Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday formally embraced citizenship rights for 11 million illegal immigrants and a full erasure of all of President Trump’s effective border policies as well as several other employer-first immigration policies which would exacerbate stagnated wages and income inequality, as part of the Democrat party’s new "unity platform".
The former Vice President stated that he would expand sanctuary locations, limit ICE’s ability to deport criminals in local jails, and reverse deportations for some military veterans already ousted because of criminal records. The "unity platform", developed by operatives of Mr. Biden and one-time chief rival Sen. Bernard Sanders, would wipe clean every major immigration policy of the last three and a half years, replacing them with more legal immigration and eliminating the controls that have reduced illegal immigration.
The platform calls for an immediate 100-day halt to all deportations, and would unleash a bureaucratic army of overseers to police the way the Border Patrol and ICE’s deportation officers enforce immigration policy. A special eye would be paid toward the so called “racial underpinnings” of Trump policies.
The plan argues that “systemic racism” has contaminated “our immigration system, including the policies at our borders and ports of entry, detention centers and within immigration law enforcement agencies, policies and operations.” The platform would erase Mr. Trump’s travel ban for recalcitrant countries that don’t cooperate with U.S. authorities, and would invite those denied entry over the last three and half years to reapply.
The platform would also set a new cap for refugees at 125,000 a year, which would be the highest since the mid-1990s. By contrast, President Trump has set a cap of just 18,000 this year. The biggest-ticket item is a “roadmap to citizenship” for nearly 11 million illegal aliens. And all those who’ve been working illegally in essential services during the coronavirus pandemic would also get fast-tracked.
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Updated: Thu, Jul 23rd 2020 @ 1:00pm EDT