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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), a 2020 White House hopeful, on Tuesday unveiled a plan that would “virtually eliminate” immigration detention if he is elected in 2020, his campaign said.
Booker’s immigration agenda, which he said would begin on Day 1 of his presidency, centers on using executive power to direct the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to mandate detention facilities meet civil detention standards of the American Bar Association.
The article goes on to state the following:
He would also end the use of for-profit detention facilities, limit the amount of time immigrants spend in detention centers and ensure immigrations get better access to legal counsel.
In addition, the report stated that Booker’s immigrant-friendly plan would achieve the following:
- Undo the Trump administration’s move to eliminate protections for so-called “Dreamers”
- Undo the administration’s “Muslim travel ban” and “expand pathways for refugees and those seeking asylum” by removing barriers to asylum, increase the cap on refugees and up border staffing for interviewing those seeking asylum.
Booker posted a summary of his plan on Twitter Tuesday morning, writing, “NEW: I’m introducing a plan to fix our broken immigration system—without Congress.” He listed the following:
Reforming our broken immigration system should:
- Treat immigrants, refugees and asylum seekers with dignity
- Address the root causes of the migration and refugee crisis
- Expand protections for immigrants and roll back Trump’s anti-immigrant policies
- Modernize immigration and reform ICE and CBP
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) July 2, 2019
— The Hill (@thehill) July 2, 2019
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