US presidential race issues: Immigration

Election Issues of 2016: Immigration

Immigration has once again become one of the central issues of yet another campaign cycle.
But it's been more of a talking point for the GOP field, and that's largely down to one man.

"They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists. And some, I assume, are good people," Donald Trump said during a speech. Donald Trump has single-handedly brought the issue of illegal immigration to the forefront.


The biggest reason why it wasn't there to begin with is that illegal immigration has actually been down.
Add to that the fact that it's been two years since the most serious effort at immigration reform, which failed, and almost a year since President Obama's executive action on immigration, and it's easy to understand why it wasn't in the spotlight.

And other candidates have followed suit.

"In terms of actually changing the laws or potentially even the Constitution, I'd certainly support that when it comes to changing for folks that are here illegally," Bobby Jindal told The Des Moines Register.
Ted Cruz added, "Birthright citizenship, as a policy issue, doesn't make sense."

Aside from uniformly criticizing Trump and pledging reform, the Democratic field hasn't really touched on the issue as much as its Republican counterpart.

"Today not a single republican candidate, announced or potential, is clearly and consistently supporting a path to citizenship," Hillary Clinton said in Nevada.

But the issue has already faded somewhat, and it wouldn't be surprising if, should Trump fall out of the race, talk of immigration followed.
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