Self-avowed socialist Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, D, has released his immigration plan for his 2020 presidential campaign. Surprise! It involves abolishing ICE, blanket amnesty, and a lot of taxpayer-funded giveaways for illegal immigrants.
“My father came to America as a refugee without a nickel in his pocket, to escape widespread anti-Semitism and find a better life,” Sanders said in a statement announcing the plan. “As the proud son of an immigrant, I know that my father’s story is the story of so many Americans today.”
In the proposal, Sanders says that he would “break up ICE and CBP and redistribute their functions to their proper authorities.” According to the proposal, the Department of Justice would go back to handling border enforcement and deportation issues, the Treasury would handle customs responsibility, and the State Department would cover immigration and nationalization.
The plan gives legal status to 1.8 million illegal immigrants eligible for President Obama’s DACA amnesty program while also providing “administrative relief” (read: amnesty) to their illegally present parents. It also promises to use executive action to make illegal aliens who have lived in the United States for just five years immune to deportation and calls on Congress to “to provide a legislative path to citizenship to bring 11 million people out of the shadows.”
When it comes to enforcement, Sanders vows to “end workplace raids and shift the focus of enforcement from workers to employers who mistreat their workforce” as well as to end the use of DNA testing — which has been used to identify fraudulent family units — in border enforcement.
And while the plan’s pledge to reverse actions the Trump administration has taken in response to the current border crisis was to be expected, it goes even further to say that America should get rid of the immigration laws passed by Congress in 1996.
But that’s not all, folks. It just wouldn’t be a Bernie Sanders proposal without talking about what “free” stuff United States taxpayers would be paying for. In this instance, Sanders promises that “free” health care and college will be available to people “regardless of immigration status” under his Medicare for All and College for All proposals. He also pledged to “provide year-round, free universal school meals; breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks through our school meals programs to all students regardless of immigration status.”