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Democratic Debate II - Immigration Plans - Day 1 -

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 

Gov. Steve Bullock of Montana and Rep. Tim Ryan o

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