Clinton, Trump Present Very Different Views on Immigration

A child looks at U.S. workers building a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Aug. 26, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border
A child looks at U.S. workers building a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall at Sunland Park, U.S. opposite the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, Aug. 26, 2016. Picture taken from the Mexico side of the U.S.-Mexico border (Credit/VOA)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different plans for immigration policy in the United States if elected president in November, including proposals that in some cases are directly opposite of each other.

Their campaign pledges range from ones emphasizing enforcement of existing laws to those requiring new legislation and possibly changes to the U.S. Constitution.

Trump is due to make a major speech on the issue in Arizona on Wednesday.

One of the most glaring questions is what to do about the estimated 11 million people already living in the country illegally.There is currently very little that population can do to earn citizenship. Clinton says one of her first priorities is immigration reform that would include creating a path to full citizenship, which Trump does not support.

An early Trump priority would be immediately deporting those undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes. Clinton also says she would prioritize kicking out violent criminals.

Both largely follow existing policies under President Barack Obama’s administration.

A 2014 memo from Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson identifies top immigration enforcement targets as people suspected of terrorism or espionage, trying to illegally enter the country, and those convicted of gang or felony crimes. People already in the country who have not committed crimes or significant visa program abuses are in the lowest tier READ MORE OF THIS STORY

SOURCES: VOA News Online

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.