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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Emma Roller and Andrew McGill
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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