How Immigration Policy Might Decide The Election

Immigration is a hot button issue in the mid-term elections in America . If immigration issues help the Democrats win either house, President Trump could end up under fire. Alternatively, however, President Trump’s immigration initiatives could knock out the Democrats. The stakes could not be higher. With just days left in the election campaign, here are the immigration policies of the two parties compared.

The stakes could not be higher in the upcoming US midterm elections on November 6th. A battle is being waged to decide which vision of America will prevail – that of President Trump or that of the Democrats. A key hot button is immigration – it could turn the tide. Pic: Getty Museum

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U.S. citizenship by birthright – Republicans: Presidential executive order can and should stop it. Democrats: Fourteenth Amendment guarantees birthright. Can’t be done by Presidential decree, needs a constitutional amendment.

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Caravan of asylum seekers coming to the USA from Mexico -Republicans: The caravan is a national threat. Send in troops to the US-Mexico border and shore it up with barbed wire.  Democrats: People genuinely escaping their country with a well-founded fear of persecution based on the traditional refugee grounds of race, religion, political opinion, etc. have a right to present their claims to American authorities by international agreements and law. The caravan presents little danger to America.

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Separation of families – Republicans: The zero tolerance border crossing policy involved separation of children from parents as an effective bargaining tool to force families to return home by promising family unification. While not done well and properly, a revised policy something like this is needed to block the exodus that will be coming northbound in the years ahead. Democrats: The zero tolerance policy was inhumane. President Trump is responsible for lost connection between children and parents including over 200 children who are still detached. Refugee families should be kept together.

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Tent cities – Republicans: Asylum claimants to be housed in huge tent cities at the border. No
“catch and release” referring to a practice of releasing an immigrant to the community while he or she awaits hearings in immigration court, as an alternative to holding them in immigration detention. Democrats: Asylum claimants and families should be kept together and processed and allowed entry with an undertaking to appear at asylum hearings. Only criminals, previous deportees and likely escapees should be returned to Mexico or held in custody.

A woman holds up a sign that says, “resist,” as supporters of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) block an intersection near the U.S. Capitol as an act of civil disobedience in support of DACA recipients, Monday, March 5, 2018, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

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DACA or Dreamers – Republicans: With all due sympathy for the Dreamers, they should be deported unless they are properly dealt with by Congressional action. Many state leaders oppose supporting these immigrants. Democrats: Dreamers should be allowed to stay and provided with a path to citizenship. After all, they were only kids when they entered the USA through no fault of their own.

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Comprehensive Immigration Reform: Republicans: Agree on need but require a sealed border, termination of the diversity lottery and family- based chain immigration. They want a decrease in the number of immigrants coming yearly and particularly refugees. They want the removal of illegals and absolutely no amnesty because they see amnesty as a reward for illegal behavior. Democrats: Agree on the need for Comprehensive Immigration Reform and on a defensible border but not the way the Republicans propose, support DACA/Dreamers to get status and eventual path to citizenship, family immigration, and asylum seekers. They want increased immigration targets, and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants, albeit with penalties for entering illegally and not allowing them to take precedence over those lawful immigrants who came before them.

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Wall at the U.S. – Mexico border: Republicans: USA needs a wall with Mexico to block illegal immigration. The southern border is a joke with illegal immigrants pouring across it daily, including criminals and previous deportees. Democrats: A wall is a futile expenditure of money. Illegal immigration can be blocked through innovative and well thought out policies and new technologies.

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Trump’s Travel Ban to Immigration – Republicans: Trump’s ban to entry for people from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Venezuela, and Yemen is necessary to secure America. Democrats: The bar is nothing more than a Muslim ban, is discriminatory and does nothing to secure Americans since almost none of the terrorists who committed acts of terror in America have not come from the countries so identified.

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Temporary Protective Status – Republicans: Cancel T.P.S. for many immigrants from countries like El Salvador, Haiti, Honduras, Nepal, Nicaragua, Somalia, Sudan and the like, since the danger has subsided in many cases and these migrants are getting a free ride in the USA.  Democrats: Maintain T.P.S. for these people who, by and large, have been displaced from the countries concerned for good reason.

FILE – In this June 19, 2018, Protester Ann Marie Stenberg yells outside of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) office in San Francisco. A U.S. judge in California struck down an immigration law Friday, Oct. 5, 2018 that the Trump administration has used to go after cities and states that limit cooperation with immigration officials. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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Sanctuary Cities – Republicans: Stop funding to cities who are providing refuge to illegal immigrants by declaring themselves as “sanctuary cities.” Democrats: Funding cannot be blocked based on the actions of cities in support of immigrants in their midst, even if the immigrants are illegally present in the USA, since the actions of the cities are meant to balance financial security with public safety for the general welfare of the city residents.

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Tactics: Republicans – President Trump tends to speak in terms of hyperbole and exaggeration, using words describing immigration policies as a “total nightmare” and that the U.S. is the “laughing stock” of the world in terms of its immigration policy.  While exaggerated, his views are broadly reported. Democrats: Recognize the need for immigration reform and that the system is not working properly, but tend to be less flamboyant and instead are trying to be rational about immigration policy. Their efforts, however, have been largely lost by the daily barrage of new announcements Trump is advancing which have kept the media focused on his immigration agenda, no matter whether it is characterized favorably or not.

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