Trump and Biden’s conflicting policies keeps immigration’s future in the US uncertain.
The immigration policies of President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden couldn’t appear more differently from one another as America awaits the future of immigration in the United States.
Biden aims to remove immigration restrictions set by the Trump administration and provide a “roadmap to citizenship” for illegal immigrants living in the US. On the other hand, President Trump looks to continue his construction of the border wall separating the US from Mexico, while bringing additional restrictions to illegal immigration.
Trump has received a multitude of criticism following his “no tolerance” policy that passed in 2018. This led to the parents of 545 children to become missing, while more than 5,500 immigrant families became separated in the process.
“What has happened is horrific,” stated Lee Gelernt, deputy director of the ACLU Immigrants’ Rights Project. “Some of these children were just babies when they were separated. Some of these children may now have been separated for more than half their lives. Almost their whole life, they have not been with their parents.”
Asylum seekers across the world are in desperate need of sanctuary. One asylum seeker, Josefa Ramirez from Venezuela shared her troubles earlier this week. “High leaders started attacking me and my family when they found out we were trying to leave Venezuela. As a woman I’m being extorted in Mexico where there’s also a lot of violence. Please Mr. Trump let us in,” Ramirez said.
During the final presidential debate Thursday, President Trump claimed the Obama administration had actually began the process of family separations before his first term in 2016, and had been the ones to build the “cages” for children. Trump went on to ensure that the children in U.S. custody have been “so well taken care of.”
Joe Biden is hoping to be the answer for these broken homes. In many ways, Biden will try to reverse a handful of Trump’s current policies. This should include the closure of the border wall and an ending to the separation of families. He intends to implement his program DACA, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, on his first day in office.
“If I’m elected president, we’re going to immediately end Trump’s assault on the dignity of immigrant communities,” Biden said in August during the Democratic National Convention. “We’re going to restore our moral standing in the world and our historic role as a safe haven for refugees and asylum-seekers.”
Anticipating to stay on the same course, there won’t be many changes to Trump’s outlook. Restrictions will be tightened on immigration, limiting the amount of people who will obtain asylum. In contrast, Biden has stated he will prioritize restoring the asylum system while working toward new methods for immigration detention.
The immigration policies of both candidates could play one of the largest factors in this election with how opposite-ended Trump and Biden are. Advocates for immigration and members of separated families appear to lean heavily in favor of Joe Biden thus far. Without making any changes to loosen his restrictions, Trump could find it difficult to win these voters over. While immigration is just one of many important topics to be analyzed thoroughly with each candidate, it has the potential to play one of the biggest roles in the voting outcome.
Trump may offer consistency while Biden may offer the opportunity for change. The question is, who’s side do you see?