Democratic Debate II - Immigration Plans - Day 1 -

Posted by Ally Bolour | Jul 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

Tuesday, July 30, CNN will host the first night of the Second Democratic Debate. Below is a list of Tuesday's candidates as well as a brief overview of their immigration policies. Please note these lists are not comprehensive. More detailed information can be found on each candidates' respective website.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vermont

●     Expand DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) and DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans)

●     Reshape and reform ICE

●     End family separation and detention of minors

●     Establish standards for independent oversight of relevant agencies within DHS

Sen. Ellizabeth Warren, Massachusetts

●     Decriminalize illegal migration

●     Reshape ICE and CBP to, "uphold the rule of law, not pursue punitive anti-immigrant policies"

●     Create accountability for the abuse perpetrated during the Trump Era

●     Eliminate private detention facilities

●     Expand the use of parole and alternatives to detention

●     Eliminate expedited removal and provide due process

●     Expand legal immigration (e.g. raise the refugee cap, affirm asylum protections)

●     Address the forces displacing migrants from their home countries (e.g. increase aid)

Mayor Pete Buttigieg, South Bend, Indiana

●     End backlogs in the immigration and asylum processes

●     Modernize immigration laws to reflect current humanitarian and economic needs

●     Restore humanitarian relief for refugees

●     End family separation

●     Evaluate ICE and CBP practices

●     Prevent arbitrary targeting of immigrant communities by enforcement officials

●     Add reasonable security measures at the border

Former Congressman Beto O'Rourke, Texas

●     Enact family reunification

●     Rescind travel bans

●     Remove the fear of deportation for the beneficiaries of programs like DACA and TPS (Temporary Protected Status)

●     End "remain in Mexico" policies

●     Eliminate funding for for-profit detention centers

●     Increase court staff, clerks, interpreters, and judges

●     Increase the visa caps

●     Ensure transparency and accountability in law enforcement

●     Increase accountability from ICE and CBP personnel

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, Minnesota

●     Protect DACA and TPS and Deferred Enforcement Departure designations

●     End family separation

●     End the travel ban

●     Restore asylum for victims of GBV (gender-based violence)

●     Raise the refugee admissions cap

●     Reopen international USCIS (U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services) offices

Former Governor John Hickenlooper, Colorado

●     Create a pathway to legalization for illegal immigrants

●     Ensure border security

●     Improve conditions in the Northern Triangle Countries (Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador)

●     Hire more immigration judges and support staff

Former Congressman John Delaney, Maryland 

●     Create a clear path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants and DREAMers

●     Invest in effective border security

●     Reform the visa program for guest workers

●     Increase refugee cap for resettlement in the U.S

Ms. Marianne Williamson

●     Close private detention centers

●     Speed up the process of granting asylum seekers entry

●     Expand protections for LGBTQ immigrants and asylum seekers

Two candidates do not have a clear immigration plan on their websites. These are 

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