A few weeks ago, Democratic candidate for President and former mayor of South bend, Indiana, Buttigieg promoted his solutions for America’s immigration challenges to coincide with his rise in the polls among a still crowded field of Democratic challengers for the office of President. Buttigieg says that his plan stresses the importance of immigration to the economy and explained why his positions would make the system fairer at the same time. “We must recognize the great contributions of immigrants and create an immigration system that meets the needs of our nation now and in the years ahead,” he told NBC news. Let’s look at the where he stands various aspects of immigration policy.
- Border crossings: Buttigieg says that crossing the U.S./Mexican border into this country should still be illegal but that it should be a matter handled under civil law. He further says that the emphasis of a Buttigieg Administration would be on immigration reform in general.
- Child separation: The former mayor of Indiana believes that child separation is wrong and that it is the outcome of the “zero tolerance,” policies of the current administration.
- Path to citizenship: Part of Buttigieg’s plan would create a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants within the first 100 days of his administration. Additionally, the Democratic candidate for President and former mayor says that he would restore temporary protections of undocumented immigrants as part of his plan.
- The asylum process: Buttigieg’s plan would remove asylum-seekers and migrants in facilities run by Customs and Border Protection from their custody and set up new facilities run by HHS. Here, staff would be trained in health, trauma-informed and age appropriate care.
- The border wall: Buttigieg’s plan calls for an end to construction on the wall. Furthermore, he says he would take the $1 billion to $2 billion used to build the wall and reinvest it into technologically-driven border solutions.
- DACA: Buttigieg supports the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA and says he would like to see a pathway to citizenship for young immigrants who were brought to this country illegally but have been here a while. Moreover, Buttigieg says he opposes the current administration’s “zero tolerance” stance on immigration.
As an immigration lawyer in Van Nuys I can tell you that I and my colleagues will not give up the fight until the immigration system is fairer and more compassionate regardless of who sits in the White House in 2020. I am attorney Erika Roman and I will talk with you for free.