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2020 presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) released a plan on immigration Thursday that she says will “create a rules-based system that is fair, humane, and that reflects our values.”
Consistent with what many other Democrats in the race have been advocating, Warren is proposing reducing legal penalties for illegal border crossings, a move first proposed by fellow 2020 rival and former secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro and quickly adopted by others in the race.
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Some prominent Democrats outside the race have criticized the policy as “tantamount” to open borders. Jeh Johnson, the former secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, condemned the policy as impractical, warning that it would only encourage more foreign citizens to take the journey, making the existing problem on the border worse.
“That is unworkable, unwise, and does not have the support of a majority of American people or the Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that,” Johnson told the Washington Post last week.
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Yet while the Warren plan calls for erasing criminal penalties for crossing the border, the proposal keeps in place civil penalties for such actions, still a similar position shared by other presidential candidates.
Warren’s proposal on immigration also called for the restructuring from “top to bottom” of two of the nation’s leading immigration enforcement agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Warren said she wants to change the culture at the two agencies recently embroiled in controversy over the overcrowded conditions for detained migrants at the border and the revelations of secret Facebook groups mocking prominent Democrats and minorities.
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“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...
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