Biden’s new immigration plan, released Wednesday promises amnesty for all DACA participants, an end to the Trump travel ban and a path to citizenship for nearly every illegal.
To justify this, the Biden plan heaps praise on illegal immigrants, writing:
“These are our mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. They are our neighbors, co-workers, and members of our congregations and Little League teams. They contribute in countless ways to our communities, workforce, and economy. In 2015, the IRS collected $23.6 billion from 4.4 million workers without Social Security numbers–many of whom were undocumented. Biden will aggressively advocate for legislation that creates a clear roadmap to legal status and citizenship for unauthorized immigrants who register, are up-to-date on their taxes, and have passed a background check.”
In May, Biden appeared to indicate the U.S. was “obligated” to provide free healthcare to illegals.
During the June DNC debate, Biden argued migrants shouldn’t be detained just for crossing border.
Per TheHill, the former vice president’s campaign says in the plan that several actions Trump has taken, including constructing a border wall and separating families, are “grounded in fear and racism.”
“Trump has waged an unrelenting assault on our values and our history as a nation of immigrants,” the campaign added.
“Addressing the Trump-created humanitarian crisis at our border, bringing our nation together, reasserting our core values, and reforming our immigration system will require real leadership and real solutions. Biden is prepared on day one to deliver both.”
Among the policies the former vice president would reverse are the now-scrapped “zero tolerance policy,” which produced a spike in family separations at the border, a slew of proposals to limit those who can apply for asylum, a rule that would make immigrants’ ability to obtain a visa contingent on reliance on government services like food stamps, and the travel ban from seven Muslim-majority countries.
“The next president will need to take urgent action to end the Trump Administration’s draconian policies, grounded in fear and racism rather than fact, work to heal the wounds inflicted on immigrant communities, and restore America’s moral leadership. As president, Biden will move immediately to ensure that the U.S. meets its responsibilities as both a nation of laws and a nation of immigrants,” his campaign says.
Biden also proposes several new reforms for the U.S. immigration system. The former vice president says he would create a path to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants who register, are up-to-date on their taxes, and have passed a background check.
He’d also expand the number of visas available to high-skilled workers, reform the visa system for workers in industries that rely on seasonal labor, increase visas for survivors of domestic violence and support a program to allow local governments to petition for additional immigrant visas to support their economic growth.
Immigration has emerged as one of several chief issues in the 2020 Democratic primary, with several candidates saying Trump’s policies and rhetoric have unfairly demonized immigrants and forced those living in the country without documents to live in fear.
Biden’s plan also calls for investing resources to establish the Task Force for New Americans to “support community efforts to welcome immigrants” and raise the annual global refugee admissions cap to 125,000, with the potential for it to rise higher.