The permanent infringement of immigrants’ rights and the inhumane conditions that those living in the United States have been subjected to since Trump was elected president, have pushed the limits of patience for US-Americans. A humanitarian conscience and a political class inclined to defending immigrants is beginning to rise up.
Less than one year away from the US presidential elections, the subject of immigration commands an important space in the agendas of Democratic candidates, whose proposals differ from current government policies.
President Donald Trump’s multiple measures on this issue have been incessantly rejected both inside and outside the United States.
Despite different criteria against him, the Republican governor has declared a goal of decreasing the number of both legal and illegal immigrants. Recently, Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, the Mayor of South Bend, Pete Buttigieg, former Housing Secretary, Julian Castro, and multimillionaire Tom Steyer, all with their sights on the White House, all agree that this country needs to end the divisions fostered by Trump’s Government.
In a forum organised to discuss Latino issues at California State University, Sanders expressed that he was worried about racism and “the demonization” of undocumented immigrants in the United States.
He stated that if he becomes president, he will reverse all the executive orders against immigrants, and he will fight for the approval of an integral migratory reform.
Sanders disclosed his plan for this reform on 7th November, and he then indicated that he is trying to use his power to protect the communities of those people and undo every one of Trump’s “horrific” actions.
“We will stop the hatred towards our immigrant brothers and sisters, end family separation, and locking children up in cages,” the independent senator from Vermont said in a statement.
Cited in the media, in this text he stated that he would end the mass raids carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) which terrorise families.
Currently in third place for Democratic voters behind former Vice President, Joe Biden, and Senator Elizabeth Warren, Sanders said that he would put a moratorium on deportations.
He would order the closure of migrant detention centres, stop the building of the controversial wall on the southern border, eliminate the restriction of funds for so-called sanctuary cities, and lift the prohibition on citizens of several Muslim countries entering US-American soil.
He would also end the initiative which obliges people who seek asylum in the United States to remain in Mexico while their applications are assessed, and the agreements of “safe third countries” with Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras.
Sanders’ aspirations include Congress adopting a permanent solution for those granted Temporary Protection Status and legalising young people from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme, known as “Dreamer”.
The Senator also proposes decriminalising illegal crossings over the southern border and successfully reuniting children who have been separated from their parents.
Another proposal in his plan is access for immigrants to the Medicare health service programme, university education, English language learning and school lunches.
Furthermore, Sanders wants to redistribute the National Security Agency’s functions of ICE and border control to other departments, with the aim of refocusing their mission and reducing operating costs.
“We will establish a human policy at the border, which does not include federal agents taking babies from their parents’ arms,” said Sanders in the California State University forum.
Similarly, in the same space, Steyer said that he considered Trump’s administration to be “torturing” young migrants who arrived at the border area.
“We have to make sure that this trauma that these young people are experiencing ends as soon as possible,” the multimillionaire stated.
According to Harris, one of the main obstacles for solving the problems with the border and the mass arrival of asylum seekers, is tackling the false belief that people defending migration are not interested in border security.
Harris, similarly to Castro, recommended a radical transformation of ICE, the branch of the National Security Agency.
“I believe that ICE is broken, I would reform it and reattempt the approach of how we apply our immigration laws in a more intelligent, more human and more effective way”, Castro said.
Buttigieg said that change should begin by not tolerating racism and prejudice against Latinos. (PL)
(Translated by Donna Davison – Email: firstname.lastname@example.org) – Photos: Pixabay