The GOP Candidates’ Extreme Anti-Immigrant Positions, In One Chart

CREDIT: Andrew Breiner/Associated Press

Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant rhetoric has pushed immigration to the forefront of the Republican primary campaign. Since no candidate besides Sen. Lindsey Graham (SC) supports a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants already in the United States, there has been virtually no serious discussion of how to reform the immigration system. Instead, the GOP immigration debate has focused instead on a variety of offensive, unrealistic, and cruel proposals aimed at reducing the number of Latinos living in the U.S.

Some candidates support revoking the Constitutional right to citizenship for anyone born in the U.S., known as birthright citizenship, to prevent “anchor babies,” their offensive term for children born in the U.S. to non-citizen parents. Most support putting up thousands of miles of fence or wall along the border with Mexico. All except Lindsey Graham oppose letting cities decide whether to turn over undocumented immigrants to federal immigration authorities.

Here are their positions, in one chart:


CREDIT: Andrew Breiner