2020 Presidential Candidate positions in area of “immigration” and “border wall”. Quotes below come from their official campaign websites and are listed in order candidates entered the race.
- Donald Trump
President Trump called on Congress to fully fund a wall along the Southern border, to close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, to end chain migration, and to eliminate the visa lottery program.
- John Delaney
Delaney would negotiate a comprehensive immigration reform deal. Immigration reform needs to be accomplished with bipartisan support, such as the bipartisan deal that passed the Senate in 2013.
Comprehensive immigration reform should
- Create a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and DREAMers.
- Invest in effective border security, including high tech solutions, fencing, increased security personnel, and improvements to ports of entry to improve national security.
- Reform the visa program for guest workers.
- Increase refugee cap for resettlement in the U.S.
- Andrew Yang
We need to enforce the border. Democrats, Republicans, and Independents alike agree that this is a pressing need for the good of both citizens and those who wish to come here. Though there are new technologies that could help, the best approaches are to do what we are currently doing better with more resources.
- Julian Castro
His campaign website doesn’t list specific policy proposals, but he did come out with more complete disclosure.
- Kamala Harris
She has been critical of the border wall as a “medieval vanity project”, though her campaign website doesn’t have specific issue page.
- Cory Booker
His campaign website doesn’t have specific issues page. He has been critical of the border wall in the senate.
- Tulsi Gabbard
Her campaign website doesn’t have a specific issues page. She has been critical of the border wall in the house.
Elizabeth WarrenWarren has an issues page, but immigration is not specifically called out. She has been critical of the border wall in the Senate.
- Amy Klobuchar
Her campaign website doesn’t have a specific issues page. She has been critical of the border wall in the senate.
- Bernie Sanders
His campaign website doesn’t have a specific issues page. He has been critical of the border wall in the senate.
- Jay Inslee
His web site focuses on climate change and does not have an issues page.
- John Hickenlooper
His campaign website doesn’t have a specific issues page.
- Beto O’Rourke
His website doesn’t have an issues page. He has spoken out against the wall in El Paso
Former Rep. Beto O'Rourke said Thursday that if he were president he would "absolutely" take down the border wall in El Paso, Texas. O'Rourke told MSNBC host Chris Hayes that "walls don't save lives." "Here's what we know, after the Secure Fence Act, we have built 600 miles of wall and fencing on a 2,000-mile…www.realclearpolitics.com
- Kirsten Gillibrand
Immigration is one of America’s greatest strengths, not a weakness. We need to secure our borders effectively, but also make loud and clear that racism and fear of our neighbor are not a national security strategy. Building a taxpayer funded wall, ripping families apart, banning Muslims and turning our backs on refugees and asylum seekers are cruel and ineffective policies.
- Wayne Messam
His website doesn’t have an issues page.
- Pete Buttigieg
His website doesn’t have an issues page.
- Marianne Williamson
Although there are certainly reasonable changes that need to be made in our immigration policies, the idea that we have a crisis is simply a canard. Calling our border situation a crisis is simply a means of distracting Americans from seeing who and what is really leeching our resources, who and what is really undercutting our power, and who and what is really stealing our democracy.
In fact, over the last decade, undocumented immigration has been going down. There are no hordes of immigrants “infesting” us. And while no one wants violent criminals in our country, the current anti-immigrant fervor has little or nothing to do with such matters. The actual rate of criminality among immigrants—even the undocumented—is lower, not higher, than the rate of criminality among our non-immigrant citizens. Both documented and undocumented immigrants are 46% less likely than native born U.S. citizens to commit a crime or be incarcerated.