Monday, July 13, 2020
As a candidate, Senator Barack Obama had an ambitious immigration agenda, which he described in this exclusive interview with the ImmigrationProf blog. After the 2008 election, President Obama focused on health care reform, with immigration reform not a high priority in his first term. His administration deported hundreds of thousands of noncitizens annually, with the removal record leading to the nickname "deporter-in-chief."
Likely Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has an ambitious immigration platform. Alexander Bolton on The Hill discusses how Democrats are vowing to move forward with immigration reform if Biden is elected president and the party also takes back the Senate in the 2020 elections.
"The prospect would set up a bruising battle in Congress next year, one that Democrats shied away from in 2009 and 2010, after Barack Obama won the presidency in 2008 and Democrats expanded their Senate majority and controlled the House. It also underscores the stakes for the 2020 election. Polls show that Biden has built a lead nationally and in swing states, and Democrats increasingly like their chances of winning back the Senate majority."