politicians 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked

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Immigration has emerged as one of the central themes of the 2016 election. As a public issue, it's generated a huge amount of controversy and media reactions. The 2016 candidates for president have a wide range of policies on immigration, with everything from some kind of amnesty to the building of an elaborate border fence or wall to mass deportation of illegal immigrants.

Virtually every candidate has revealed at least some of their plan to deal with the issue of illegal immigration. Here's your chance to rank all of the immigration policies of the 2016 candidates from the ones you think are the best to the ones that are the absolute worst.
Donald Trump 
    is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Donald Trump


- Would deport all 11 million illegal immigrants using expanded Immigration and Customs Enforcement, and would have it done within two years.
 
- Would build large scale wall on Mexican border, and try to force Mexico to pay for it.
 
- Has rejected birthright citizenship through 14th Amendment.
 
- Has claimed Mexico purposefully sends "rapists and drug dealers" across the border.

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Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

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Mike Huckabee 
    is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Mike Huckabee


Ended campaign on February 1, 2016

- Would "abrogate" birthright citizenship.
 
- Supports building long border fence and doubling the size of the Border Patrol.
 
- Favors arrest, detention, and deportation of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes.

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Age: 62

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

Titles: Governor

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Lindsey Graham 
    is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Lindsey Graham


Ended campaign on December 21, 2015

- Supports deportation of immigrant felons with no possibility to return.
 
- Seeks to complete border fence and expand Border Patrol.
 
- Would require current illegal immigrants to register, pay taxes and fines, and learn English.

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Age: 62

Birthplace: Central, South Carolina, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Member of Congress, Senator

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Marco Rubio 
    is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Marco Rubio


Ended campaign on March 15, 2016

- Supports building of a wall, along with E-Verify entry/exit system.
 
- Rejects repeal of birthright citizenship, though is concerned about immigrants coming to the US for the purposes of having a child.
 
- Wants a pathway to citizenship implemented, and has voted for bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform.

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States of America

Party (if partisan): Republican Party

Titles: Senator

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Chris Christie 
    is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Chris Christie


Ended campaign on February 10, 2016

 - Recommended tracking immigrants on visas with a system similar to FedEx shipment tracking.
 
- Believes the E-Verify system is more important than any pathway to citizenship.
 
- Has questioned the need for birthright citizenship.

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Age: 55

Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Governor

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Jeb Bush 
    is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Jeb Bush


Ended campaign on February 20, 2016

- Has gone back and forth on support for a pathway to citizenship for children brought to the United States by their parents.
 
- Would implement E-Verify system to help track immigrants.
 
- Does not support a fence, but would increase power of Border Patrol.

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Age: 64

Birthplace: Midland, Texas, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Governor

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George Pataki 
    is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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George Pataki


Ended campaign on December 30, 2015

- Supports birthright citizenship.
 
- Would implement long pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants.
 
- As Governor of New York, supported measures to assist children of illegal immigrants, including in-state tuition and work visas.

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Age: 72

Birthplace: Peekskill, New York, United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Governor

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Martin O'Malley 
    is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list 2016 Candidate Immigration Policies, Ranked
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Martin O'Malley


Ended campaign on February 1, 2016
 
- Opposes deportation of children born to illegal immigrants.
 
- Would sign comprehensive immigration reform.
 
- Has supported tuition discounts for children brought to the country illegally by their parents.

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

Nationality: United States of America

Titles: Mayor, Governor

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