According to the 2004 "Democratic Platform for America," Democrats want to create a "path for undocumented aliens to earn citizenship." The party reiterated this message as part of the 2012 Democratic Party Platform.
Here are some quotes from prominent Democrats on the topic of immigration:
- "Mexican, Central American and Caribbean leadership wanted my assurances that there would be no mass deportations. I gave it to them, but also said we had to enforce our immigration laws."Bill Clinton, 2004
- "We need to fix America's broken immigration system, to grow our economy and give undocumented youth and their families the chance to earn their citizenship."Barack Obama's official website
- "Our immigration system is broken, and we have an obligation to work on it until we fix it."Joe Biden
In addition, Democrats believe in speeding up the process of legal immigration for immediate relatives of U.S. citizens. They also believe in holding employers accountable for hiring illegal immigrants.