(Editor's Note: Richardson dropped out of the presidential race for the Democratic nomination after finishing fourth place twice, with 2 percent of the delegate in the Iowa caucus and 5 percent of the delegate in the New Hampshire primary. Read an explanation on his campaign Web site.)
Richardson does not support legislation that builds walls between nations and ultimately tears families apart. He proposes national reform that would require those already in the county to learn English and pay back taxes, among other criteria, in order to gain legalization. To stop further illegal immigration, Richardson proposes helping Mexico to implement reforms within their country in addition to increasing the number of legal immigrants allowed in the U.S. each year.
Richardson's Web site: Realistic Immigration Reform
Read Richardson's immigration plan.
YouTube video: Democratic Debate: Immigration Reform
Governor Richardson discusses his immigration policy at the CNN Democratic Presidential debates.
YouTube video: Richardson discusses Immigration with the NALEO
Governor Richardson discusses his views and policy on illegal immigration to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
— Las Vegas Sun intern Jenna Kohler contributed to this report.