Biden details immigration vision ahead of
first Democratic 2020 debate
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[June 24, 2019]
By Amanda Becker
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former U.S. Vice
President Joe Biden, who is running for the Democratic presidential
nomination in 2020, called on Monday for making "Dreamer" immigrants
brought to the United States as children citizens and investing in
Biden's comments were made in an op-ed for the Miami Herald ahead of the
first Democratic presidential debate in Florida this week. He said
Republican President Donald Trump's proposed wall along the U.S.-Mexico
border would neither stop drugs from entering the country nor curb
He said most illegal immigration cases were the result of individuals
over-staying their visas.
"It's imperative that we secure our borders, but 'build the wall' is a
slogan divorced from reality," Biden wrote.
Trump said at the weekend he would delay for two weeks a plan to deport
thousands of individuals who have missed a court date or have already
been given deportation orders while the U.S. Congress negotiates changes
to the asylum process.
"I want to give the Democrats every last chance to quickly negotiate
simple changes to Asylum and Loopholes. This will fix the Southern
Border, together with the help that Mexico is now giving us. Probably
won't happen, but worth a try. Two weeks and big Deportation begins!"
Trump wrote on Twitter on Sunday.
Biden said Trump's deportation plan was more evidence that his
re-election strategy "relies on vilifying immigrants to score political
points while implementing policies that ensure asylum seekers and
refugees keep arriving at our border."
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Democratic presidential candidate and former Vice President Joe
Biden speaks at the SC Democratic Convention in Columbia, South
Carolina, U.S., June 22, 2019. REUTERS/Randall Hill
Biden said Trump and his administration's policies had taken a
"wrecking ball to our hemispheric ties," weakening relationships
with neighbors in Latin America and the Caribbean.
While Biden did not release a detailed immigration policy proposal,
he wrote that the United States is "a nation of laws and a nation of
immigrants," signaling he may take a more moderate stance on the
issue than some of his 24 competitors for the Democratic
White House contender Julián Castro, a former housing chief in the
Obama administration, has called for an end to the criminalisation
of illegal border crossings. Several other candidates, including
U.S. Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kamala Harris, have proposed
dramatically curtailing the work of the Immigration and Customs
(Reporting By Amanda Becker; Editing by Paul Tait)
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