Democratic Hopefuls Reveal Immigration Reforms prior to Presidential Primaries

Immigration reforms

As the presidential elections are nearing, the leaders and contenders of both the Democratic and Republican parties are having a hard time, facing tough competitions. By announcing several reforms to benefit the citizens, the parties are giving equal challenge to each other, but will they really succeed in fulfilling their reforms post winning?

The calls for change begin when the leaders fail to fulfill their promises made during the elections. It is the sad reality of every nation. The US elections, scheduled for November, is seeing a huge competition amongst some of the Democratic contenders, each one of whom have been focusing on bringing new immigration reforms.

Immigration in the country has become one of the major issues that needs huge improvements. Though the existing government has issued innumerable immigration reforms that have acted both as an advantage and disadvantage for the immigrants, there is no end to the greater impact it has on the US economy.

Criticizing the government for its failed policies, Democratic hopeful Joe Biden, recently, released his “Plan for Securing our Values as a Nation of Immigrants”, with the bigger aim of improving America’s immigration system, while reasserting the country’s commitment to asylum-seekers and refugees.

Biden further plans to tackle the root cause of irregular migration to retain American values and wishes to implement effective border screening. But, isn’t increased number of immigrants in the country, a root cause behind irregular and illegal immigration?

The critics of Biden have warned against the deleterious consequences of his proposed immigration reforms. They even added that such policies would weaken the immigration system, resulting in a chaos in the country.

Meanwhile, the supporters of Biden have faith in his policies. They believe that Biden’s immigration reforms would secure the US border, while ensuring the dignity of migrants and upholding their legal rights to seek asylum.

Since, many immigration policies brought by the Trump administration targeted communities, violating due process, and separated children from their families, the Democrats are focused upon enforcing such policies.

A similar immigration reform was brought up by another Democratic hopeful Pete Buttigieg, who has pledged his path to citizenship for the country’s 11 million undocumented immigrants. In his plan, Buttigieg wrote, “Our policies should acknowledge that immigrants are not outsiders.”

Buttigieg, who surged in the early caucus and primary states of Iowa and New Hampshire’s, was equally criticized for his immigration reform. As his support till date has been the weakest amongst voters of color, there is a big question of whether he would really succeed in attracting the voters with his fast track citizenship reform.

Unlike Biden, Buttigieg’s immigration reforms equally focusses on the potential benefits it could bring to the economy. The latter also called for the importance of “family unity”, if the immigrants were to co-exist with the citizens, while directing towards a halt in border wall construction. The plan also emphasized on improving the country’s foreign affairs.

Similar to Biden, who plans to undo most of the immigration policies in first 100 days, Buttigieg has promised that in his first 100 days, he will push for legislation that provides a mechanism to gain legal status and ultimately citizenship, including for people with temporary protections — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and withholding of removal.

Democratic hopefuls Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren also released their immigration reforms in early 2019.


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