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Warren Releases Immigration Plans Showing Progressive Approach
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=51142"><span class="small">Elana Schor, Associated Press</span></a>   
Thursday, 11 July 2019 12:36

Schor write: "Elizabeth Warren released a far-reaching immigration agenda on Thursday that envisions a significant leftward shift in U.S. policy, including the remodeling of immigration enforcement agencies 'from top to bottom' and new limits on the detention of migrants who enter the country."

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, speaks during a campaign stop at town hall in Peterborough, N.H., Monday, July 8, 2019. (photo: Charles Krupa/AP)
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-MA, speaks during a campaign stop at town hall in Peterborough, N.H., Monday, July 8, 2019. (photo: Charles Krupa/AP)

Warren Releases Immigration Plans Showing Progressive Approach

By Elana Schor, Associated Press

11 July 19


lizabeth Warren released a far-reaching immigration agenda on Thursday that envisions a significant leftward shift in U.S. policy, including the remodeling of immigration enforcement agencies “from top to bottom” and new limits on the detention of migrants who enter the country.

Warren’s immigration proposal, released ahead of her appearance alongside three Democratic presidential rivals at a forum hosted by the League of United Latin American Citizens, comes as President Donald Trump’s detention policies continue to spark fierce Democratic pushback and stoke public debate. With the Democratic Party’s base enflamed by the separation of migrant families and reported dismal conditions in detention centers, Warren is one of several 2020 presidential hopefuls offering a dramatically different strategy that promises to connect with liberal and Latino voters — but also give Trump an opening to attack.

The Massachusetts senator’s plan would not go so far as to “abolish” U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a progressive effort last year that failed to reach critical mass even with Democratic voters and drew harsh criticism from Trump and the GOP. But Warren is calling for a wholesale reorientation at both ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol, which enforces immigration laws at the border.

“I’ll reshape CBP and ICE from top to bottom, focusing their efforts on homeland security efforts like screening cargo, identifying counterfeit goods, and preventing smuggling and trafficking,” the candidate wrote in a Medium post outlining her platform.

Warren would also dent the Trump administration’s detention practices by creating “a Justice Department task force to investigate accusations of serious violations” in facilities that house migrants, giving that effort “independent authority to pursue any substantiated criminal allegations.”

Several elements of Warren’s immigration framework are also supported by other Democrats seeking the party’s nomination to take on Trump next year.

If elected, she wrote, she would “issue guidance ensuring that detention is only used where it is actually necessary because an individual poses a flight or safety risk.” New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker’s immigration plan, released last week , was billed by his campaign as a near-outright end to immigration detention.

Warren also vowed to shift federal immigration courts out of the Justice Department’s purview, which is part of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke’s plan. She aligned with multiple other Democratic presidential contenders — including Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris — in supporting an end to the prosecution of border crossings as criminal offenses, rather than civil.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who did not join Sanders and Harris in raising his hand when asked about decriminalizing border crossings during last month’s Democratic presidential debate, reiterated to CNN recently that he does not agree with such a shift in immigration policy. Warren in addressing LULAC at Thursday’s Democratic presidential forum in Milwaukee alongside Sanders, O’Rourke and former Housing Secretary Julian Castro.

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+2 # DongiC 2019-07-12 00:47
Senator Warren is the voice of sanity in the US Senate. Her plan seems fair and reasonable and worthy of a great and kindly nation. She would make a fine Chief Executive or Vice President when paired with Bernie Sanders. Go to it team; let's drain the swamp and throw the Trumpistas out. It's the only way to make America great again!
+5 # tidyidy 2019-07-12 07:14
Reader Supported News is at fault here, I think. I'm 92.75 years old and I'm not absolutely positive , but I think there has been little or no attention to why so many people are leaving their homes with so much uncertainty about what will become of them where they are going.

Reading around in other news sources, some of which I found through RSN, I've become aware that our foreign policies are a part of the reason. I've phrased that very carefully, but I'm very sure that we are a part of the problem having interfered in the internal affairs of their countries to benefit ourselves. And by 'ourselves' I mean our carbon industry.

If this were the Pottery Barn, the rule would be we would pay for what ever we break. A wall will do nothing to fix those broken lives. We should mind our own business and keep our hands to ourselves.

+1 # lfeuille 2019-07-12 18:05
RSN did recently run a Democracy Now interview with the coup deposed former president of Honduras who laid the violence that is driving emigration directly at the feet of Hillary Clinton who decided to approve the coup and support the junta and convinced Obama to go along with her, but it's true that most articles stop short of examining the root causes of the problem.
0 # Robbee 2019-07-12 10:54
Warren Releases Immigration Plans Showing Progressive Approach
By Elana Schor, Associated Press
11 July 19

- elizabeth asked me so i endorsed her plan to mmigrate americato - it's a worthy plan!

bernie and elizabeth are remarkably interactive, sharing plans to supporters!

so far their plans are wonderful! - i've endorsed them all!

interacting with us grass roots is a wonderful innovation that bernie and elizabeth have brought to politics! - moreover they offer agile plans that make america work!

since this story fails to detail belizabeth's plan, i intend to look it up and publish it here, adios!
+1 # Robbee 2019-07-12 11:06
When I say that our immigration system needs to reflect our values, here’s what I plan to do:

1. Eliminate abusive enforcement and significantly reduce immigrant detention.

Entering the country without authorization has always been a violation of civil immigration law, but thanks to a former segregationist Senator, it’s also a criminal violation. This criminal prohibition is totally unnecessary for border security, and we should repeal it. As president, I will immediately end criminal prosecutions for simple administrative immigration violations and refocus our limited resources on actual criminals and real threats to the United States.

I will also reshape CBP and ICE from top to bottom. Our immigration agencies should protect Americans and uphold the rule of law, not pursue punitive policies that target communities of color. I’ll hold immigration enforcement to the same due process standards as other law enforcement agencies and strengthen watchdogs to prevent future abuses.

Under a Warren administration, if anyone’s violated the basic rights of immigrants, we’ll hold them accountable. That includes the abuses committed under the Trump administration. I'll set up a DOJ task force to investigate accusations of serious violations — including medical neglect and physical and sexual assaults — and give it independent authority to pursue any criminal allegations.
+1 # Robbee 2019-07-12 11:10
And I’ll end unnecessary detention and eliminate private detention facilities. We already have the tools to effectively track and monitor individuals without shoving them into cages and camps. As president, I’ll issue guidance ensuring detention is only used when an individual poses a flight or safety risk.

2. Provide rights and due process in our immigration courts.

To prevent future abuses, a Warren administration will establish professional, independent immigration courts and recruit highly qualified immigration judges with a diverse set of legal experiences so that everyone receives appropriate justice.

Right now, most immigrants facing deportation do not have attorneys — and in the Trump administration, that even includes toddlers. I’ll eliminate the use of expedited removal proceedings, guarantee hearings, and provide access to counsel in immigration court.

3. Welcome those in need.

Our laws and our values compel us to help those fleeing violence and oppression. My administration will raise the refugee cap and reject exclusionary policies based on race, religion, and nationality. On my first day in office, I’ll reverse Trump’s bigoted Muslim Ban.
+1 # Robbee 2019-07-12 11:12
As president, I will also reverse Trump’s efforts to stack the
deck against asylum applicants. I’ll ensure that asylum seekers can safely present themselves, restore President Obama’s promise to extend asylum for those fleeing domestic or gang violence, and affirm asylum protections for gender identity and sexual orientation-bas ed claims.

4. Grow legal immigration and establish a fair and achievable path to status.

I’ll work to expand legal immigration to grow our economy and reunify families. We should also make it easier for those eligible to naturalize, and repeal the 3- and 10-year bars preventing people from applying for legal status.

I’ll take executive action to restore and expand protections for our Dreamers. And I’ll extend deferred action protections to those who have contributed to our country for years and have built careers and families here, while also pursuing a legislative solution that provides a fair and achievable path to citizenship.

5. Address the root causes of migration.

We cannot fully address migration until we address its root causes — poverty, climate change, violence, and injustice. The solution to Central American migration isn’t placing children in cages — it’s stabilizing the countries that families are risking their lives to escape.

As president, I’ll restore and increase aid, step up efforts to address transnational crime, and protect those seeking refuge here.
-1 # Street Level 2019-07-12 19:34
Nice try, Liz. Once again, everyone wants to be Bernie. This is how the Dem's are going to take Bernie down by flooding the field with candidates who are touting a "progressive" platform. Donors have a lot of shill choices to be tricked by, some who've been in Washington for a long enough time and have never taken a more than a self-serving stand.