Presidential Primaries Coming Soon
US presidential candidates stance on immigration
BY LOIS DRAKE

Presidential primaries are coming soon in January and February. US expatriates living abroad can vote in the presidential primaries, just go online and register to vote. The Overseas Citizens Voting Project has a website that enables expatriates to register. Deadlines are coming up soon to vote in the primaries. Here is a guide to the presidential candidates stances on immigration:

Joe Biden
Biden ď would deal with MexicoĒ, which he described as a rich country with a dysfunctional distribution of opportunity. He favors earned citizenship for immigrants.

Hillary Clinton
Clinton supports comprehensive immigration reform based on strengthening the borders and implementing new enforcement laws. She has criticized the Republican plan to make it a federal crime to offer aid to illegals.

Christopher Dodd
Supports a pathway to earned citizenship for undocumented workers. He speaks fluent Spanish and opposes making English the national language.

John Edwards
Edwards supports added border security and a path to citizenship for undocumented workers.

Rudolph Giuliani
Giuliani supports a path to citizenship for undocumented workers and opposes amnesty. Wants to strengthen border security and require immigrants to speak English. He criticized the NY state proposal to issue driverís licenses to undocumented workers.

Mike Gravel
Gravel wants an overhaul of NAFTA in order to reduce Mexican immigration to the US. He believes it will allow Mexican workers to remain in country,

Mike Huckabee
Huckabee does not support amnesty; believes legal citizens should have first crack at jobs. Wants increased border security so that no one brings in dangerous weapons.

Duncan Hunter
Hunterís main cause is anti-immigration. He led the federally funded 2000 border fence project of 700 miles across the Mexican border.

Alan Keyes
Keyes is in favor of maintaining legal immigration while taking steps to curtail illegal immigration; wants to protect national sovereignty, which is essential to national security.

Dennis Kucinich
Kucinich believes immigrants who have been in the US and contributed should have a chance at citizenship. All US children should learn to speak Spanish.

John McCain
McCain supports a comprehensive immigration reform that addresses border security. Wants to double the size of the border patrol and crack down on employers who hire undocumented workers. Supports a path to citizenship and establish a guest worker program with temp visas.

Barack Obama
Obama supports immigration reform, strengthen border security, create a path to citizenship , guest worker program, offer jobs to citizens first, supports earned path to citizenship.

Ron Paul
Paul wants no amnesty and the US must stop offering medical and social services. Wants to secure borders and voted for the border fence.

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