Mike Bloomberg, the former New York City mayor and late entry to the Democratic presidential race, emphasizes the need for humane immigration enforcement and more foreign workers in his immigration plan released on Monday, which largely mirrors those of other moderate candidates.
The Democratic field, including Bloomberg, is in agreement on a few immigration principles: The next president should undo President Trump’s policies, set enforcement priorities rather than indiscriminately prosecute every unauthorized border crossing, and make the immigration system work better for foreigners seeking to come to the US legally.
They would all push Congress to create a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the US.
They would restore programs that have historically offered legal protection to hundreds of thousands of immigrants that Trump has tried to terminate, including Temporary Protected Status, which the US has conferred on citizens of countries that have suffered from catastrophic events such as natural disasters or armed conflict, and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, which has allowed over 700,000 unauthorized immigrants who arrived as children to live and work in the US legally.
They would also reverse Trump’s most controversial policies, including his efforts to build a wall on the southern border and separate immigrant families, as well as his recently expanded travel ban and the Migrant Protection Protocols, otherwise known as the “Remain in Mexico” policy, under which over 60,000 migrants have been sent back to Mexico to wait for decisions on their asylum applications in the US.
But there are a few sticking points in which the moderate candidates — former Vice President Joe Biden, former South Bend, Indiana, Mayor Pete Buttigieg and now Bloomberg — distinguish themselves from the rest of the pack. They stop short of some of the most progressive reforms, including decriminalizing the act of crossing the border without authorization, and rebuilding US Immigration and Customs Enforcement from the ground up.
By Nicole Narea for V O X
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