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Immigration Views of Democratic Presidential Nominee Hopefuls

Immigration always seems to be a popular area of debate centered around presidential elections. The candidates have differing views but all seem to agree that reform is needed. Below is a summary some of the immigration proposals and initiatives the three democratic candidates and Joe Biden, not an official candidate but rumored to consider running.

white-house-1225488-1Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton has been a leader in the democratic race for several months now. Clinton has allegedly stated that she would like to see immigrants have a path to citizenship. It is reported that she thinks undocumented immigrants should pay a fine to make up for illegal entry and be willing to pay any back taxes. She reportedly noted however that undocumented immigrants who committed a crime should not be allowed to stay in the United States.

Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders is a democratic candidate for the 2016 presidential race. On his website Sanders states that he supports “fair and human immigration.” He reportedly pledges that he will sign a comprehensive immigration reform into law in order to help the 11 million undocumented workers come out of the shadows. He also states that he is opposed to building a border fence as a mechanism to prevent undocumented immigrants from coming into the US.

More specifically he would work to reform immigration by expanding DACA, to include parents of citizens, parents of legal permanent residents and parents of DREAMERS. Going along with expanding DACA to DREAMERS, he would sign the DREAM act. Sanders also reportedly pledges on his website that he would authorize and increase funding for representation to guest workers who need legal protection against employers. Additionally, Sanders reportedly intends to increase prevailing wages and rewrite certain Trade Agreements.

Martin O’Malley

Martin O’Malley is a former Governor of Maryland and democratic hopeful for the presidential nomination. O’Malley reportedly intends to expand Obama’s executive action for immigration reform and urge Congress to create a bipartisan deal for comprehensive immigration reform. It is also reported that O’Mally’s immigration position includes providing deportation relief to millions of undocumented immigrants. O’Mally also allegedly has indicated that he supports an end to restrictions limiting health care access for undocumented immigrants. While he was Governor of Maryland he supported immigration reform by signing the DREAM act into law.

Joe Biden

Joe Biden has not announced his intention to seek the democratic nomination but there are rumors that he may be a contender. If Biden were to run it appears that he would be in support of a comprehensive immigration bill. He has indicated that he supports earned citizenship for undocumented immigrants residing in the country and he would support providing the 11 million undocumented US population with a path to citizenship.

Immigration issues can be serious and often speaking to an immigration attorney can be a good strategy. Contact the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal to discuss any immigration issue affecting your life. Attorney Khandelwal is an immigration attorney with more than 10 years experience in the immigration field.


Cited Sources:

A Fair and Human Immigration Policy,Bernie 2016


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Immigration Views of Republican Presidential Nominee Hopefuls

With the race for the 2016 Presidential Nomination dominating the news and major media sources, the candidates’ views on immigration are surfacing. The views on the Republican side range from Jeb Bush’s reported support of comprehensive immigration reform to Donald Trump’s alleged plan of increased border security and mass deportation. Below are four of the republican nominees frontrunners and a summary of reported views and initiatives the candidates support in regards to immigration.

flag-1431943-mJeb Bush

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush is one of the leaders in the race for the republican nomination. Reports state that Bush has demonstrated support for “earned legal status” and that he would support moving the undocumented population out of the shadows if they agree to pay a fine, learn English and have a clean criminal record. Back in 2013, Bush was in support of a bill for comprehensive immigration reform and reportedly supported the DREAM Act, a proposed legislation that would grant conditional residency to undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. Bush also allegedly has indicated that building a wall at the United States border along with the mass deportation of millions of undocumented immigrants is not feasible or realistic.

Donald Trump

The current frontrunner in the republican race is Donald Trump. Donald Trump has been vocal about his immigration policies and has reportedly stated that he would support building a wall along the United States-Mexico border. Trump allegedly stated that he would attempt to make Mexico pay for this wall along the border. Trump also reportedly stated that he did not support birthright citizenship and he would attempt to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Trumps also reportedly stated in his immigration plan that he would make it harder for asylum and refugee seekers to stay in the United States.

Scott Walker

Republican potential Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker has reportedly stated that it “makes sense” to grant citizenship to undocumented workers who are already present in the country. Other reports suggest that Walker would work to reduce the number of undocumented immigrants in the United States. Some news medias state that Walker had been in support of ending birthright in the past.

Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina, a former business executive, is a hopeful for the republican nomination. Reportedly she has indicated that she would support a path to citizenship for undocumented children but not adults. She has reportedly objected to comprehensive immigration reform but would pass bills one at a time in a series aimed at solving the need for new immigration laws. She is also reportedly opposed to amnesty but is in support of the DREAM act.

Immigration issues can be serious and complicated to navigate. Contact the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal to discuss any immigration matter you’re facing. Attorney Khandelwal has over 10 years of experience working on immigration cases and is located conveniently in the Silicon Valley.

Cited Sources:

How Realistic is Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan?August 20, 2015, John Burnett

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