Sanders’ immigration policy

The Sanders campaign issued a statement on immigration. Below are the “key points” as summarized by the statement.

The statement follows the typical style of immigration statements by national politicians, which is to focus on (for inclusivists) very narrow, headline-oriented changes to accelerate existing flows of immigrants or (for restrictivists) to enforce headline-oriented proposals in current law enforcement.

Both types of statements fail to address (1) employer enforcement of laws, (2) overall goals for immigration, (3) how to resolve major issues such as farm labor and high-tech workers, and (4) oversight in Washington. There is still not a single agency in Washington tasked to monitor and access the economic and social trends in immigration.

“Key Points” : Institute a moratorium on deportations until a thorough audit of past practices and policies is complete. Reinstate and expand DACA and develop a humane policy for those seeking asylum. Completely reshape and reform our immigration enforcement system, including breaking up ICE and CBP and redistributing their functions to their proper authorities. Dismantle cruel and inhumane deportation programs and detention centers and reunite families who have been separated. Live up to our ideals as a nation and welcome refugees and those seeking asylum, including those displaced by climate change.

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