Presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) calls for decriminalizing the crossing of the undocumented border, reducing the detention of migrants, and increasing resources for aid to Central America in their campaign's recently unveiled comprehensive immigration platform.
At a League At the United Latin American country's Milwaukee event, which also featured Julián Castro (2020) and Sen. Bernie Sanders (2020), Warren issued a proposal that was not unambiguously a clear rebuke to the immigration agenda President Trump applies.
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Amid reports of unsafe and unsanitary conditions in immigration detention centers along the southern border, Warren's plan is to reduce detention altogether and eliminate private detention centers.
As The administration is pushing for asylum seekers and refugees. Warren promises to accept six to eight times as many refugees as Trump in their early years as president and implement proposals that would make it easier for asylum seekers to get a day in court.
And with millions of undocumented immigrants who came to the US as children when the government launched the "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals" program, Warren calls for the program for Expand DREAMer and their families as well as those with papers Temporary Protection status.
Of course, all this would mean a tough battle in Congress – and would probably be dead on arrival if the Republicans retained control of the Senate.
Sen. Kamala Harris, who has not yet published a full proposal for immigration policy, has recently proposed a path to citizenship by an executive. Warren does not do that. But she says that on some fronts, including ending the separation and facilitating the petition for legal status for undocumented immigrants, she is ready to seek the Congress.
"I will work with Congress to pass a far-reaching reform, but I'm also ready to push the executive if Congress refuses to act," she said in the media blog post in which she writes announced her plan.
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Warren's plan goes much further than what Democrats have largely gathered in Congress; the Dream and Promise Act, a route to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants who came to the US as children, as well as immigrants with temporary humanitarian protection. The House democrats passed this law in June. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats have been working on their own immigration bill to regulate the separation of families at the border, investing in aid to Central America, and facilitating the asylum procedure. Castro, who at the beginning of the cycle is talking nationally about legalization changed to a radical restriction of enforcement. So much so that Castro, according to Castro's congratulatory election worker Natalie Montelongo as Castro Warren after the LULAC conference, replied, "Well, it has a lot of Castro."
Here's a breakdown of what Warren demands:
- The focus is on efforts to make illegal entry and re-entry into civil law into a criminal offense after deportation to the United States, rather than an offense abolishing a law in force. Books have been going on for decades but rarely enforced until the George W. Bush administration became more frequent as the prosecution of unauthorized immigrants for illegal entry. It is a position that Castro first adopted and then urged other Democratic 2020 candidates to agree as well.
Migrants who enter the United States without papers would still commit a crime and could still be deported. But as Dara Lind Vox stated earlier this year, crossing the borderless border would have huge consequences, including ending family separation. "The Trump administration's attempts to prosecute illegal immigration under the slogan" Zero Tolerance "were the legal basis for the widespread separation of families in 2018: children were separated because their parents were detained for prosecution" , writes Lind.
- Warren also says that they are clearing government contracts with private detention centers and reducing the overall use of detention for migrants awaiting trial. She cited Vox's coverage of alternatives to detention centers, including electronic monitoring and social work monitoring, to identify programs she would invest in.
- Warren, like the former O Rourke, suggests making immigration tribunals independent and overturn the Attorney General's decisions by the judges. She also calls for a defense program to allow immigrants to seek legal advice.
- It also suggests redesigning Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Control, with a focus on agencies' efforts to control cargo, identify counterfeit goods and prevent smuggling and trafficking, and terminate the program with which local law enforcement agencies can be seconded as immigration deporters.
- Warren calls for the reinstatement of the DACA and the extension of the program to persons who were brought to the United States under the age of 18. They also want protection for families of dreamers and some workers. Unlike Harris, who suggested using the executive to provide these immigrants with a path to citizenship, Warren said she would work with Congress.
- It also promises to welcome 125,000 refugees in their first year as president and by the end of their 175,000-a-year annual record of their first term. (Trump has limited the number of refugees to 30,000 in 2019.)
- And she would lift Trump's restrictions on asylum seekers to recapture victims of gang violence and domestic abuse, and put an end to the government's policy of "staying in Mexico." Previously, asylum seekers had to wait on the other side of the border until their cases were heard.
Warren also calls for more support for legal immigration, including the redistribution of unused visas to address the currently lagging millions who are awaiting a route to enter the US and naturalization obstacles – such as application fees – for green cardholders dismantle.