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Joseph Biden
Donald J. Trump
Howie Hawkins
Jo Jorgensen

Immigration

The Trump Administration’s politically-motivated decisions to rescind protected status for hundreds of thousands of people fleeing countries impacted by war and natural disasters — without regard for current country conditions — is a recipe for disaster. Biden will protect TPS and Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) holders from being returned to countries that are unsafe. TPS/DED holders who have been in the country for an extended period of time and built lives in the U.S. will also be offered a path to citizenship through legislative immigration reform.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will rescind the un-American travel and refugee bans, also referred to as “Muslim bans.” The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim bias hurts our economy, betrays our values, and can serve as a powerful terrorist recruiting tool.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will end the so-called National Emergency that siphons federal dollars from the Department of Defense to build a wall. Building a wall will do little to deter criminals and cartels seeking to exploit our borders. Instead of stealing resources from schools for military children and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Biden will direct federal resources to smart border enforcement efforts, like investments in improving screening infrastructure at our ports of entry, that will actually keep America safer.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will reverse Trump’s public charge rule, which runs counter to our values as Americans and the history of our nation. Allowing immigration officials to make an individual’s ability to receive a visa or gain permanent residency contingent on their use of government services such as SNAP benefits or Medicaid, their household income, and other discriminatory criteria undermines America’s character as land of opportunity that is open and welcoming to all, not just the wealthy.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will surge humanitarian resources to the border and foster public-private initiatives. Humanitarian needs are best met through a network of organizations, such as faith-based shelters, non-governmental aid organizations, legal non-profits, and refugee assistance agencies working together. Biden will dramatically increase U.S. government resources to support migrants awaiting assessment of their asylum claims and to the organizations providing for their needs.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will immediately reverse the Trump Administration’s cruel and senseless policies that separate parents from their children at our border, including ending the prosecution of parents for minor immigration violations as an intimidation tactic, and prioritize the reunification of any children still separated from their families.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will protect Dreamers and their families. The Obama-Biden Administration created DACA in 2012 to protect “Dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children, obeyed the law once here, and stayed in school or enlisted in the military. DACA provided young people who passed a background check and application process with temporary work permits and protection from deportation. Dreamers and their parents should have a roadmap to citizenship through legislative immigration reform. Biden will remove the uncertainty for Dreamers by reinstating the DACA program, and he will explore all legal options to protect their families from inhumane separation. Biden will also ensure Dreamers are eligible for federal student aid (loans, Pell grants) and are included in his proposals to provide access to community college without debt and invest in HBCU/Hispanic Serving Institution/Minority Serving Institutions, which will help Dreamers contribute even more to our economy.

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As president, Biden will: Invest in better technology coupled with privacy protections at the border, both at and between ports of entry, including cameras, sensors, large-scale x-ray machines, and fixed towers. Biden will also improve cross-agency collaboration. Multiple federal agencies collect information on transnational criminal organizations that smuggle people, arms, and illegal narcotics. To more effectively combat the trafficking of illicit goods at the ports of entry, consistent with our commitment to privacy, we must improve our coordination across and between government agencies; Work with Mexico and Canada as partners — not as adversaries. Better cooperation with our neighbors translates to greater security for all our countries. Instead of bullying our friends, Biden will build partnerships grounded in respect to pursue our shared interests and enhance our shared capabilities and information.

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In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration will end Trump’s detrimental asylum policies; Surge asylum officers to efficiently review the cases of recent border crossers and keep cases with positive credible-fear findings with the Asylum Division. This change, recommended by the non-partisan Migration Policy Institute, will eliminate duplication of resources and fact-finding while reviewing the merit of asylum cases and alleviate the burden on the overwhelmed immigration courts. Not everyone leaving Central America is an asylum applicant, but many are, and each case should be reviewed fairly and in full accordance with the law. Migrants who qualify for an asylum claim will be admitted to the country through an orderly process and connected with resources that will help them care for themselves.

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As president, Biden will commit significant political capital to finally deliver legislative immigration reform to ensure that the U.S. remains open and welcoming to people from every part of the world–and to bring hardworking people who have enriched our communities and our country, in some cases for decades, out of the shadows. Biden will immediately begin working with Congress to modernize our system, with a priority on keeping families together by providing a roadmap to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants; growing our economy and expanding economic opportunity across the country by improving and increasing opportunities for legal immigration; and preserve the longstanding directive of our immigration system to reunite families and enhance our diversity.

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End Sanctuary Cities to Restore our Neighborhoods and Protect our Families

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Mandatory Deportation for Non-Citizen Gang Members

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President Trump declared a national emergency allowing him to access specialized powers to enforce security on the border.

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Block Illegal Immigrants from Becoming Eligible for Taxpayer-Funded Welfare, Healthcare, and Free College Tuition. Require New Immigrants to Be Able to Support Themselves Financially

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Under President Trump’s leadership, the Department of Homeland Security took action to wind down the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an orderly fashion, following the assessment of the Department of Justice (DOJ) that DACA lacks legal authorization. This action gives Congress the opportunity to consider appropriate legislative solutions, as required by our Constitution.

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The Trump Administration has secured funding for approximately 445 miles of the total 722 miles of border wall requested. President Trump ordered the hiring of 10,000 new ICE agents and 5,000 additional border patrol agents. President Trump signed a memorandum deploying National Guard troops to the Southwest border.

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Refugee Admissions Hit Lowest Number in 15 Years.

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Upon entering office, President Trump called on Congress to fully fund a wall along the Southern border, to close legal loopholes that enable illegal immigration, to end chain migration, and to eliminate the visa lottery program. The President released his immigration reform proposal which calls for the transition to a merit-based immigration plan.

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[Hawkins] would push for immigration reform laws that create a policy of Open Borders where people are free to move back and forth across US borders for work, shopping, recreation, and residence, similar to the open borders policy within the European Union.

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The migrants seeking asylum and immigration now at the southern border should be let into the United States immediately. [Hawkins] would redirect resources from the US Department of Education to provide transitional native language instruction for the children of asylum seekers, to ensure education continues without further interruption.

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People crossing international borders would be required to present their identification at a border crossing. Only people wanted for criminal charges or terrorist organization affiliation would be detained. People who cross without checking in at a border crossing would also be detained and checked at an official border crossing. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (BPE) should be abolished and replaced with a new immigration agency with personnel committed to the open borders policy.

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The federal government should end its defense in court of Trump’s executive order attempting to end the DACA program. The federal government should start properly administering the program.

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Release the detainees. Let the immigrants camped out on the Mexican side of the border enter. Reunite families.

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[Hawkins] would immediately open the borders to the migrants seeking entry on the Mexican side of the border. [Hawkins] would create an emergency relief program for the migrants to reunite their families and assist them with income, housing, health care, and other social services to help them get settled in the United States. The program would include measures to properly vet and monitor host families for unaccompanied minors.

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The status of undocumented immigrants would be legalized and immigrants provided a timely path to citizenship. The “border security” policies of the Democrats and Republicans are about using the border to divide and conquer workers on both sides of the border, not protecting us from terrorists and illicit drug runners.

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Defend sanctuary cities.

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We must push the Department of Justice to intervene when state attorneys general and district attorneys fail to abide by VAWA’s provision for an avenue to legal status for undocumented women who are victims of violence and abuse. Basic social and economic benefits should not be tied to marriage. Legal protections must be provided to undocumented LGBTQIA people, just as they are provided to other immigrants recognized under the law. Medicare for All means all, regardless of immigration status.

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No city should receive federal funding for any reason.

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We should provide a pathway to citizenship for the millions of undocumented persons already in the United States.

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The United States should symbolize a helping hand to those in need and build bridges instead of walls.

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Should the U.S. accept refugees from Syria? Yes

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I will work with Congress to repeal arbitrary quotas on the number of people who can legally enter the United States to work, visit, or reside and to comprehensively reform the immigration process, shorten waiting times, and expand visas.

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