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Party Positions on Immigration

September 10, 2012
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The Republican Party platform on immigration is very detailed. The Democratic platform is very general.

Republicans stand for strict enforcement of the law: on the borders, in the workplace, in schools and by those states that want their own immigration laws.

The Democrats support comprehensive reform, the Dream Act, and programs for young students.

Their approaches to immigration and undocumented people are very different. Review the chart below.

Republican Party Platform on Immigration Democratic Party Platform on Immigration
Illegal immigration affects U.S. workers. Terrorism, drug cartels, human trafficking, criminal gangs and and the presence of millions of unidentified persons in the country pose grave risks to the safety of the United States. Undocumented Migrants Our immigration system is badly broken—separating families, undermining honest employers and workers, burdening law enforcement, and leaving millions of people working and living in the shadows.
We oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it. Granting amnesty only rewards and encourages more law breaking. Immigration Reform The country urgently needs comprehensive immigration reform that brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and requires them to get right with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship
We support the mandatory use of the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (S.A.V.E.) program – a system that verifies the lawful presence of applicants. – before giving any State or federal government entitlements or IRS refunds Entitlements No position.
 Our highest priority is to secure the rule of law at our borders and ports of entry. The double-layered fencing on the border must finally be built Border Security Today, the Southwest border is more secure than at any time in the past 20 years. Unlawful crossings are at a 40-year low, and the Border Patrol is better staffed than at any time in its history
State efforts to reduce illegal immigration must be encouraged, not attacked. State Programs When states try to interfere with federal immigration law by passing local measures this administration challenges them in court.
Federal funding should be denied to universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal aliens. Education The Obama administration provided temporary relief for youth who came to the United States as children, grew up as Americans and are ready to make a real contribution to our country.
No position. Dream Act President Obama and the Democrats fought for the DREAM Act, legislation ensuring that young people who want to contribute fully to our society and serve our country are able to become legal residents and ultimately citizens.



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