THE ISSUE: An estimated 11 million people are living and in many cases working in
the United States illegally. The questions of what to with them and how
to curb future illegal immigration have been a campaign issue for more
than a decade. Never more so than now. Illegal immigration goes to the
heart of Donald Trump's presidential campaign. It's a source of
his strength among supporters, contention among critics and confusion
over what he really intends to do.
The long debate over immigration in Congress has focused on which should
come first: stiffer enforcement at the border and inside the country or
a path to legal status for the millions of people who are already a part
of their communities. Efforts to overhaul the country's immigration
laws have routinely been defined by Republicans supporting an enforcement-first
approach with Democrats preferring a path to legal status for those here
while working on security efforts at the same time. The result? A standstill.
WHY IT MATTERS
Illegal immigration has remained at nearly 40-year lows for the last several
years and several estimates of the immigrants living in the country illegally
suggest that Mexican migration trends have actually reversed, with more
Mexican nationals leaving the United States than arriving. And billions
of dollars have been spent in recent years to build fencing, improve technology
used at the border and expand the Border Patrol.
Nonetheless the Mexican border remains a focal point for those who argue
that the country is not secure. As evidence that the border is not secure,
many Republicans point to the illegal crossings of hundreds of thousands
of unaccompanied children and people traveling as families in recent years.
The surge of children and families from Central America in 2014 was described
as a crisis at the border and the volume of people apprehended overwhelmed
At the same time, the Obama administration has dramatically slowed the
pace of deportations after setting a record by sending home more than
409,000 people in 2012. During the 2015 budget year, the administration
Multiple efforts to overhaul immigration policies have repeatedly ended
in a legislative stalemate as Republicans and Democrats spar over how
to approach both securing the border and dealing with those immigrants
WHERE THEY STAND
Trump vows to build a wall along the Mexican border complete with a "big
beautiful door." He vows Mexico will pay for the wall; Mexico vows
it won't. Trump had repeatedly pledged to deport all the people living
in the country illegally. Now he'd focus on deporting people who have
committed crimes beyond their immigration offences. As for the rest, he's
proposing no path to legal status while they are in the U.S.
Democrat Hillary Clinton has pledged to push for an overhaul that would
enable citizenship — not just legal status — for many living
in the country illegally. She has also said she would expand programs
that protect some groups of immigrants from deportation, including those
who arrived as children and the parents of U.S. citizens and legal permanent
residents. President Barack Obama's effort to shield parents from
deportation is on hold after the Supreme Court deadlocked on a decision
in a case challenging the president's authority to expand the deportation
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