Former New York City mayor and Democratic primary candidate Mike Bloomberg announced his intention to reform the “old” and “ineffective” U.S. immigration system, which should end the separation of families at the border, increase the number of refugees and protect “dreamers”.
“The immigration system is obsolete, inhumane and does not position the US for growth. That is the idea of Bloomberg, who on Monday deployed his immigration management plans in a new gesture towards the Latino community by distancing himself from Donald Trump, since he even intends to order an investigation into the “abuses” of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
For this reason, the Democratic candidate has launched his plan to modernize an immigration system that he considers “broken” and thus make immigration work for the economy, “restoring American values” by putting an end to the “inhumane practices” advocated by Trump, which, in his opinion, are “ineffective, wasteful and cruel, such as separating families and caging children, and instead rescuing protections for dreamers”.
The “dreamers” are 2.8 million migrants who arrived in the United States without papers as children and are among the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country.
Bloomberg’s plan seeks to modernize border crossings and implement measures to protect national security while welcoming the immigrants the economy needs.
It should not be forgotten that Bloomberg aims to have 11 million undocumented people “show up, register, pay fees and taxes due and pass background checks” in order to proceed with the regularization of their immigration status.
“President Trump’s demonization of immigrants and his stoking of fear and hatred is an ugly chapter in American history that we must close,” said Mike Bloomberg, who believes that “immigration doesn’t threaten America, it makes it stronger”.
“I have led our nation’s immigration capital, New York, for 12 years and I know how much immigrants strengthen our economy and communities. America no longer needs Trump’s spreading fear: What we need is a modern immigration system that honors our history and prepares us for the future, and as president, I will achieve that,” he pledged.
In his view, federal spending on immigration enforcement, including detention and deportation, now exceeds spending on all other federal criminal enforcement agencies combined, according to a 2019 report by the Migration Policy Institute (MPI).
In addition, “Trump has diverted billions in military funds to pay for an ineffective border wall, while the resulting waiting times are ineffective at U.S. entry points,” which in Mexico’s case “could cost us $69 billion in GDP”.
Bloomberg welcomes an investigation by the USA TODAY Network, which says that since President Trump took office, there have been more than 400 allegations of sexual abuse or molestation and at least 29 deaths in ICE-supervised detention facilities.
“Trump’s cruel and incompetent policies have torn families apart, created chaos at the border and crippled an already inefficient system,” the Democratic candidate criticized.
In his border control and immigration plan, Bloomberg wants to end family separation at the borders, establish a strong safeguard for children and promote alternatives to detention for people who do not pose a threat to public safety.
It will also protect dreamers and beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS), including hundreds of thousands of Salvadorans, Hondurans and Nicaraguans.
If he is president, Bloomberg will order the Justice Department to investigate “abuse at ICE and CBP” (Bureau of Customs and Border Protection), and reform agencies to ensure oversight and accountability.
It will also set an annual refugee resettlement goal of 125,000 people. Trump has lowered the refugee limit to 18,000, the lowest since the program was created in 1980.
In his bid for orderly immigration, Bloomberg wants to create visas that would allow localities to address unmet economic and social needs.
He also has on the horizon expanded opportunities for foreign-born doctors and nurses to help address health worker shortages in rural and underserved communities across the country.
Bloomberg’s team estimates that there will be a shortage of more than 120,000 doctors by 2032 in the U.S. and the need for nurses is expected to grow even faster.