors: Make E-Verify effortless for the private sector:
    • Stop companies from deducting illegal immigrants' salaries from gross income.
    • Require foreign countries to take back their deported citizens, nationals, and residents.

    3. Reform Legal Immigration to Protect Americans
    We must continue to welcome and celebrate legal immigrants. Under a Cruz Administration, we will keep the torch of liberty lit. But to do that, we must repair our immigration system so that it once again serves American interests and empowers people all over the world to pursue the American Dream. With this in mind, I will institute a series of reforms to strengthen our immigration system, protect national security, and spur economic prosperity.
    • Develop a citizenship program that better serves Americans.
    • Halt any increases in legal immigration so long as American unemployment remains unacceptably high.
    • Enforce the public-charge doctrine.
    • End birthright citizenship.
    • Reform America's foreign-worker programs to better serve Americans.
    • Suspend the issuance of all H-1B visas for 180 days to complete a comprehensive investigation and audit of pervasive allegations of abuse of the program:
    • Enforce existing federal protections for American workers:
    • Amend the H-1B visa program to fulfill its original purpose: Create an advanced degree requirement: Create a "layoff cool-off" period for all H-1B visa applications: Establish accreditation or recognition requirements for overseas schools: Require sworn affidavits describing domestic hiring efforts: Suspend companies from H-1B visa eligibility for failure to help foreign workers obtain green cards:
    • Eliminate visa programs and strategies that do not serve national goals. End chain migration: End diversity visas:
    • Prioritize persecuted religious minorities for refugee status.
    • Modernize implementation of the legal immigration system to hasten economic growth.

    Jeb Bush

    Border Security
    • A forward-leaning Border Patrol with the flexibility to deploy resources to meet threats: In some cases, it takes Border Patrol agents over an hour to get to the remote and rugged areas they need to patrol. These forward-leaning Border Patrol agents should be at the front line of a multi-layered "defense in depth" where additional lines of defense increase the likelihood of detecting and apprehending illegal crossers. The Border Patrol also must have the flexibility to deploy resources as needed. Our border security posture must be as nimble as the cartels' ability to shift operations to a different area.
    • Use new technologies to achieve continuous surveillance of the border: Having the ability to detect illegal crossings is necessary to secure the border. We can leverage technology to constantly watch the border, develop intelligence, and put our agents and resources where they are most effective at preventing and apprehending illicit border crossers. Technology, such as drones, advanced sensors, and radar, can give our agents a fuller picture of the illegal activity that in turn will enable the country to better allocate resources on the border. More than that, technology can make securing the border safer for our agents who will not have to respond to false alarms.
    • Bolster border infrastructure and improve access to federal lands: Road construction and maintenance can provide agents access to areas of the border that would otherwise go unpatrolled. Access to federal lands is another key part of improving access to border areas.
    • Require electronic verification of employment eligibility: Many illegal immigrants come to the United States for jobs and, despite the prohibition on hiring illegal immigrants, they are hired in large numbers. If we decrease the likelihood of being employed, crossing the border will be less rewarding. We need a strong E-Verify system to ensure that American businesses are not hiring illegal immigrants. Employers should not be penalized if they use E-Verify in good faith and receive an incorrect eligibility confirmation. Identity theft protections are also necessary. Finally, with an improved E-Verify, the government must enforce penalties for violations.
    • Identify and send home the people who are entering the United States and overstaying their visas or otherwise violating the terms of their admission: While we need to find a practical solution to the status of people who are here illegally today, as we secure the border going forward, we also need to identify and send home the people who enter the country legally but overstay their visas or otherwise violate the terms of their admission. Furthermore, we need to create intergovernmental task forces to locate and apprehend overstays, especially those who present public safety risks.
    • Crack down on sanctuary cities that undermine efforts to enforce immigration laws: We should withhold federal law enforcement funds for cities that undermine federal immigration laws and make sure we detain and deport illegal immigrants who are serious criminals.
    • These proposals, when combined with a rigorous path to earned legal status, would realistically and honestly address the status of the 11 million people here illegally today and protect against future illegal immigration. While passions run high on this issue, there is no rational plan to deport millions of people that the American people would support. It would disrupt communities and families and could cost taxpayers hundreds of billions of dollars. The policies I am advocating can ultimately receive bipartisan support in Congress and become law. There should be no doubt where I stand. I am committed to addressing the problem of illegal immigration in a comprehensive fashion so we can respond to the legitimate concerns of the American people and build stronger support for legal immigration, which if done properly can be a catalyst to bring us to strong, sustained economic growth that will benefit every American.

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