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Debate Round III: Where the candidates stand on immigration

In this June 22, 2016 photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. A report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center showed the number of immigrants in the country illegally fell to 11 million in 2015 from six years earlier. (Gregory Bull / AP)
In this June 22, 2016 photo, Border Patrol agent Eduardo Olmos walks near the secondary fence separating Tijuana, Mexico, background, and San Diego in San Diego. A report released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center showed the number of immigrants in the country illegally fell to 11 million in 2015 from six years earlier. (Gregory Bull / AP)

Six topics were chosen by moderator Chris Wallace for the third and final presidential debate. The 90-minute event will be divided into six 15-minute segments, with both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump speaking on the topics. Here’s where the two candidates stand on immigration, based on their previous statements.

Immigration

Clinton: She has vowed to push quickly for comprehensive immigration reform, including a path to citizenship, and to defend President Obama’s executive orders designed to protect some long-term immigrants from deportation – the so-called “Dreamers,” who entered the country without documentation before age 16, and their families. Trump’s hard-core focus on immigration, plus Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ primary challenge, has forced Clinton to the left, and she says she’d concentrate deportation efforts only on criminals who “pose a violent threat to public safety.” While saying she didn’t want to create “a blanket rule,” she then noted she doesn’t want to deport children or family members.

Trump: One of the bedrocks of his candidacy is the promise to build a southern border wall and make Mexico pay for it. Other details of his immigration plan have changed regularly, such as calling for barring all Muslims, including tourists, from entering the U.S., then later saying the ban would only apply to Muslims coming from countries with a history of terrorism. He also argued that the country should choose immigrants with needed skills, and wants to end “birthright” citizenship for the children of undocumented immigrants who are born on U.S. soil.

Source: San Francisco Chronicle