By Jade Chandler
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – In the 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton promises to protect families from deportation while Donald Trump says he believes Americans come first and immigration laws need to be enforced.
Clinton, the Democratic candidate, proposes comprehensive immigration reform that will allow immigrants “a pathway to full and equal citizenship.” Her proposal commits to offer several benefits to support immigrants and their families. They include creating an office of immigrant affairs, alleviating naturalization costs and defending President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents and open border policy.
Trump, the Republican candidate, disagrees with Clinton’s position, stating, “Hillary Clinton and Obama’s open border policy is a weak, weak, weak policy; weak and foolish policy.”
Trump states Americans should be given the first priority in our country. “There is only one core issue in the immigration debate and that issue is the well-being of the American people. Nothing even comes in a close second,” Trump says. Trump wants to enforce immigration laws in the interest of national security. His 10-point plan to handle immigration includes making Mexico pay for a wall to be built along the U.S.-Mexico border. He has proposed a mass deportation for anyone already living illegally in America.
Clinton opposes the idea of a mass deportation, stating it’s “an idea that is not in keeping with who we are as a nation. I think it’s an idea that would rip our country apart.”
Voters will choose the next president Nov. 8.
“We are the country of immigrants. That’s what makes us a better country,” said Loni Nguyen, an international student adviser at Camden County College and a registered voter.
Nguyen added although Clinton has a considerate immigration plan, this is “not a one-size-fits-all system” and not all immigrants deserve American benefits.
Thanh Nguyen, one of 290 international students at Camden County College, agreed, adding, “There are some bad immigrants who do not need American benefits.”
Both disagreed with the Trump’s mass deportation proposal, saying immigrants who are already in the United States should be allowed to stay.
Loni Nguyen noted the country needs a better immigration policy because it can no longer tolerate visitors scamming the system.
Added Thanh Nguyen, “I think they (immigrants) should just follow the rules. I have a visa and it is going to expire, so when my time is up, I have to go.”