Under the slogan “A welcoming and safe America for all,” Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders today presented his immigration plan to transform that system in the country and reverse all initiatives on that front of President Donald Trump….
Among his ideas, Sanders would create a “fast and fair” path to U.S. citizenship, decriminalize immigration, demilitarize the border with Mexico, and protect and strengthen the labor rights of immigrants in the country.
“My father came to the United States as a refugee without a nickel in his pocket, to escape widespread anti-Semitism and find a better life. As the proud son of an immigrant, I know my father’s story is the story of many Americans today,” Sanders said in a statement.
The main keys to his immigration plan, to which Efe had access prior to its publication, are as follows:
REVOKE ALL TRUMP INITIATIVES
Sanders would use the executive authority of the president’s office to reverse Trump’s “harmful” actions on immigration, including ensuring that asylum seekers can file their petitions in the United States, ending family detention and separation, reuniting families, eliminating the veto on travelers from Muslim countries, and stopping construction of the border fence.
“As president, Sanders will use his executive authority on the first day of his administration to revoke all of President Trump’s actions to demonize and harm immigrants,” sources from his presidential campaign told Efe, preferring to remain anonymous.
ACCESS TO CITIZENSHIP FOR “DREAMERS
From the White House, Sanders would restore and expand the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) plan, enacted by former President Barack Obama (2009-2017) to provide shelter to thousands of undocumented young people who came to the country as children, known as “dreamers”.
“DACA would be expanded to include all those who were brought to the United States before their 18th birthday, eliminating arbitrary cut-off and application dates,” those sources detailed.
END IMMIGRATION RAIDS
One of the first points of Sanders’ immigration program points to a moratorium on ongoing deportations and an end to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids.
It also aims to restructure the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and begin addressing immigration “outside the context of national security”.
SOLVING THE SITUATION OF TPS BENEFICIARIES
The ultimate goal of the now Virginia senator with Temporary Protected Status (TPS) beneficiaries is to propose a legal path to U.S. citizenship.
TPS designations would be expanded, broad administrative relief would be granted, and Bernie Sanders would push for a path to citizenship that includes TPS holders.
About 325,000 immigrants from thirteen different countries are covered by TPS in the U.S., with 195,000 Salvadorans, some 60,000 Hondurans and 46,000 Haitians, among others.
PROTECTING VENEZUELAN REFUGEES
As part of its strategy, it would facilitate access under TPS to those Venezuelans who had to flee their country because of the current humanitarian crisis.
In fact, Sanders and about 20 Democratic senators sent a letter to Trump in June asking him to grant TPS to Venezuelans to “alleviate their suffering and demonstrate the U.S. commitment to support a safe democratic transition in Venezuela so that people can return home soon.