Bernie Sanders’ Immigration Plan Vows 'Break Up' ICE and Stop Deportations
Sanders would put a moratorium on deportations until an audit was carried out
Presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders vowed to overhaul U.S. immigration law by putting a stop to deportations and “break up” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Sanders would put a moratorium on deportations until a “thorough audit” of practices and policies is completed.
The socialist also vowed to “break up” ICE and Customs and Border Control (CBP), asserting that President Donald Trump has turned the agencies into “a renegade detention and deportation force.”
Under the new plan, the Justice Department would assume responsibility for deportation and enforcement issues.
The Treasury Department would then take over customs authority, and the State Department would manage naturalization and citizenship proceedings.
Currently, ICE and CBP are housed within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
For the left, cutting money for immigration enforcement efforts has been a priority.
Sanders would also expand labor rights for immigrants, providing an opportunity for “deferred action” to illegal immigrants reporting labor violations.
According to a report from The Washington Times: The senator would decriminalize illegal border crossings to put them on par with other violations of immigration law, like overstaying a visa — an issue that has divided the 2020 Democratic presidential field.
Mr. Sanders would also halt all construction of Mr. Trump’s desired U.S.-Mexico border wall, direct the Justice Department to drop any litigation or funding restrictions tied to “sanctuary cities,” and roll back new limits on asylum from the Trump administration.
Democratic Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib joined presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders during his visit to Detroit on Sunday, where he spoke to reporters in front of empty store shelves.— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) October 29, 2019
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He would also ensure children separated from their families by the government are “reunited swiftly.”
He would extend legal status to 1.8 million people eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program and provide “administrative relief” to their parents as well.
Sanders would also push Congress to pass legislation to provide a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. and use “executive authority” to allow illegal immigrants who have been in the country for at least five years to remain in the U.S. “free from threat of deportation.”
Last month, Sanders vowed to “create a new America” as he wooed liberal crowds at his "Bernie’s Back Rally” in New York.
The rally, which was held at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City, New York, saw appearances from liberal filmmaker Michael Moore and “Squad” member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), both who endorsed the presidential candidate.
Moore posted on Twitter:
“I am joining Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tomorrow to officially & publicly endorse a true hero of the people, Senator Bernie Sanders, as our next President of the United States!"