Watch: How the immigration debate has changed in the Republican party

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It’s natural for things and ideas to evolve over time, but some social issues seem to stay the same.

Super Tuesday is less than 24 hours away and Republican and Democratic candidates are trying to win as many votes as possible.

During recent speeches, candidates have talked about everything from the safety of America to illegal immigration.

Presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said on numerous occasions that he would build a wall along the southern border of the United States to prevent illegal immigrants from crossing into the country.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have also taken a hard stance on illegal immigration, saying the southern border needs to be secured and that current laws need to be modernized to deal with illegal immigrants.

Illegal immigration is not a new problem in the United States. Instead, it has been talked about for decades by candidates, including George H. Bush and Ronald Reagan.

However, their thoughts on the issue are quite different from the current candidates’ plans.

“I’d like to see something done about the illegal alien problem that would be so sensitive and so understanding about labor needs and human needs that that problem wouldn’t come up. But today, if those people are here, I would reluctantly say that I think they would get whatever it is that they’re, what society is giving to their neighbors. The problem has to be solved. The problem has to be solved because as we have kind of made illegal  some kinds of labor that I would like to see legal, we’re doing two things:  We’re creating a whole society of really honorable, decent, family loving people that are in violation of the law, and secondly, we’re exacerbating relations with Mexico. The answer to your question is much more fundamental than whether they attend Houston schools it seems to me. I don’t want to see a whole, if they’re living here, I don’t want to see a whole, think a 6 and 8-year-old kids being made totally uneducated and made to feel that they’re living outside the law. Let’s address ourselves to the fundamentals. These are good people, strong people, part of my family is Mexican,” Bush said during the debate in 1980.

“I think the time has come that the United States and our neighbors, particularly our neighbor to the south, should have a better understanding and a better relationship than we’ve ever had. And I think that we haven’t been sensitive enough to our size and our power. They have a problem of 40 to 50 percent unemployment. Now, this cannot continue without the possibility arising, with regard to that other country we talked about, Cuba, and what it is stirring up. Of possibility of trouble below the border and we can have a very hostile and strange neighbor on our border. Rather than making them, or talking about putting up a fence, why don’t we work out some recognition of our mutual problems, make it possible for them to come here legally with a work permit and then while they’re working and earning here, they pay taxes here. And when they want to go back, they go back and open the border both ways by understanding their problems,” Reagan said.


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