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Joe Biden on Immigration

Biden Promises to Reverse Trump's Most Aggressive Anti-Immigrant Policies 
Biden’s intends (1) to roll back the Trump administration’s “remain in Mexico” policy (Migrant Protection Protocols (2)) which forces migrant families to wait in dangerous parts of Mexico in makeshift encampments to await results on their immigration cases, and has dramatically reduced the number of asylum seekers who can apply for protection at entry points along the border. Biden also promises (3) to shore up protections for domestic violence victims and individuals fleeing political persecution, and end (4) criminal prosecutions that separate families and punish people for lawfully requesting asylum. Biden also promises to end (5) Trump's “public charge rule", which makes it more difficult for low-income immigrants to find a better life in the U.S., and plans to end (6) Trump's travel ban (7) which placed restrictions on individuals from seven (8) different countries. 

Biden Has a History of Supporting Immigrants in Congress 
In 1983, Biden voted against (9) an amendment which would allow states to deny public benefits like free public education to undocumented immigrants. Biden voted for (10) Ted Kennedy’s Immigration Act of 1990 (11), which increased (12) the annual limits on total level of immigration to the U.S., and revised (13) visa category limits to increase skilled labor immigration. He voted against (14) giving preference to English-speaking immigrants, and voted to allow (15) the Census to keep counting undocumented residents in the apportion of House seats. He voted NO (16) on a 1997 bill limiting welfare for immigrants in June 1997; he voted YES (17) in 2007 on continuing to provide federal funds to sanctuary cities; YES (18) on the Comprehensive Immigration Reform Act of 2007, and YES (19) on allowing illegal aliens to participate in social security. 

The Obama-Biden Administration Achieved Many Historic Programs For Immigrants 
As Vice President, Biden supported (20) the creation and expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and has vowed to "immediately work to make it permanent by sending a bill to Congress on day one of [his] Administration” (21). He also championed (22) the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program, the Central American Minors program (23) -- which allowed parents with legal status in the U.S. to apply to bring their children up from Central America to live with them, and supported (24) the creation of a White House task force intended to support immigrants in help them integrate into their new homes and communities. And in 2013, the Obama-Biden Administration strongly supported (25) a bipartisan immigration solution deemed “the most monumental overhaul of U.S. immigration laws in a generation” (26) which would have given millions of undocumented residents a chance at citizenship and attracted workers from around the world, but the Republican-Dominated House refused (27) to even bring that bill to a vote.

Biden Promises to Rise Above Both Trump and Obama's Immigration Legacies, and Implement Aggressive Reforms to Make the Process More Humane and More Efficient.  Biden claims “The idea that anyone will be deported without actually having committed a felony or a serious crime is going to end in [his] administration” (28). Biden also intends to change the annual cap on refugees admitted to the United States to 125,000 (29), far greater than the limit of 18,000 (30) that the Trump administration set for 2019 fiscal year, and far above the cap of 110,000 (31) that Obama set at the end of his administration. His plan promises (32) to end the use of for-profit detention centers; calls for doubling the number of immigration judges, court staff members and interpreters in an effort to address backlogs in the immigration court. 

Biden Promises to Provide Aid to Central America to Promote Safety and Economic Growth.  Biden released a plan for Central America which promises $4 billion (33) over four years in spending to address the issues of violence and poverty that are leading to mass migrations to the U.S. These funds are intended (34) to fight corruption, attract private sector investment, develop civil society and incentivize countries to conduct their own reforms.