Background: The nation’s immigration system is a major topic for the candidates amid the Trump administration’s efforts to close the border with Mexico and build a wall. The status of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known as DACA, for people brought to the U.S. unlawfully as children also remains in limbo.
Fund the current immigration system
A: Hickenlooper supports funding the current immigration system to address a backlog of cases. He says the funding would include processing centers at the southern border, refugee assistance and access to medical services for families. He is also proposing to restore humanitarian and security aid to countries including Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Hickenlooper said he believes in the creation of a path to citizenship for immigrants in the country unlawfully that also ensures the safety of American workers and border security.
Supports immigration reform
A: Romanoff calls for comprehensive immigration reform of a broken system. This reform would work to reduce current backlogs; provide clear and fair rules for employers and employees; protect the rights of asylum seekers and refugees; and establish a swift process to bring millions of immigrants in the country illegally out of the shadows. Romanoff says those who are willing to work hard, pay taxes and obey the law should be able to achieve legal status and citizenship in a timely manner.