Monday, February 10, 2020
Michael Bloomberg released his plan Monday to overhaul the nation's immigration system, promising to overturn several Trump administration policies and reform the visa system by allowing place-based visas that will allow regions of the country to address unmet economic and social needs.
In the plan, Bloomberg calls for ending "plans that run counter to American values," including the travel ban that was recently expanded, family separations at the border and building a wall along the US border with Mexico.
The former mayor of New York also commits to protecting status for those in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program as well as Temporary Protected Status holders -- both programs that have faced cuts and setbacks during the Trump administration. Bloomberg also states his support for a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented people living in the country.
Bloomberg's focus on visas in the proposal differs from what many of the other Democrats are calling for. Bloomberg proposes a place-based visa system that allows different areas and regions of the country to address their unfulfilled economic and social needs.