How the Democratic candidates compare on immigration issues

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Source:   —  April 22, 2016, at 10:29 AM

Both candidates wish to go further than President Barack Obama to defend immigrants in the country illegally from deportation, but Sanders accuses Clinton of being inconsistent and not compassionate on the issue.

How the Democratic candidates compare on immigration issues

Democratic presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders consent that the nation needs to rewrite its immigration laws, but they dispute on some of the specific proposals. Both candidates wish to go further than President Barack Obama to defend immigrants in the country illegally from deportation, but Sanders accuses Clinton of being inconsistent and not compassionate on the issue.

Pathway to citizenship

Both Clinton and Sanders support a rewrite of the nation’s immigration laws that includes a pathway to citizenship for immigrants who are in the country illegally.

“The quicker we can legalize the people that are here, the better the work market will be for everybody,” Clinton said at a in NV last year.

“Bernie supports immigration reform that'll address the valid status of the in our country,” according to his .

Visitor worker programs

Clinton supports visitor worker programs. As a senator, she voted for a two thousand seven immigration bill that included an expansion of visitor worker programs – allowing them to get a visa to be employed year-round. She criticized Sanders for failing maintain it. “I voted for comprehensive immigration reform in two thousand-seventh,” Clinton said at a Democratic in Milwaukee in February. “Senator Sanders voted against it at that time.”

Sanders has been doubtful of visitor worker programs, which he says are frequently pushed by large corporations and result in more unemployment and lower salary for American workers.

He's said repeatedly that he voted against the two thousand seven immigration bill because he was warned that the visitor worker piece was related to slavery.

“The , among other groups, said that the guest-worker programs that were embedded in this agreement were related to slavery,” Sanders said at the Milwaukee . “Akin to slavery, where people came into this country to do visitor work were abused, were exploited, and if they stood up for their rights, they’d be thrown out of this country. It wasn’t just me who opposed it. It was , one of the large Latino organizations in this country. It was the AFL-CIO. It was some of the most progressive members of the United States Congress.”

Deportation

Clinton approves of to halt the deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally. She said she'd widen his map to comprise other , including parents of , children brought into the country illegally.

Sanders approves of Obama’s map to halt the deportation of immigrants who are in the country illegally. He said he'd widen it to comprise other , including parents of DREAMers, parents of citizens, parents of valid permanent residents and others who'd have been given valid protections though an unsuccessful two thousand thirteen immigration bill, according to his .

Drivers Licenses

In two thousand-seventh, during her first running for president, Clinton was criticized for immigrants who are in the county illegally to obtain driver’s licenses.

Clinton presently supports allowing them to have licenses. “Back then, it was a state-by-state determination, and I’m pleased that most states have understood and moved in the right direction,” .

Sanders said he supports state policies that give driver’s licenses to immigrants in the United States illegally. “In Vermont ... I worked with officials, and undocumented people in VT do have the skill to get driver’s licenses,” he said at the .

Border security

As a senator, Clinton voted to construct along the border with Mexico, but she presently says that improvements made below the past two presidents have slice net illegal immigration from Mexico to zero. She says attention should turn instead to broader legislation that provides a pathway to citizenship.

“We have the most safe border we’ve ever had,” she said at a in March. The numbers of people being apprehended trying to cross the border are “the lowest they’ve been in fortieth years, which just strengthens my argument that presently it’s time to do comprehensive immigration reform,” she added.

Sanders said the United States should continually modernize border security measures. He opposes building a fence.

“We don’t necessity a wall, and we don’t necessity barbed wire,” he said on a in March. “We necessity to fix our broken criminal justice system. First and foremost, it goes without saying that we necessity comprehensive immigration reform.”

E-verify

Clinton hasn't taken a position on the electronic verification known as , according to various immigration groups on different sides of the issue. But as a senator she did vote for a larger immigration bill that included E-Verify. Her campaign said she believes that “any future effort to create E-Verify mandatory should be tied to comprehensive immigration reform.”

Sanders electronic verification systems, such as E-Verify, which he says would protect workers’ due process rights and should contain powerful protections against abuse.

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