Saturday, November 9, 2019

Bernie Sanders' Immigration Plan


Earlier this week, Democratic Presidential Candidate Bernie Sanders relased his immigration plan.  The "Key Points" are

"Institute a moratorium on deportations until a thorough audit of past practices and policies is complete.

Reinstate and expand DACA and develop a humane policy for those seeking asylum.

Completely reshape and reform our immigration enforcement system, including breaking up ICE and CBP and redistributing their functions to their proper authorities.

Dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and reunite families who have been separated.

Live up to our ideals as a nation and welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, including those displaced by climate change."

in the preface to the "Details" section, the platform states that

"We now have a president who is a racist, a xenophobe, and a demagogue. He has tried, as all demagogues do, to divide us by demonizing immigrants and blaming them for society’s problems. He has used hateful and disgusting rhetoric to try to dehumanize an entire group of people, and he has used the power of the federal government to mistreat and terrorize immigrants at the border and in our communities. We must stand together with our immigrant friends and neighbors and stand up to President Trump’s xenophobic words and actions."

Nicole Narea and Tara Golshan on Vox sees "Bernie Sanders’s immigration platform . . . [as] a classic Bernie Sanders plan: a policy agenda that reflects demands from activists on the left while still framing immigration as part of his signature issue of workers’ rights."

Aida Chavez on the Intercept states that "Arguably the most ambitious of any Democratic presidential candidate’s so far, the plan goes beyond a general call for a path to legal status for immigrants and takes full aim at President Donald Trump’s racist policies at the southern border. Unlike any other candidate, Sanders calls for the break up of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and to improve working conditions and labor protections for industries that rely on an immigrant workforce."


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