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With so much rhetoric and posturing going on, it is difficult to know where the presidential candidates stand on anything.  Fortunately,  National Public Radio has devised a chart which lists all of the Presidential candidates and where they stand on immigration issues.  It is nice to be able to look in one place and on one page, and see all of the candidates’ positions.

The candidates’ positions are not too surprising..   All of them, except the Democrats, oppose Obama’s  Executive Action on DACA (Deferred Adjudication of Childhood arrivals).  Thus if a Democrat does not win this next occasion, we will see DACA end in 2016.

The good news is that there is one surprise, or at least a surprise to me.  That surprise is that most of the candidates favor some kind of legal path for status for undocumented individuals.  This does not mean a path to citizenship, only a path to obtain legal status.  There are only a few of the candidates who oppose this.  As to whether there should be a path to citizenship for people who are undocumented, the candidates are divided.

The issue on which they are most divided is whether to support the mandatory use of e-verify.  Their disagreement on that point leads me to believe that people understand that the program is unreliable.

The chart also shows the candidates’ positions on whether we should have a complete U.S.- Mexico border fence and whether there should be an end to U.S. birthright citizenship.

The chart is easy to read and instructive.  It is worth a look.