The first Republican presidential candidate debate, scheduled for 9 p.m. on Fox News this Thursday, will feature 10 candidates. Most people expect this debate will touch on immigration, as it is a topic that galvanizes the Republican base consistently.
The opinions of many candidates on immigration are already clear, with Trump’s remarks on Mexican immigrants standing as a prime example. Recently, Trump said he would deport all undocumented immigrants before allowing some to come back – a plan that has been suggested and discarded before, according to AZCentral.
Other candidates’ opinions are across the board, as many who are pro-business support immigration reform. Others who are reaching toward a very conservative base have made proposals that go so far as to suggest limiting legal immigration further, as Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has done.
Most candidates do believe border security is a priority, whether or not they support mass deportations or are open to some sort of immigration reform.
After this first debate, the landscape of possible Republican presidential views on immigration will be more clear, and will allow voters and immigration advocates to understand which stance seems most popular.