Posted by 07 November 2019
Calling President Trump “a racist, a xenophobe, and a demagogue,” Senator Bernie Sanders today unveiled his proposal to reverse the Trump Administration immigration actions and make major changes to U.S. immigration law.
Among other things, the Sanders plan would:
- Reverse President Trump’s executive actions that affect immigrants, including the travel ban and restrictions on asylum
- Put a moratorium on deportations
- Provide legal status to individuals in the DACA program (immigrants who were brought to the U.S. illegally as children)
- Stop deportations of undocumented immigrants who have been in the U.S. for longer than 5 years
- Ask Congress to pass legislation to provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants
- Decriminalize illegal border crossing
- Provide illegal immigrants with the right to legal counsel in deportation hearings
- Restructure ICE and the Border Patrol
- Reform worker visas to allow immigrants to work in more places
- Focus immigration law enforcement on employers, not workers
- Mandate a $15 minimum wage for farm workers
- Lift the cap on refugee admissions
Many of these proposals are direct repudiations of Trump Administration immigration policies. In line with his position on the left wing of the Democratic Party, Sen. Sanders is focusing on penalizing employers over immigrants when it comes to enforcing current immigration laws. He is also supporting programs that would allow more immigrants into the U.S. and make it easier for those who are in the U.S. to remain here.
In the past, Sen. Sanders has criticized what he characterizes as “open border” policies as being a way for business owners to undermine U.S. workers’ rights. This plan is his attempt to spell out exactly what he would do as president when it comes to immigration reform. Many of these proposals would require action by Congress.
Do you support putting a moratorium on deportations? Should immigration enforcement focus on business owners who are using illegal immigrant labor?