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2012 Presidential Candidates: Where They Stand on the Issues

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Immigration


Barack Obama

Democrat
  • Supports the DREAM Act, a bill that would allow responsible young immigrants who came to the U.S. illegally as children to earn a path to citizenship by going to college or serving in the military
  • Continue to move the focus of immigration enforcement's resources away from "low-priority cases" like youth with hopes for college/military enrollment, veterans, the elderly, and spouses of active U.S. military personnel while requiring responsibility from others living in the U.S. illegally
  • Increase border control resources
Mitt Romney

Republican
  • Reform immigration laws to allow more visas for highly skilled immigrants, and grant permanent residency to foreign students who obtain advanced degrees in math, science, or engineering at a U.S. university
  • Believes that young illegal immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children should have a path to permanent residency by serving in the military, but does not otherwise support amnesty for illegal immigrants
  • Increase border control resources and persue constructing a high-tech fence
All information was taken from official candidate websites or video interviews.

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