OpinionDemocrats Battle Over the Past and Present of Immigration

05:40  01 august  2019
05:40  01 august  2019 Source:   theatlantic.com

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Democrats know they’re against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which have included crackdowns on illegal crossings at the southern border, and his rhetoric, which has demonized people from other countries. But the top 2020 Democratic candidates at tonight’s debate could not agree on

Democrats trying to unseat former Vice President Joe Biden from the top of early 2020 polls tore into his past votes and political history during the second night Democrats Battle Over the Past and Present of Immigration . Democrats know they're against President Donald Trump's immigration

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Democrats Battle Over the Past and Present of Immigration© Jim Watson / AFP /Getty Julian Castro (left) had strong words for Joe Biden (far right) about immigration policy.

Democrats know they’re against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which have included crackdowns on illegal crossings at the southern border, and his rhetoric, which has demonized people from other countries. But the top 2020 Democratic candidates at tonight’s debate could not agree on how to approach the most fundamental question about American immigration: Whether the government should be able to enforce its borders at all.

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Fact check: CNN's Democratic debate, night 2 The Facts First team spent the night fact-checking candidates' claims from the stage in Detroit. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); Wednesday's debate featured heated exchanges between former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Kamala Harris of California over health care and criminal justice reform. Several candidates, including businessman Andrew Yang and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, debated the effects of US immigration policies.

Senate Democrats pushed back Tuesday against Republican demands to change a part of the 14th Amendment that grants U.S. citizenship by birthright to Republicans maintained Tuesday that modern times present a much more difficult situation, with immigration stressing the country’s resources and

The splintering over immigration , in a campaign dominated so far by the personas “If I am the nominee, they will be the party of the past , and we will be the party of the 21st century,” said Mr. Rubio, 44. After the early exchanges on immigration , Mr. Trump seemed to struggle in a debate focused

Former Vice President Joe Biden, the current Democratic frontrunner, was the clear target for a series of attacks from the more progressive candidates on stage tonight. Throughout his campaign, Biden has played up his association with President Barack Obama, seeing it as his best advantage. But in this case, Biden’s opponents cited Obama’s immigration policies, which included a significant hike in deportations, as a black mark. “You invoke President Obama more than anybody in this campaign,” Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey said, addressing Biden. “You can’t do it when it’s convenient and dodge it when it’s not.”

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The high stakes battle over immigration policy has politicians and thinkers on all sides of the spectrum preparing for battles that could last years -- leaving millions of people in the US unsure of whether they'll be able to stay in the country.

Democrats believe immigration is not just a problem to be solved, it is a defining aspect of the American character and our shared history. Democratic Party Platform. Democrats are fighting for every immigrant who feels threatened by Donald Trump’s election. We will not stand by and watch

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Most of tonight’s candidates endorsed a change in the way illegal crossings are treated under the law, arguing that they should be civil violations, rather than criminal ones. “The criminal courts [are] giving Donald Trump the ability to violate the human rights of people coming to our country,” said Booker. Processing illegal crossings in civil courts would eliminate the need for the “awful detention facilities that I’ve been to, seeing children sleeping on pavement, people being put in cages, nursing mothers, small children,” he added. Several of his colleagues in the Senate, including Kirsten Gillibrand of New York and Kamala Harris of California, agreed with this approach—and pointedly called out Biden for his role in an administration that took a far tougher stance towards enforcement.

Biden became defensive. “The fact of the matter is, when people cross the border illegally, it is illegal to do it unless they’re seeking asylum,” Biden said. “People should have to get in line.” Later, when other candidates pushed him to say whether he had encouraged Obama not to pursue deportations, he effectively pleaded the fifth, saying that his counsel to the former president was private.

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This two-part op-ed offers 10 questions on immigration in total that will help make for an informative debate. The questions are designed to get the It is well understood that the candidates largely support legalizing illegal immigrants , so spending too much time on that question is unwarranted

The battle over immigration . Filed Under: Essays Tagged With: immigration . Though some conservatives oppose it, others (as well as many Democrats ) approve this measure (Muskal) had an advantage over most other immigrant , because they were fluent in their home language, and the

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These questions about immigration pose a difficult challenge for Democrats as they approach an election cycle in which Trump will likely double down on his opposition to illegal immigration.

During the debate tonight, Trump tweeted about the issue.

This claim is not true: Family separations were rare under Obama, while the Trump administration actively pursued a separations policy. And separations have continued, despite the Trump administration’s claims that they had suspended the program.

Trump, and his Republican allies, have painted Democrats as effectively supporting open borders, with no limits on how many immigrants should be admitted to the country, and no enforcement against those who have entered illegally. These kinds of policies may be popular among progressive activists, but Democratic voters tend to hold more moderate views. Biden’s position—that immigration is generally good, but it should happen legally—has been common among Democrats even in recent years. His progressive opponents, however, are pushing a far more expansive view of how immigrants should be welcomed to America.

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WASHINGTON — Up in arms about being forced to provide emergency housing for a flood of immigrants entering the country illegally, voters turned to the ballot box to punish elected officials they faulted for failing to resolve the crisis.

But they clashed on their past Senate votes on immigration and how to handle the surge of Unaccompanied Alien Children who continue to stream Those "hardworking families" who had been apprehended had all come to the country since 2014 and likely skipped their immigration court dates.

This issue will require a tricky balance for whatever Democrat tops the ticket in 2020. The party, including long-time leaders like Biden, is united in its condemnation of Trump’s rhetoric against immigrants and asylum-seekers. While that moral stand is clear, the way it should translate into policy is much more complicated.

And the intra-party debate is already ugly. Progressive candidates for president are arguing that any kind of criminal enforcement against illegal immigration is effectively siding with Trump. As former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julián Castro said to Biden, “It looks like one of us has learned from the lessons of the past, and one of us hasn’t.”

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