Reflecting on immigration before the first Democratic debates, Joe Biden proposes that Congress grant immediate citizenship to more than 800,000 residents who came into the country illegally as children.
The former US vice president and leader of the polls among Democratic White House candidates presented some of his immigration priorities on Monday in an opinion piece published in The Miami Herald and El Nuevo Herald where he criticizes President Donald Trump for an “assault” to dignity “committed against the Hispanic community through policies and rhetoric designed to “scare voters ”
“Trump repeatedly invokes racist discourse to describe anyone south of the Rio Grande,” Biden writes, and criticizes the president for “actions that subvert our American values and our ability to lead on the global stage.”
Biden, who in April launched his campaign for next year’s elections, calls for speeding up the asylum system for migrants and spending more on electronic security at the borders instead of building the border wall proposed by Trump between the United States. and Mexico. In addition, it lashes out against Trump’s latest threats of mass deportation and his decision to cut aid to El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, the three Central American nations that send the most migrants to the US border.
Trump, a Republican, argues that his immigration policies are necessary to keep the country safe. He has also made it clear that his re-election strategy is centered squarely on his base, which since his first campaign in 2015, embraces his intransigent nationalism and economic protectionism.
Biden’s opinion article uses the English and Spanish versions to praise the diversity of the surrounding city, where 20 Democratic candidates will move to the debate stage on Wednesday and Thursday.
The former vice president has not yet offered detailed proposals for immigration policies beyond the scheme.
However, the opinion article is part of a series of policy pronouncements of different levels of detail, while Biden tries to maintain its leadership in the state and national surveys of primary Democratic voters. In his article, Biden promises a review of US foreign policy on the continent.