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Explain your position on U.S. immigration policy.

Clark Patterson

35th District


I ardently support comprehensive immigration reform based on greatly increasing legal levels of immigration. In a 2012 Gallup poll, roughly 150 million foreigners expressed a desire to immigrate to the US. With some procedural vetting, we should allow the vast majority to do so. Contrary to the current conventional wisdom, immigration is a win-win proposition. Immigrants benefit from moving to the US, but so do natives. Consequently, we should legalize the current 11.2 million undocumented workers and grant them a pathway to citizenship. We should also allow in many more political refugees.