Tuesday, September 15, 2020

Five immigration questions for the presidential debates

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Nolan Rappaport on The Hill spells out five wonderful immigration questions for the upcoming Trump/Biden Presidential debate:

Question: Would you be willing to support negotiations to secure a congressional agreement on a path to legalization for undocumented immigrants?

Question: Should employer sanctions be abandoned in favor of having the Labor Department use federal labor laws to stop the exploitation of employees in industries known to hire large numbers of undocumented immigrants?

Question: How much should the government spend on the enforcement of our immigration laws in the interior of the country, and are you willing to cut funds from other areas to cover interior enforcement costs?  If so, where would you make the cuts?

Question: How would you deal with the immigration court backlog crisis?

Question: Would you be willing to support the installation of a surveillance system along the entire length of the Mexico border to detect illegal crossings that are not being detected by the border patrol?

Rappaport's "final point" :  "The candidates should not be allowed to use their time to say bad things about their opponents. The voters need to know how the candidates would handle these difficult issues if they are elected, not why they dislike each other."

I would very much love to hear the answers of each candidate to these questions.  My fear is that we may not get even one immigration question but, if we do, the question will be about the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy (an important issue but one about which we know the candidate's respective views).



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