Andrew Yang on Immigration



12M illegal immigrants is a major problem

Q: Do you think illegal immigration is a major problem in the United States?

A: "We have over 12 million undocumented immigrants here in America and that is a major problem."

Q: When did your family first arrive in the United States, and how?

A: "My parents immigrated to the United States in the 1960s. They were both students."

Source: 2019 "Meet the Candidates" (NY Times.com) , Jun 18, 2019

Immigrants make US stronger and more dynamic

We have well over 12 million undocumented immigrants. The most logical and humane path forward is to create a pathway to citizenship for people who are here and undocumented, particularly for the Dreamers who've really known no other home but the US. I'm the son of immigrants. I believe that immigrants make our country stronger and more dynamic. There are many, many people who are here and undocumented that we should integrate into our formal economy and to society, if we can.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2019

Need more case workers & judges at southern border

We have a migrant crisis on the southern border. And it's in part because the composition of the people who are showing up at the border is changing, where now it's people who are applying for asylum, and unfortunately we don't have the resources to process them in any kind of effective punctual or effective way, and so the waiting period is literally over a year in some cases. We need to put more resources to work on our southern border. We need more facilities, case workers, asylum judges.
Source: CNN Town Hall: 2020 presidential hopefuls , Apr 14, 2019

Come out of shadows with long-term permanent residency

Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Deporting 11 million is impossible and inhumane

We have to face facts that there are over 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. Millions of them pay taxes and have American children. Deporting them is impossible and inhumane. Having them continue to live in the shadows brings with it many problems and drawbacks. The best path forward is to provide a pathway to citizenship for those who are here illegally. We need to bring them into the formal economy out of the shadows.
Source: 2020 presidential campaign website Yang2020.com , Mar 29, 2019

Boost funding for U.S. ports of entry

Source: PBS News hour on 2020 Presidential hopefuls , Mar 19, 2019

Supports the DREAM Act

Yang has conceded that the Southern border needs more security but has offered no specific alternatives to the president's border wall. Supports the DREAM Act.
Source: Townhall.com: 2020 Democratic primary "Candidate profiles" , Feb 6, 2019

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Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
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