His plan would essentially reverse most of Donald Trump’s actions of the last 3 years….
Presidential hopeful Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) pledged to undo all of President Trump‘s executive actions on immigration on day one of his presidency, as part of his detailed immigration policy plan released Thursday.
Sanders, currently polling among the top three candidates vying for the Democratic nomination, vowed to move quickly on changes that don’t require congressional action, starting with a moratorium on all deportations until an audit of U.S. immigration enforcement policies is conducted.
Sanders also pledged to reverse key controversial Trump administration immigration programs like the Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) — also known as “Remain in Mexico” — which forces asylum seekers to wait in Mexico as they await a review of their claims.
The 2020 presidential candidate also vowed to end Trump actions like zero tolerance immigration policy, limiting the number of asylum seekers at the U.S.-Mexico border in a process known as “metering,” and the so-called “public charge” rule, which restricts immigration from those deemed to have to rely on federal benefits.
A handful of Trump’s immigration proposals have come under legal challenge.
“The Trump administration’s treatment of immigration exclusively as a criminal and national security matter is inhumane, impractical, and must end,” reads the proposal.
“As president, Bernie Sanders would make undocumented immigration a civil matter, and fundamentally reform the government agencies tasked with enforcing immigration law in a way that views immigration as a historically valued process that’s woven into our country’s fabric,” it also notes.
Sanders’s proposal would represent a sharp progressive turn, even compared to immigration policies before the Trump era, by also repealing some of the 1996 Clinton-era immigration laws that solidified the current enforcement-centric U.S. immigration system….