Biden Releases Plan To Freeze Deportations, Reinstate DACA, And Provide Pathway To Citizenship
The Democratic nominee will also end for-profit detention centers and family separations at the border, a Trump policy enacted to deter migrants and asylum seekers.
Joe Biden has released an immigration-focused policy plan that proposes ways to immediately undo Trump's harmful, anti-immigrant policies.
Biden's plan pledges to end family separation, for-profit detention centers, Trump's Muslim ban, and the "national emergency" Trump declared to justify using federal money to pay for his wall - all within the Democratic nominee's first 100 days in office.
According to the plan, deportations will be frozen for the first 100 days, while Biden reviews the Temporary Protected Status of immigrants from violent countries and works to reform the asylum system.
"Dreamers are Americans. Period."
His plan also promises to protect not only DREAMERs, but their parents too, by fully reinstating DACA and looking into reviving DAPA, the Obama-proposed Deferred Action for Parents of Americans and Lawful Permanent Residents program. Reviving DAPA would require creating a pathway to citizenship for the roughly 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
The Trump administration has been working hard to dismantle DACA and was only temporarily stymied by the recent Supreme Court decision. With Ruth Bader Ginsburg out of the picture and a new Trump-appointed judge taking her place, Trump's re-election would likely mean a death sentence for DACA and no possibility for the revival of DAPA or any other type of pathway to citizenship.
Biden also unveiled a second immigration plan that will focus on addressing the root causes of migration in Central America.
Biden has been criticized by activists for standing by Obama-era policies which resulted in the deportation of 3 million undocumented immigrants.
In a recent Univision interview with Jorge Ramos, Biden expressed his regret. “I think it was a big mistake. Took too long to get it right.”
Biden acknowledged that “legal as well as undocumented immigrants” are key contributors to the U.S. economy and society.
“This is a big country," he said. "We stand up and act like [immigration is] a burden. It is not a burden. It’s a gift.”
For all those who cannot, for the DREAMERs, their parents, asylum seekers, and all undocumented immigrants working hard to build a better life - make your voice heard.