Bernie Sanders’s Immigration Plan is an Open Borders Dream

Sunday, November 10, 2019
By Paul Martin

By Jose Nino
BigLeaguePolitics.com
Nov 10, 2019

On November 7, 2019, Senator Bernie Sanders unveiled his immigration plan which promises to push mass migration to the extreme.

This includes abolishing ICE, placing a moratorium on deportations, and pushing pathways to citizenship through executive action.

If elected, the Vermont Senator promised to use executive power to accomplish several things immediately. This consists of legalizing 1.8 million immigrants eligible for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, rescinding family detention and childhood separation policies at the border, allowing those seeking asylum to remain in the U.S. while their claims are being processed, and stopping the construction of the border wall.

Additionally, Sanders’ plan calls for expanding President Barack Obama’s clemency program that protects estimates of millions of immigrants who have lived illegally in America for more than five years from deportation threats. The Vermont Senator would halt all deportations until the federal government reviews them.

According to the plan he released on his website, “Bernie will use every executive tool available to remove barriers to legal permanent residence and naturalization for as many as possible, even if he has to sign every form by hand.”

Sanders also promised to urge Congress to pass immigration reform that provides a pathway to citizenship or legal status to illegal aliens within five years.

Back during his 2015 campaign for the presidency, Sanders proposed taking executive action in order to jumpstart immigration reform. At the time, Sanders floated the idea of unilaterally expanding the DACA program and a similar program for the parents of young immigrants.

Furthermore, the campaign said that the Vermont Senator would abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection agencies and rearrange their roles and spread them around to different government agencies. Instead, the focus will be on border enforcement on drugs and firearms, instead of people.

Sanders would stop law enforcement from searching and seizing property within 100 miles of a U.S. border without a warrant. Other laws that Sanders intends to end are those that are a part of the 1996 immigration reforms— such as one-year bans for people in the country who are illegally, mandatorily detained, and permanently deported.

Sanders also promises to help workers in his immigration plan. He would create a whistleblower visa for immigrant workers who expose workplace exploitation, end workplace raids, and increase labor protections for low-wage migrant workers.

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