Another Day, Another Anti-Immigrant Running for President

Another Day, Another Anti-Immigrant Running for President

Huckabee, Carson, and Fiorina All Oppose Citizenship for Hardworking Immigrant Families, Continue Same-Old Anti-Immigrant Attacks

WASHINGTON – This week, three more Republicans announced their candidacies for President in 2016: Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina, and Mike Huckabee.  While unlikely to be serious contenders for the GOP nomination, these candidates are notable for their extreme positions on immigration reform.

Carly Fiorina, a former CEO from California opposes citizenship for hardworking immigrant families, even though a large majority of California Republicans disagree. Ben Carson, who also announced his campaign Monday, recently blamed a measles outbreak on immigrants.  And if the race wasn’t crowded enough, Gov. Mike Huckabee, who is announcing his campaign today, once compared immigrants to dogs rushing across the border for a “bowl of food”.

“The rise of far-right and anti-immigrant fringe candidates in the 2016 presidential race is troubling," said Lupe Lopez, Executive Director of the Alliance for Citizenship. “But more troubling is what the leading candidates continue to say on immigration. Just in the past few weeks, we’ve seen Scott Walker discussing reductions in legal immigration, Jeb Bush backtracking on past support for CIR, and Marco Rubio saying he would ‘cancel’ DAPA and deport parents of U.S. citizen children.”

“Latino, Asian American, and immigrant voters will be a decisive voting bloc in next year’s election – if these candidates continue to be so out of touch with a majority of the American people on immigration, they’ll pay the price on Election Day.”


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