Former Vice President Joe Biden promised to not deport any illegal immigrants for 100 days if hes elected president as both he and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) said they would roll back immigration enforcement.
“The first 100 days if my administration, no one will be deported at all,” Biden said during the Democratic presidential debate in Washington on Sunday night.
“From that point on, the only deportations that will take place are commissions of felonies in the United States of America.”
Biden also said he would push Congress to pass a bill that would immediately give approximately 11 million illegal immigrants “access to citizenship.”
The moves would be about “uniting families,” he told the moderators, adding: “Its about making sure that we can both be a nation of immigrants, as well as a nation that is decent.”
Biden was vice president from 2008 to 2016 during President Barack Obamas administration, which deported more people illegally in the country than any other. Biden has apologized on the campaign trail.
Sanders said he would, on the first day in office, “restore the status of 1.8 million young people and their parents” in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. The Obama-era policy enabled some people who arrived in the United States and met certain guidelines to request a deferral of possible deportation for a period of two years, subject to renewal.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids, which target illegal immigrant criminals and those working illegally at large companies, would also end, Sanders said. Such actions “are terrorizing communities all over this country,” the lawmaker claimed.
Sanders also said hed push Congress to pass a bill letting some 11 million illegal aliens become U.S. citizens.
Asked if the measures he supports would lead to so-called open borders, Sanders said no but didnt provide evidence for that assertation.
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