This election season has been very important, for both Presidential Candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As election day grows closer, it is imperative that voters understand their candidate’s platform and stances on issues important both to them and the American people.
Pertaining to immigration, both candidates have opposing views on what America’s immigration policy should be. Hillary Clinton, the Democratic Presidential Candidate, supports a new immigration reform policy, which gives immigrants a more sufficient opportunity to become a citizen. Donald Trump, Republican Presidential Candidate, supports a more conservative means of controlling the amount of immigrants entering the U.S.
According to Hillary Clinton’s website, within Clinton’s first 100 days in office, she would like to introduce a comprehensive immigration reform. The introduction of her immigration reform policy would treat all people with “respect and dignity,” paving the way for citizenship.
Clinton states that she will work towards strengthening national security and borders by enforcing immigration laws in a more humane way, rather than acting in a more radical manner.
According to Clinton, she “will focus resources on detaining and deporting those individuals who pose a violent threat to public safety, and ensure refugees who seek asylum in the U.S. have a fair chance to tell their stories.”
Donald Trump, has been very vocal through out his run for office regarding his opinions on immigration. Trump angles his immigration platform towards on immigrants causing disruption in America.
Trump has gone so far as to say that, “the U.S. has become a dumping ground for everyone else’s problems.” Trump’s official website, sites his vision for immigration, which is to “prioritize the jobs, wages and security of the American people.”
Trump’s vision for immigration in America takes a much more radical approach. His ten point plan outlines the procedures that will fall under a Trump presidency. Those defining points include: building a physical wall on the southern boarder which Mexico will pay for, the termination of President Barack Obama’s non-enforcement policies, and to suspend the distribution of visas in places where “adequate” screening can occur.
In order to inform his supporters on immigrant issues, Trump sites The Boston Globe’s statement “from the year 2008 through 2014, nearly 13,000 criminal aliens were released back into U.S. communities because their home countries would not take them back.” –The Boston Globe, June 4, 2016
It is clear that immigration in America will be changed, regardless of who wins the 2016-17 election. Clinton’s immigration reform would allow the rise in legal immigrants in America, while Donald Trump would work harder to decrease the number of immigrants coming into the country and prioritize jobs for those American born citizens.