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Candidate Statements

In August 2019, AILA sent a survey to presidential candidates offering the opportunity for them to present their positions on key immigration issues in the AILA 2020 Election Guide. The following list is the complete, unedited responses we received from the candidates. This page will be updated as we receive further responses.

AILA 2020 Presidential Candidate Survey

  1. How do you propose to improve America's legal immigration system to ensure it meets the needs of American families, communities, and businesses?
  2. Do you support reforms to ensure USCIS upholds its service-oriented mission to adjudicate immigration benefits in a fair and timely fashion? (Yes/No)
  3. How would you reform USCIS to uphold its mission to adjudicate immigration benefits in a fair and timely fashion?
  4. How would you address the population of unauthorized immigrants in the United States, including Dreamers, DACA recipients, and TPS recipients?
  5. Do you support enactment of a legalization plan that provides unauthorized immigrants lawful permanent resident status and the opportunity to apply for citizenship? (Yes/No)
  6. Do you support the creation of an independent Article I immigration court system? (Yes/No)
  7. How would you reform the immigration court system to ensure the fair and effective administration of justice?
  8. How would you improve immigration enforcement and ensure accountability over the agencies responsible for the enforcement of immigration law?
  9. Do you support the reduction of immigration detention, including reduction in U.S. taxpayer funding of immigration detention? (Yes/No)
  10. How would you ensure the fair, humane and efficient screening of migrants coming to the southern border of the United States?
  11. How would you address the root causes of migration that is resulting in more people fleeing from violence and persecution in the Americas region?
  12. Do you support the right to legal counsel for people facing removal, including counsel paid-for by the government for those who cannot afford it? (Yes/No)
  13. How would you ensure people facing removal receive legal counsel and have meaningful access to their counsel?

Response from President Donald J. Trump

Donald Trump
Read President Trump's Statement

Responses from Democratic Candidates

Cory Booker

Cory Booker
Read Cory Booker's Statement

Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg
Read Pete Buttigieg's Statement

Julián Castro

Julián Castro
Read Julián Castro's Statement

Tim Ryan

Tim Ryan
Read Tim Ryan's Statement


Bernie Sanders

Bernie Sanders
Read Bernie Sanders's Statement

Joe Sestak

Joe Sestak
Read Joe Sestak's Statement

Elizabeth Warren

Elizabeth Warren
Read Elizabeth Warren's Statement

Cite as AILA Doc. No. 19093005.