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100-day plans: Where the candidates stand on immigration

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, left, stands with Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton before the first presidential debate at Hofstra University, Monday, Sept. 26, 2016, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

Immigration is one issue both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump said they want to deal with in their first 100 days in the Oval Office if elected.

Their respective websites expand more on specifics, but here are a few highlights below.

Donald Trump

Trump started talking early in the campaign about building a wall along our border with Mexico.

The wall is the key to what he highlights as his immigration plan.

He says America would fully fund a wall with the total understanding that Mexico would reimburse the U.S. for the cost.

Trump adds he would establish a two-year mandatory minimum federal prison sentence for illegally re-entering the U.S. after a previous deportation.


A five-year minimum for illegally re-entering for those with felony convictions or multiple misdemeanors.

Trump also says he would enhance penalties for overstaying.

On vetting refugees, Trump says he would select immigrants based on their likelihood to succeed in the U.S. He would vet them to ensure they support America's values and temporarily suspend immigration from regions that export terrorism and where safe vetting cannot be ensured.

He also says he would make sure open jobs are offered to American workers first.

Hillary Clinton

Clinton would introduce reform that would be a pathway to full and equal citizenship, basically fixing what is called the "family visa backlog."

She says she will enact a simple system for those with sympathetic cases, such as parents of so-called Dreamers to make them eligible to stay in the U.S. bypassing Congressional action.


On vetting refugees, Clinton says she would focus resources on detaining and deporting those who pose a violent threat to public safety and make sure those seeking asylum have a fair chance to tell their stories.

Clinton says she would expand access to Affordable Health Care, and regardless of immigration status allow people to buy into the government health insurance exchanges.

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