- In 2012, there were almost 500,000 legal immigrants to come into the Unites States.
- There are an estimated 11.5 million illegal immigrants living in the U.S.
- Immigration is a contested issue because it is disagreed upon how to handle immigrants that are in the country illegally. Most people agree that immigration is good for the economy, but the details of what rights immigrants should get is disputed.
Congress on Immigration
- House Democrats support comprehensive immigration reform. Democrats support a pathway to citizenship that keeps families together while also improving border security.
- House Republicans also support legal immigration. Republicans are very serious about making sure that people do not come into the country illegally. Some Republicans support building a wall along the southern border to try and stop people and drugs from coming into the country when they are not supposed to.
- In 2010, The DREAM Act was introduced by Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Orin Hatch (R-UT) and passed in the house, but not the senate.
-The DREAM Act is a bill to allow people brought to the U.S under age 16 to become citizens if they are going to college or the military and have good moral character.
Hillary Clinton on Immigration
- Clinton will introduce a pathway to full citizenship during her first 100 days in office.
- End three- and ten- year bars
- Deport individuals who pose a public safety threat
- Allow a pathway to citizenship for parents of DREAMers who are lawful residents.
- Co-sponsored The DREAM Act of 2003 as a senator.
Donald Trump on Immigration
- Trump to stop putting the needs of other countries ahead of our own. Trump says that other countries have been takiing advantage of the U.S. and our borders.
- Build a wall on the Southern border
-Mexico will pay for the border wall or else the U.S. will increase fees for temporary visas
- Increase border security
- Defund sanctuary cities
- Create more penalties for overstaying a visa
- End birthright citizenship
- "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best. ... They're sending people that have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people." -Donald Trump
Jill Stein and Gary Johnson on Immigration
- Children of illegal immigrants should be given full citizenship
- Stein believes that it should be easier for immigrants to get temporary work visas
- No increased border security
- Give more visas to highly- skilled immigrant workers
Organization that support immigration
- Fair Immigration Reform Movement
- American Civil Liberties Union
- I support comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship for immigrants.
- I do not think that a border wall should be built because...
1) People seeking to come to the U.S. illegally could still find a way around a wall.
2) It would be hard to build a wall that stretches across the entire southern border.
3) Mexico will not want to pay for the wall and the U.S. is too far in debt to pay for such a large project.
- If I were in Congress I would support The DREAM Act.