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  by  Roy Beck

Successful businessmen Donald Trump and Herman Cain have attracted a lot of attention in their own ways because of their announced interest in running for President in 2012.

We have heard a lot of people claiming that both of these men provide some great hope for those of us looking for an end to illegal immigration and deep reductions in further legal immigration of workers to compete with unemployed Americans.

We didn't find that hope. Not yet, anyway.

  • We can't give Cain higher than a D+.
  • And Trump is way down in the D-minus territory.

Now that Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour has announced that he will not run for the GOP nomination, that leaves  former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as the only Republican Hopeful rating worse than Trump at the moment.  

As with all the Hopefuls, we rated these two on 12 different immigration issues and then added up the results to calculate their overall grade.

Listening to both men's rhetoric, you might think they are much better on immigration.

But NumbersUSA exists to help you cut through the generalities to find out whether there is any real substance to a politician on immigration. As with all the other Hopefuls, we studied everything Trump and Cain have said or written publicly about immigration.

If you find anything that you think we may not have that would change any of our ratings, please email to us at:

You can see our ratings of all 11 Hopefuls at:


The most disturbing finding was that both Hopefuls show a lack of sensitivity to the 22 million Americans who can't find a full-time job.

Both are Bad (well, Trump is Abysmal) in terms of limiting unfair foreign worker competition. Both of them have made statements that indicate they believe we have worker shortages in various parts of the labor market and that we need to import more foreign workers.

Like most of the Republican Hopefuls, these two have totally avoided dealing with most of the urgent immigration issues that face us.

That means they are allowing the status quo to go unchallenged. The status quo is what allows 8 million illegal aliens to keep their U.S. jobs right now. The status quo is what imports another 1 million legal immigrants with permanent work permits each year and is driving most of our current population explosion and congestion.


Showing some promise, both are moving in the right direction on securing our borders.

And Trump earns a GOOD while Cain earns an EXCELLENT in supporting local enforcement of immigration laws.

That's it for Trump.

But Cain earns an EXCELLENT for the specificity of his opposition to amnesty/legalization.

And Cain also earns a FIRST STEPS for showing some support for mandatory E-Verify.



The reason we update these ratings weekly is so you can continue to press your favorite Hopefuls to improve their immigration platform.

If you like Trump or Cain, you now know what you need to push them on.

The same goes for those of you who support other Hopefuls, including Pres. Obama. Keep pushing them to do better.

Sadly, Cain's D+ grade puts him ahead of seven of the Hopefuls. The only ones doing better are:

  • Ron Paul (C-minus)
  • Tim Pawlenty (C+)
  • Michelle Bachmann (B-minus)

You can find information about how to contact all the Presidential Hopefuls by clicking on their photo on our Prez Grid.

ROY BECK is Founder & CEO of NumbersUSA

Elections 2011

Updated: Thu, May 11th 2017 @ 4:33pm EDT

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