GOP candidates for U.S. Senate, House: ‘We’re all the same people’
The GOP presidential candidates have a few things in common, but they differ in their approach to immigration, according to the latest polls.
Trump’s campaign has largely embraced the idea of building a wall on the southern border.
Cruz has called for building a “nation of immigrants.”
Cruz and Kasich are the only candidates to offer an unequivocal stance on immigration, which Trump has largely rejected.
Trump and Cruz have both expressed concern about immigration, but Trump has offered little concrete proposals to address the problem.
Kasich has been more explicit about his position, suggesting that a border wall could be a better solution to the problem of undocumented immigrants crossing the border illegally.
While Trump has not explicitly said he would build a wall, he has been consistent in stating that he would put in place a system that would provide legal status to those who came illegally as children.
Trump has also said that he is willing to build a “big, beautiful” wall to keep out illegal immigrants and refugees.
Kasich, meanwhile, has said that his position is to make sure that immigrants are not allowed into the country.
Kasich’s stance on building a border fence has led to a sharp contrast between his position on undocumented immigrants and that of the GOP presidential contenders.
On one hand, Kasich has said he is against “the open borders that allow criminals and people to come into our country and make a living.”
On the other hand, Cruz has said his position would be to build fences to stop illegal immigration, while Trump has said it would be better to build walls.
A new national poll by Quinnipiac University released Friday shows that most Americans are not supportive of building walls to keep people out of the country and a plurality of Americans believe that undocumented immigrants should be allowed to stay.
Among Republicans, 44 percent say undocumented immigrants are more likely to commit crimes, while 31 percent say they are more or less likely to do so.
Among Democrats, 46 percent say illegal immigrants are less likely, while 29 percent say that undocumented people are more and 25 percent say both.
About a third of voters say illegal immigration is not a major problem, while a majority say it is.
Among independents, 45 percent say it’s not a problem, and 23 percent say a wall is a problem.
However, when it comes to the wall, a plurality says that undocumented workers are more than likely to be convicted of crimes.
Trump says undocumented immigrants commit more crimes than native-born Americans, while Cruz says they commit fewer crimes than other Americans.
However the issue of undocumented immigration is also at the forefront of the campaign, as voters are paying attention to other issues like climate change, immigration and gun control.
While the public is likely to continue to view Trump and his campaign as tone-deaf and tone-inappropriate, the issue is not being overshadowed by the border wall debate.
Trump is in the middle of a string of controversial statements on immigration and other issues, including his suggestion that Mexican immigrants are rapists and criminals.
And the Republican Party is struggling to find its footing as it tries to rebuild its image following the devastating 2016 election.