Joe Biden Pledges to Grant Citizenship to 11 Million Illegal Aliens
Former vice president also vows to limit ICE’s ability to deport criminals
Former Vice President Joe Biden has vowed to grant citizenship rights for 11 million illegal aliens and abolish President Donald Trump’s robust border policies if elected.
Biden also pledged to limit ICE’s ability to deport criminals in local jails, expand sanctuary locations while reversing deportations for some military veterans ousted because of criminal records.
The Democratic presidential nominee's plans highlight his complete contrast in policies to that of Trump's.
The unity platform, which has been developed by Sen. Bernie Sanders, would remove the primary immigration policy of the last three and a half years.
It will also replace the policies with more legal immigration and eliminating the controls that curb it.
The platform calls for immediate 100-day halt to all deportations while policing the way the Border Patrol and ICE’s deportation officers enforce the policies.
The plan argues that “systemic racism” has infected “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 eradicate Trump’s travel ban for countries failing to cooperate with U.S. authorities while inviting that denied entry over the last years to reapply.
It would also increase the cap of 18,000 refugees a year to 125,000 a year, the highest since the mid-1990s.
The proposal would strengthen protections afforded to illegal aliens brought into the country as children, known as the "Dream Act," or DACA.
Sanders said in a statement with Biden:
"A good policy blueprint that will move this country in a much-needed progressive direction and substantially improve the lives of working families throughout our country.”
“While Joe Biden and I, and our supporters, have strong disagreements about some of the most important issues facing our country, we also understand that we must come together in order to defeat Donald Trump, the most dangerous president in modern American history,” Mr. Sanders said.
Already, due to loopholes, American taxpayers are spending nearly $20 billion every year to provide illegal aliens with subsidized health care, emergency room visits, and other health services.
Earlier this week, House Democrats proposed cutting funds for ICE and Border Patrol, which includes the detention space for people awaiting deportation being reduced to just 10,000 beds.
Democrats are now pushing for the Homeland Security’s deportation force to be cut by 25%.
They also want to see detention space for families eliminated altogether.
The proposed move would force U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to release them into the community.