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Immigration

How should we deal with illegal immigrants?

Bush says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From Jeb2016.com: "I believe that for those already in the country, we need to put in place a rigorous path that requires individuals to pass a thorough criminal background check, pay fines, pay taxes, learn English, obtain a provisional work permit and work, not receive federal government assistance, and over an extended period of time earn legal status."
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Carson says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From Fox News: "We have to recognize that we can't just round [all the illegal immigrants] up, but we can get them an opportunity to register. I would give them a six-month period. And if they register and they have a pristine record, they haven't been causing problems, I would give them the opportunity to become guest workers, not citizens, not voting people, not people who get, you know goodies."
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Christie says: Prevent them from working so they leave.

From CNN: "There are not enough law enforcement officers... to forcibly deport 11 to 12 million people... I think the way to do this is to e-verify. If folks knew that they weren't going to get jobs, they would not come."
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Clinton says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From HillaryClinton.com: "Every family should feel like they belong in this country. Instead of breaking up law-abiding immigrant families who have enriched America for years, Hillary will offer them a path to citizenship."
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Cruz says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From the NY Times: "Asked about what to do with the people here illegally,... [Cruz] stressed that he had never tried to undo the goal of allowing them to stay. "The amendment that I introduced removed the path to citizenship, but it did not change the underlying work permit from the Gang of Eight," he said during a recent visit to El Paso. Mr. Cruz also noted that he had not called for deportation or, as Mitt Romney famously advocated, self-deportation."
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Fiorina says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From the Washington Times: "Mrs. Fiorina, who is running for the GOP presidential nomination, also said she could support giving those who "have come here illegally and stayed here illegally" legal status. "I think legal status is a possibility for sure," Mrs. Fiorina said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "I think their children maybe can become citizens.""
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Graham says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From LindseyGraham.com: "Illegal immigrants should be forced to live under our rules, not theirs. It is essential that we pursue reforms that will bring an end to the unsustainable problem of 11 million illegal immigrants currently in our country living outside the bounds of legal structures. The status quo is de-facto amnesty. All illegal immigrants must be required to make restitution by paying steep fines, registering with the government, paying taxes on income, learning English, and getting in line behind every single legal immigrant if they want to apply for citizenship."
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Huckabee says: Deport them.

From PBS: "Huckabee has opposed any comprehensive immigration plan that gives most undocumented immigrants a path to citizenship. His 2007 immigration plan bolstered border security and required anyone in the country illegally to register with authorities and leave the country within 120 days."
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Jindal says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From PBS: "Jindal laid out his immigration position in a 2013 op-ed that called for the U.S. to first secure the southern border and to then set up a system where those in the country illegally could first get a legal status and later apply for citizenship."
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Kasich says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From CNN: "Ohio Gov. John Kasich said Wednesday he would complete a border fence and crack down on illegal immigration if elected president, but he refused to slam the door on a possible pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants already in the U.S. "I would prefer for them to be legalized once we find out who they are because they can - I think they contribute a lot to America," Kasich told CNN's Dana Bash on "The Lead.""
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O'Malley says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From MartinOMalley.com: "To give Congress a running start on advancing a lasting legislative solution, Governor O'Malley is committed to providing [] relief his first year in office. From expanding the use of deferred action and exercising discretion to keep families together; to rewriting punitive regulations and ending harmful law enforcement policies; to greatly limiting detention and restoring due process to our immigration system; an O'Malley Administration will use all legal and executive authorities to safeguard and welcome New Americans and restore greatness and justice to America's immigration system."
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Pataki says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From the NY Times: "[Pataki] has supported giving immigrants who are in the country illegally a pathway to legal status, telling MSNBC that the United States cannot "send 11 million people back in railroad cars and buses and trains.""
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Paul says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From Bloomberg: "[Paul] cited the the need to tighten border security before attempting anything else, but added that "the 11 million [illegal immigrants], I think, are never going home, don't need to be sent home, and I would incorporate them into our society by giving them work visas and making them taxpayers.""
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Rubio says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From Rubio's Senate website: "No undocumented immigrant is eligible to apply for temporary status until the border security and fencing plan is in place.... [Then] undocumented immigrants will be able to come forward, must submit to and pass background checks, be fingerprinted, pay $2,000 in fines, pay taxes, prove gainful employment, prove they’ve had a physical presence in the U.S. since before 2012 and going to the back of the line, among other criteria."
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Sanders says: Allow them to become legal residents.

From BernieSanders.com: "As President, Senator Bernie Sanders will [s]ign comprehensive immigration reform into law to bring over 11 million undocumented workers out of the shadows. We cannot continue to run an economy where millions are made so vulnerable because of their undocumented status."
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Santorum says: Prevent them from working so they leave.

From RickSantorum.com: "[Santorum will] [p]ush for congressional action to require all businesses use e-verify for all employees to assure those who play by the rules are rewarded and employers who hire illegal immigrants are held accountable."
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Trump says: Deport them.

From DonaldJTrump.com: "[Trump will call for the] [m]andatory return of all criminal aliens... All criminal aliens must be returned to their home countries, a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries which will not accept their own criminals, and making it a separate and additional crime to commit an offense while here illegally."
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