Jeb Bush

“It must be a basic prerequisite for citizenship to respect the rule of law. But those who entered illegally, despite compelling reasons to do so in many instances, did so knowing that they were violating the law of the land. A grant of citizenship is an undeserving reward for conduct that we cannot afford to encourage.”

Rand Paul

“It’s been immigration, it’s been healthcare reform as well as war powers. He thinks he can do anything. In frankly almost all of these areas he’s usurped his authority. It’s wrong from a constitutional perspective. I think with DACA [the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals executive amnesty], he has no authority to do DACA. Not only is it wrong from a constitutional perspective but then in doing so it becomes something that really messes up the border.”

Newt Gingrich

“We should have prepared executive orders replacing all of Obama’s unconstitutional executive orders across the board. And on the first day the new president is sworn in, he should sign all of those orders so you could literally wipe out a wave of Obama executive orders in 24 hours.”

Bobby Jindal

“I can hear the critics now: They will say we can’t secure the border, it’s too hard. But that’s a straw man — the people who say we can’t secure the border are really saying that they don’t want to secure the border.”

Carly Fiorina

“I do not support amnesty for those who have come here
illegally. I believe the federal government must secure the border and it has
not done its job. I believe as well that the fed government has to come up with
a guest worker program that works.”

Ted Cruz

“I am categorically opposed to amnesty. Amnesty is wrong, it is contrary to rule of law and it is unfair to the billions of legal immigrants who waited in line and came here legally. And number 3 we need to remain a nation that does not just welcome but celebrates legal immigrants who follow the rules and come here seeking the American dream. Last week Obama implemented a back door amnesty policy. That in my judgement is unconstitutional, lawless and wrong.”

Scott Walker

“I’ve not said there should be amnesty in this country. I don’t believe that. I don’t support the legislation being kicked around. What I’ve said repeatedly is we need to fix the immigration system, but fix the legal system. So if people want to come in this country we should have a legal immigration system.”

Ted Cruz

“In January 2017, we will have a new president and if I am elected president, the very first thing I intend to do on the first day is rescind every single unconstitutional or illegal executive action from President Obama.”

Ben Carson

“All of this is irrelevant unless we have secure borders. There is much that can be learned from security personnel in prisons and other secured facilities, and there is a great deal of smart technology that can be employed to achieve secure borders. It is a matter of will rather than ability.”