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What do you propose to do to those in government that are above the law?

It's become far too common for those in power to skirt the law. Unfortunately there are those that have consistently done wrong and continue to move along without repercussion. This must stop.

Submitted by: Garrett B. from UT
Sept. 27, 2016, 11:11 a.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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If you deport my parents, what happens to me?

I am 6 years old and an American citizen. I have a 3 year old sister who is also an American. My heart is very sad, because I’m scared that ICE is going to deport my undocumented mommy and daddy.

Submitted by: Sophie C. from CA
Sept. 29, 2016, 5:13 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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What will you do to protect the rights of Native Americans and their land?

Currently Native American lands are being threaten by being sold off by the government to oil companies to build the Dakota pipeline. Their water and climate are endangered. How will you protect it.

Submitted by: April L. from IL
Sept. 28, 2016, 2:24 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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How will you advance anti-discrimination laws for LGBT+ Americans?

Most states have 0 protection laws, and the Federal Government has only the EEOC Ruling, compromising housing, job, & health safety. How will you address opponents who cite fear for religious freedom?

Submitted by: Natalie L. from NY
Sept. 27, 2016, 5:12 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Do you support bipartisan legislation to fully restore the Voting Rights Act?

This is the first presidential election in 50 years without the full protections of the Voting Rights Act. Would you work to restore the VRA to protect Americans against discriminatory voting laws?

Submitted by: Patrick M. from DC
Sept. 29, 2016, 5:43 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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What will you do to address the structural inequalities in criminal justice?

I am specifically wondering how you will 1) change policies like minimum sentencing laws that disproportionately incarcerate black Americans, and 2)repair community relationships with law enforcement.

Submitted by: Julianna A. from NJ
Sept. 27, 2016, 2:23 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Will you ensure religion isn’t used as an excuse to discriminate & harm others?

Religious freedom is a core value—it means we can practice our faith, but not harm others. Yet in IN, NC, MS & more, we see efforts to use religion to discriminate, often against LGBTQ people & women.

Submitted by: Barry L. from DC
Oct. 3, 2016, 4:47 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Do you support the constitution of the United States as it is written?

Are you willing to defend the rights of Americans as granted to them by the constitution as written? We to know the intentions of our candidates with regards to our rights as Americans

Submitted by: Robert B. from OK
Sept. 26, 2016, 12:52 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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How do you plan to deal with the increasing amounts of gun violence in America?

As an American high school student, it seems that all we hear about in the news is acts of gun violence. How do you plan to decrease the violence?

Submitted by: Olivia C. from NJ
Sept. 28, 2016, 1:54 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Refugees and Illegal immigrants but not veterans receive special benefits , Why?

I see Illegals and Refugees receiving housing, health care and stipends. Veterans wait for healthcare - sometimes living in the streets and receive little in support

Submitted by: Ken B. from FL
Oct. 7, 2016, 12:21 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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What criteria will you use for Supreme Court nominees and why?

Will Obama's nominee, Merrick Garland, be on your list? Do you think Congress was wrong or right to not initiate a hearing for Judge Garland?

Submitted by: Jennifer P. from TN
Sept. 27, 2016, 11:34 a.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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How would you value disability rights in your presidency?

One in five Americans lives with a disability. What are your plans to protect and expand disability rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act?

Submitted by: Colleen F. from MA
Sept. 29, 2016, 2:44 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Why are laws not being enforced concerning illegal immigration?

Companies and jobs are being sent to other countries. We have millions of unemployed people who are willing to work but can't get a job because a foreigner is doing what a citizen could do. Why?

Submitted by: Dwaine T. from CA
Sept. 27, 2016, 5:55 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Why is 'Voting Day' not a national holiday? Give people the time to vote!

I believe we can all agree that the right to vote is sacred in our Democratic Republic. Give everyone the time to vote by giving everyone a mandatory day off from work on this special day!

Submitted by: Mick G. from TX
Sept. 27, 2016, 3:17 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Should Catholic hospitals be required to perform elective abortions?

The ACLU sued Catholic hospitals in federal court demanding that they perform abortions. They are now lobbying the Obama administration to force Catholic hospitals to perform abortions.

Submitted by: Brian B. from WI
Oct. 5, 2016, 5:02 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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What will you do to fix Green Card Backlogs for legal high skilled immigrants?

It will take 70 years for a high skilled immigrant from India to get their permanent residency due to discriminatory per country caps on employment based green cards. How will you address this issue?

Submitted by: Namit G. from NY
Oct. 6, 2016, 6:57 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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What would you say to a trans kid forced to use a separate restroom in school?

My 12-year-old daughter is transgender. She just started middle school, where she has to either use the boys' restroom or a separate one, making her a target for teasing and bullying, or worse.

Submitted by: Amy A. from VA
Oct. 4, 2016, 6:32 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Do you unambiguously reject any racists or other bigots who might support you?

You can't control who votes for you but you can make your feelings clear. Will you tell any racists or other bigots who are watching that you don't want their vote, and you will fight them if elected?

Submitted by: Jacob S. from VA
Sept. 29, 2016, 10:32 a.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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How do you plan to combat the racial tension and police brutality in the U.S.?

Do you have a detailed plan to prevent the criminal justice system from targeting minorities and gunning down unarmed civilians?

Submitted by: Melissa M. from OH
Oct. 2, 2016, 5:20 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Will you support the rights of Americans first, by eliminating Sanctuary Cities?

Numerous violent crimes are being perpetrated by illegal aliens against Americans. While current immigration laws are being ignored by cities and states. We need a government that can at least inforce

Submitted by: Michael B. from CA
Oct. 7, 2016, 12:48 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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How is using the no-fly list as gun control not a violation of due process?

Both candidates have said we should use the list to screen gun owners. But there is no due process involved in being placed on the list. Why would you disregard the constitutional? Even the ACLU agree

Submitted by: Kevin F. from MI
Sept. 27, 2016, 11:18 a.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Submitted by: Violet S. from NJ
Sept. 27, 2016, 7:29 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Would you support amending the Constitution to include equal rights for women?

The Equal Rights Amendment has been pending since 1920 when women got the right to vote. Women continue to face discrimination in the workplace and elsewhere. Polls show 94% of Americans support ERA.

Submitted by: Sarah M. from NY
Sept. 28, 2016, 11:54 a.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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Why is requiring identification to vote racist?

Many politicians claim that requiring an ID to vote is racist? How so?

Submitted by: Robert B. from GA
Sept. 27, 2016, 12:06 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights
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How will you defend the separation of church and state?

The United States is a secular nation where one religion is not held above any other. How will you defend us against religious intrusions to our secular government?

Submitted by: Lauren E. from MD
Sept. 27, 2016, 4:12 p.m.
Issue area: Civil Rights

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