FAIR’s Analysis of Ted Cruz’s Immigration Plan

Screen shot 2016-03-02 at 3.40.22 PMSenator Ted Cruz (R-TX), who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president, released an immigration plan based on three central facets: securing the border, restoring the rule of law, and reforming legal immigration to protect Americans. (Ted Cruz Immigration Plan) FAIR offers the following analysis of the plan on five key immigration issues: amnesty; legal immigration; border security; interior enforcement; and taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens.

Amnesty: In his plan, Cruz points out that President Obama has issued at least 20 executive memoranda that grant amnesty, ignore the law, and worsen our immigration problems. He pledges to “shut down President Obama’s unconstitutional amnesty on day one” and “end the lawlessness with the stroke of a pen.”…

Read more of this analysis on Ted Cruz’s stand on immigration on FAIRus.org: Where Do the Presidential Hopefuls Stand on Immigration?

FAIR’s Analysis of Marco Rubio’s Immigration Plan

Screen shot 2016-03-01 at 5.09.21 PMU.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL), who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president, outlined a three-step plan for immigration reform in his 2015 book, American Dreams: implement enforcement measures, modernize the legal immigration system, then amnesty. (Marco Rubio Immigration Plan) FAIR offers the following analysis of the plan on five key immigration issues: amnesty; legal immigration; border security; interior enforcement; and taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens.

Amnesty: Rubio was a driving force behind the Gang of Eight immigration bill that would have granted amnesty to the approximately 12 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Additionally, Rubio urged the Senate to pass the 2015 DHS budget bill, even if it would fund President Obama’s executive amnesties. On the campaign trail, Rubio has maintained that he still supports amnesty, but before it can be considered, the U.S. has to “prove to people that illegal immigration is under control” by securing the border and “modernizing the legal immigration system to make it merit-based and not family based.” According to Rubio, “once both of these reforms have been passed, then I believe the conditions will be in place to address the most politically sensitive aspect of immigration reform: what to do with more than twelve million people currently here illegally.”…

Read more of this analysis on Marco Rubio’s stand on immigration on FAIRus.org: Where Do the Presidential Hopefuls Stand on Immigration?

Super Tuesday Alert

VotingThe race to the White House hits a pivotal point on Tuesday, March 1. Known as “Super Tuesday” because a handful of states hold primaries on the same day, it tends to be a significant point in the presidential nomination process because more delegates are up for grabs on this one day than any other date on the primary calendar. Although FAIR does not endorse candidates, we believe that the issue of immigration is of the upmost importance as Republicans and Democrats choose their nominees for the 2016 presidential election. To help you be informed before you vote, FAIR provides the following summary of each of the candidates’ immigration positions. For more information, please visit FAIR’s 2016 resource page.

Democratic Presidential Candidates

  • Hillary Clinton: Clinton promises to go even “further” than President Obama in granting executive amnesty outside the law until Congress passes legislation providing “full and equal citizenship” to illegal aliens. Regarding enforcement, Clinton will only deport illegal aliens “who pose a violent threat to public safety.” By comparison, in 2003 as a U.S. Senator, Clinton described herself as “adamantly against illegal immigrants.”
  • Bernie Sanders: Sanders vows to “take extensive executive action” to shield even more illegal aliens from deportation than President Obama did until Congress passes a “roadmap to citizenship.” Sanders’s immigration plan calls for “modernizing” border security while ending State and local cooperation for interior enforcement. Sanders voted for the Gang of Eight mass amnesty guest worker bill in 2013 but played a key role in stopping amnesty legislation in 2006 and 2007.

Republican Presidential Candidates

  • Ben Carson: Carson’s immigration plan grants illegal aliens with a “pristine record” the “opportunity to become guest workers” and possibly citizens “later on down the road.” Additionally, Carson claims his administration can seal the border within the first year but he opposes deporting the entire illegal alien population currently residing unlawfully in the country.
  • Ted Cruz: Cruz opposes amnesty and wants to “stop illegal immigration.” His immigration plan calls for securing the border and strengthening and enforcing existing immigration laws. Although Cruz has previously supported increasing legal immigration, he now supports reforming the system to “prioritize the interests and well-being of Americans.”
  • John Kasich: Kasich supports giving illegal aliens a “path to legalization” and said a top priority in his administration will be “expand[ing] guest workers.” Kasich calls deporting illegal aliens “a silly argument” but has expressed vague support for securing the border.
  • Marco Rubio: Rubio led the 2013 Gang of Eight bill that granted mass amnesty, significantly increased legal immigration, and contained only promises of future enforcement. Rubio now opposes that 1,200 page bill but his immigration plan supports passing its provisions “in a sequential and piecemeal way.”
  • Donald Trump: Trump’s immigration plan opposes amnesty and calls for eliminating the incentives that encourage illegal immigration. His plan centers on three “core principles” of immigration reform: control the border; enforce immigration laws; and prioritize American workers. However, Trump has previously said that after deporting illegal aliens he would allow the “really good people” to return.

FAIR’s Analysis of John Kasich’s Immigration Plan

Screen shot 2016-02-29 at 2.19.12 PMOhio Governor and former U.S. Congressman John Kasich is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president. While Kasich has not issued an immigration platform, FAIR offers the following analysis of Governor Kasich’s statements on the following five key immigration issues: amnesty; legal immigration; border security; interior enforcement; and taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens.

Amnesty: Kasich supports amnesty for the 12 million illegal aliens in the country. In October 2015 he called illegal aliens “a critical part of our society” who “should have a path to legalization.” Kasich has said “whether you take the final step to citizenship, that’s a whole other question but I’m not closed to anything.” According to Kasich, illegal aliens living in America “contribute a lot” to the country.  Additionally, Kasich emphasizes keeping “families together and to give them a good place in American society.”

Read more of this analysis on John Kasich’s stand on immigration on FAIRus.org: Where Do the Presidential Hopefuls Stand on Immigration?

FAIR’s Analysis of Ben Carson’s Immigration Plan

Screen shot 2016-02-25 at 3.19.22 PMBen Carson, who is seeking the Republican Party’s nomination for president, released his immigration plan entitled “We The People, A Commonsense Plan to Secure the Border, Reform Immigration and Restore the Rule of Law.” (Ben Carson’s Immigration Plan) FAIR offers the following analysis of the plan on five key immigration issues: amnesty; legal immigration; border security; interior enforcement; and taxpayer benefits to illegal aliens.

Amnesty: Carson says it is not feasible to root out and deport every illegal immigrant residing in this country. “My administration will give illegal immigrants a six-month period to register with the federal government. If they do not register, they will be violating the law and subject to apprehension and prosecution as criminals. If they register in that six-month window and have an acceptable record, they could become eligible for guest worker status by paying a back tax penalty, continuing to pay future taxes, providing proof of sponsorship by an employer and submitting for regular review and renewal of the worker permit. Under this process, every illegal immigrant would be accounted for and processed according to their circumstances. Illegal immigrants who become guest workers will not, however, receive citizenship and everything that comes with that privilege, such as voting rights.”

Read more of this analysis on Ben Carson’s stand on immigration on FAIRus.org: Where Do the Presidential Hopefuls Stand on Immigration?