Here’s What All the Republican Presidential Contenders Think About Immigration

Whether or not the U.S. should provide a path to citizenship is rarely a yes-or-no question for Republicans who want to run for president.

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Andrew McGill and Emma Roller
Feb. 23, 2015, midnight

Im­mig­ra­tion re­form is touchy for Re­pub­lic­ans spe­cific­ally, and Amer­ic­ans in gen­er­al. A Quin­nipi­ac poll from Novem­ber found that 48 per­cent of all voters think un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants should be al­lowed to stay in the United States with a path to cit­izen­ship—down from 57 per­cent in 2013—while 35 per­cent of voters say the im­mig­rants should be re­quired to leave.

That stat­ist­ic, com­bined with a per­ceived elect­or­al need to reach out to more Latino voters, has put many Re­pub­lic­ans vy­ing for the pres­id­ency in a sticky spot. The only thing all Re­pub­lic­ans seem to be able to agree on is the need to se­cure the U.S.-Mex­ico bor­der be­fore con­sid­er­ing a path to cit­izen­ship for un­doc­u­mented im­mig­rants—though even the defin­i­tion of bor­der se­cur­ity can vary from per­son to per­son.

Be­low, you’ll find an at­tempt to cut through the noise and of­fer a com­pre­hens­ive guide to what prom­in­ent Re­pub­lic­ans have said about im­mig­ra­tion in the past, and what they’re say­ing now.



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