Immigration

Allow Communities to Reject Settlement of Refugees

"A Trump administration will not admit any refugees without the support of the local community." 
- Trump speech in Sterling Height, MI, November 2016

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Allow Legal Immigration Based on Merit

"I want people to come in. I want tremendous numbers of people to come in... And we’re going to have that big, beautiful door in the wall. But you know what? They have to come in through a process. They have to come in legally." 

"And we’ll have merit involved, too. Wouldn’t it be nice if we went a little bit on the merit system? We take people that are really going to help us to grow our country?" 

- Donald Trump speech, Florida, November 2016

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Build The Wall

As part of the End Illegal Immigration Act:

"Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall."

"Fully-[fund] the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall."

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Cancel All Federal Funding to Sanctuary Cities

"on the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
... THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Combat Smuggling Tunnels at Border

"We will use the best technology," he vowed, "including above- and below-ground sensors.... Above- and below- ground sensors, towers, aerial surveillance and manpower to supplement the wall, find and dislocate tunnels and keep out criminal cartels."

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Create an Ideological Screening Test for Incoming Immigrants

As part of the Restoring National Security Act: "[Establish] new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values"

"In the Cold War, we had an ideological screening test. The time is overdue to develop a new screening test for the threats we face today.

In addition to screening out all members or sympathizers of terrorist groups, we must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles – or who believe that Sharia law should supplant American law.

Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.

Only those who we expect to flourish in our country – and to embrace a tolerant American society – should be issued visas." 

- Donald Trump speech in Youngstown, OH, August, 2016

Current U.S. naturalization law requires adherence to “the principles of the Constitution of the United States” and rejects advocates of a variety of ideological positions, and those with proclivities, in the judgment of immigration officials, to commit various crimes.

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Deport All Illegal Immigrants

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
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FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back;"

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

"Move criminal aliens out day one, in joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement. We will terminate the Obama administration’s deadly, non-enforcement policies that allow thousands of criminal aliens to freely roam our streets."

- Position Statement

"One of my first acts will be to get all of the drug lords, all of the bad ones -- we have some bad, bad people in this country that have to go out. We're going to get them out; we're going to secure the border. And once the border is secured, at a later date, we'll make a determination as to the rest. "

- Donald Trump, Third Presidential Debate, Oct 2016

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Deport Syrian Refugees

"I hear we want to take in 200,000 Syrians. And they could be - listen, they could be ISIS... I'm putting the people on notice that are coming here from Syria as part of this mass migration, that if I win, if I win, they're going back." 
- Trump speech, October 2015

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End Birthright Immigration

"This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said “no sane country” would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants." 
- Position Statement

Since an 1898 ruling by the Supreme Court, the 14th Amendment has guaranteed citizenship to anyone born in the United States, even if the parents are here illegally.

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End the H-1B Visa Program

"I remain totally committed to eliminating rampant, widespread H-1B abuse and ending outrageous practices such as those that occurred at Disney in Florida when Americans were forced to train their foreign replacements. I will end forever the use of the H-1B as a cheap labor program, and institute an absolute requirement to hire American workers first for every visa and immigration program. No exceptions." 

- Position Statement

 

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Establish Mandatory Sentencing for Repeat Deportees

As part of the End Illegal Immigration Act:

"[E]stablishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations."

 

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Implement Biometric Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System

"Ensure that a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is fully implemented at all land, air, and sea ports." 
- Position Statement

"[W]e will finally complete the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system, which we need desperately. For years Congress has required biometric entry-exit visa tracking systems, but it has never been completed.... We must send a message that visa expiration dates will be strongly enforced."
- Donald Trump speech, Phoenix, AZ, August 2016

 

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Increase Use of Nationwide E-verify System

"This simple measure will protect jobs for unemployed Americans." 
- Trump immigration plan, August 2015

"We will ensure that E-verify is used to the fullest extent possible under existing law, and will work with Congress to strengthen and expand its use across the country."
- Trump Speech, Phoenix, AZ, August 2016

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Introduce End Illegal Immigration Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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7. End Illegal Immigration Act Fully-funds the construction of a wall on our southern border with the full understanding that the country Mexico will be reimbursing the United States for the full cost of such wall; establishes a 2-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation, and a 5-year mandatory minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions, multiple misdemeanor convictions or two or more prior deportations; also reforms visa rules to enhance penalties for overstaying and to ensure open jobs are offered to American workers first."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Introduce Restoring National Security Act

"I will work with Congress to introduce the following broader legislative measures and fight for their passage within the first 100 days of my Administration:
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9. Restoring National Security Act. Rebuilds our military by eliminating the defense sequester and expanding military investment; provides Veterans with the ability to receive public VA treatment or attend the private doctor of their choice; protects our vital infrastructure from cyber-attack; establishes new screening procedures for immigration to ensure those who are admitted to our country support our people and our values."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Restore the Secure Communities Program

"We will restore the highly successful Secure Communities Program. Good program... We will expand and revitalize the popular 287(g) partnerships, which will help to identify hundreds of thousands of deportable aliens in local jails that we don't even know about. Both of these programs have been recklessly gutted by this administration. And those were programs that worked."

- Donald Trump speech, Phioenix, AZ, August 2016

Section 287(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act allows the Department of Homeland Security to deputize state and local law enforcement officers to perform the functions of federal immigration agents.

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Suspend Immigration from Terror-prone Regions

"[O]n the first day, I will take the following five actions to restore security and the constitutional rule of law:
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FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting."

- "Donald Trump's Contract With The American Voter," October 2016

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Triple the Number of ICE Agents

"Immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties. All immigration laws will be enforced - we will triple the number of ICE agents. Anyone who enters the U.S. illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country."

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