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Activists call for Biden to Bring Immigrants and Immigration into Presidential Debate, Even if NBC and Trump Won't
After the chaotic first debate between President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden, much of the focus was on Trump repeatedly interrupting his opponent. But another conversation came into public view on Twitter as well: Where were the immigration questions? © JIM WATSON and SAUL LOEB / AFP/Getty This combination of pictures created on September 29, 2020 shows Democratic Presidential candidate and former US Vice President Joe Biden (L) and US President Donald Trump speaking during the first presidential debate at the Case Western Reserve University and Cleveland Clinic in Cleveland, Ohio on September 29, 2020.
According to the PEW Research Center,think that immigration is very important, but the presidential debates only included a few immigration questions.
And they didn't address the issues that concern me, such as -
There are too many asylum cases
The immigration court renderedon 91,391 asylum applications in fiscal 2019, which was 33 percent of the decisions it issued that year - the case completion total in its history.
Ifis elected, there will be more asylum cases. He has promised to that restrict access to asylum in the United States.
Voters deserve to hear from the candidates on immigration
If the Oct. 22 debate proceeds, the moderator should ask about immigration issues such as backlogged cases and asylum seekers.According to the Pew Research Center, more than half of all registered voters listed immigration as "very important" to their vote in the 2020 presidential election. Among topics for the upcoming debate, asylum policy, border enforcement, immigration detention and travel bans seem ripe for discussion before voters cast their ballots.
In a perfect world, asylum hearings would be available to everyone who wants one, but it isn't a perfect world, and the immigration court is experiencing a crippling backlog crisis.
As of the end of September 2020, the immigration court had a backlog ofcases. The average wait for a hearing was .
Efforts to reduce the backlog by hiring more judges have, and restricting access to the immigration court would not work either. Even if there were no new cases, it would take more than to clear the backlog.
If this crisis continues unabated, really Draconian measures are going to be necessary.
It has been more than 30 years since the last legalization program
Biden hasto work with Congress to pass a bill with a legalization program.
ICE moves to quickly deport more immigrants without court hearings
The Trump administration has instructed deportation agents to expand a policy that had long been limited to border areas. © Ted S. Warren / AP ICE Detention Center U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is implementing new rules unveiled in July 2019 that allow agents to expand their use of "expedited removal," a fast-tracked deportation process created by a 1996 law that bars certain immigrants from seeking relief before an immigration judge.
made a similar promise when he was campaigning for the first term of his presidency: He , "I can guarantee that we will have, in the first year, an immigration bill that I strongly support."
It would have been easy for him to keep that promise.
The Democrats could have passed any immigration bill they wanted during the first year of his presidency., they had the majority in the House and a strong enough majority in the Senate to stop a .
They chose not to take advantage of the opportunity.
It may not be possible for the Democrats to establish a legalization program now without such overwhelming control over the legislative process.
The last bill with a legalization program was the Immigration Reform and Control Act (), which was enacted in 1986.
IRCA was based on an agreement to give lawful status to undocumented aliens already here - in return for enforcement measures to control illegal immigration in the future.
Presidential debates are terrible. They don't have to be.
We have to do better than Thursday night's debate next time around. So let's make presidential debates worth our time to watch in 2024.Let's begin with a basic fact: Presidential debates are by and large terrible, and they've been terrible for a long time. This isn't to say they're "boring" to the average viewer — they absolutely are — but there's no need for a debate to turn into a reality show, no matter how hard the president has tried to transform them into a political version of a "WrestleMania" plotline.
The 2.7 million people who were legalized wereby a new group of undocumented aliens by the beginning of 1997.
The Republicans oppose passage of another bill with a legalization program unless it has.
This condition can't be met without making all undocumented aliens who are not legalized subject to deportation, and to my knowledge, the Democrats are not willing to do this.
There's too much we don't know
How do you decide whether to have a legalization program when no one knows how many undocumented aliens there really are?
DHSa known as the " " to estimate the undocumented alien population. Data from the annual (ACS) is used to estimate the number of foreign-born people in the United States. Then, an estimate of the number of lawful immigrants is subtracted from the foreign-born estimate. The remainder is the estimate of the undocumented alien population.
The problem with this approach is that the ACS only questionsof the population.
These GOP House candidates walk a fine line on immigration, an issue that’s personal
Victoria Spartz credits her conservative values to what she saw as a child. Born and raised in Ukraine, she recalls an era when the former Soviet government controlled the religion people practiced and monitored what they said in public. “The values of freedom are very valuable for someone who immigrated from a country where we […] The post These GOP House candidates walk a fine line on immigration, an issue that’s personal appeared first on Roll Call.
Moreover, itfor a person's place of birth, his race, and whether he is a citizen of the United States. It is unrealistic to expect undocumented aliens who are trying to avoid detection to answer such questions truthfully.
A more reliable method is needed.
Congress writes the immigration laws, not the president
In his "," Biden says that he intends to follow the Obama-Biden administration's .
These measures violated theprovisions in the Constitution, and Obama knew it. He constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School, and comments he made early in his administration indicate that he knew the limits of a president's discretion in enforcing the immigration laws.
In October 2010, he:
"If Congress has laws on the books that say that people who are here who are not documented have to be deported, then I can exercise some flexibility in terms of where we deploy our resources, to focus on people who are really causing problems as opposed to families who are just trying to work and support themselves. But there's a limit to the discretion that I can show because I am obliged to execute the law. That's what the Executive Branch means. I can't just make the laws up by myself."
Trump administration settles with Latino farm activists who said they were targeted over political work
The lawsuit revealed how federal agents surveilled and infiltrated the group. As part of the settlement, ICE will circulate information about the First Amendment to agents As part of the settlement, the Department of Homeland Security has agreed to pay $100,000 to the three activists and Migrant Justice, the advocacy group they were working with, and to grant them deferred action, effectively stopping their deportation cases and allowing them to obtain work permits.
Several months later, hethat he couldn't "just bypass Congress and change the [immigration] law [him]self. That's not how a democracy works."
But three years later, heimmigration officers from apprehending or removing undocumented aliens who were not in one of his priority categories unless, "in the judgment of an ICE Field Office Director, removing such an alien would serve an important federal interest."
Biden says he would go even further.
At a, he said, "in the first 100 days of my administration, no one, no one will be deported at all. From that point on, the only deportations that will take place are for commissions of felonies in the United States of America."
It's not too late to question the candidates about these issues.
was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years. He subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years. Follow him on Twitter or at .
Under Trump, citizenship and visa agency focuses on fraud .
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The head of the agency handling citizenship and visa applications was surprised when he faced blowback for cutting a reference to the U.S. being a “nation of immigrants” in its mission statement. The son of a Peruvian immigrant added language about “protecting Americans” instead. L. Francis Cissna argued that America is indisputably a nation of immigrants but that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' mission statementL. Francis Cissna argued that America is indisputably a nation of immigrants but that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services' mission statement wasn't the place to say so.