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Pete Buttigieg announces an Immigration Policy for A New Era 

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SOUTH BEND, IN  — Today, Pete for America released “I was a stranger and you welcomed me: An Immigration Policy for A New Era,” a comprehensive immigration policy that lays out Pete’s bold plan to create a modern immigration system that fosters belonging, promotes our shared values, engages with the global community, and ensure our nation remains competitive while protecting all workers.

“On Day One of my administration, we will reverse this president’s cruel and counterproductive immigration actions that separate families, put children in cages and prevent them from having basic necessities like toothpaste or soap, deport veterans, and sweep up workers in raids while leaving exploitative employers unpunished,” said Buttigieg. “But we will do more than simply end these outrages. We will reform a system that has been in dire need of reform for decades and create an immigration system for a new era that reflects America’s values of welcoming and belonging.”

A Buttigieg administration will work to ensure that our nation is a beacon of hope for immigrants and refugees and will build a better system that serves all of us. Pete’s plan will:

  • Pass legislation in his first 100 days that provides a path to citizenship, including for people with temporary protections—Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Deferred Enforced Departure (DED), and withholding of removal. While working on a necessary legislative fix, Pete will immediately restore and extend temporary protections rescinded or threatened by the current administration on day one.

  • Accelerate reunification of families. Pete will reduce the backlog of family-based visas and increase the number of visas issued for family reunification each year. He also will fight for reforms to re-classify spouses and children of permanent residents as immediate relatives, eliminate discriminatory annual per-country caps, end down-grading of family preferences (through aging out or getting married), and recognize same-sex partners from countries lacking marriage equality.

  • End the Muslim Ban on Day One. Pete will immediately end this ban, which should be anathema to our values as Americans.

  • Reduce barriers to health care and education by eliminating the five-year waiting period for green card holders gaining access to public health insurance and food assistance programs; expanding on Obamacare to allow all immigrants to access health coverage on the marketplaces, and expanding access to Pell grants for students with DACA.

  • Protect undocumented workers from retaliation when reporting labor violations. Pete will support the Agricultural Worker Program Act, which protects farmworker rights such as labor, pesticide protection, and food safety laws. Pete also supports the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights.

  • Provide opportunities for people who want to build our economy where they are needed most. Pete will create a local Community Renewal (CR) visa targeted toward counties that have lost prime-working-age population over the last 10 years, and smaller cities that are struggling to keep pace economically with larger cities.

  • Create a National Office of New Americans to promote and support immigrant and refugee integration and inclusion. This office will be in the Executive Office of the President and will coordinate integration efforts across federal, state, and local governments.

  • Keep naturalization affordable. The Trump administration is proposing to hike the naturalization application fee by 83% to $1,170 —that’s more than an average family pays for rent each month in 43 states. Pete’s administration will keep naturalization affordable and ensure that fee waivers are available to those unable to pay. As we do for those who serve in the military. Pete will not require a fee from national service participants.

  • Put border facilities under the purview of HHS rather than CBP. By shifting responsibility for processing centers to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), we ensure proper care of asylum seekers.

  • Fully restore and increase aid to Central America. The Trump administration suspended nearly $450 million in aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in retaliation for failing to stop migrants from leaving for the United States, a short-sighted response that has only exacerbated the dire conditions that cause people fleeing in the first place. A Buttigieg administration will restore funding to additional programs proven effective in improving the rule of law, functioning judicial systems, education, regional safety, economic stability, and combating corruption.

  • Modernize our employment-based visa system. We have not meaningfully updated our visa caps in over 30 years. Rather than reset our visa allotments one time based on current data, which will quickly become outdated as our economy continues to change, Pete will create a flexible review system where the allotment for employment-based visas will be set every other year based on our economy’s needs. This process will make our immigration system more adaptable, evidence-based, and competitive.

Our democracy is stronger when people living here have a voice in our society. Read Pete’s comprehensive plan for An Immigration Policy for A New Era HERE.

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Anonymous
4 years ago

He wants to, “Fully restore and increase aid to Central America. The Trump administration suspended nearly $450 million in aid to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in retaliation for failing to stop migrants from leaving for the United States”
So, the way i read this is that Trump quit paying these people to come here. They have to find their own financing to be undocumented Democrats.
“Create a National Office of New Americans to promote and support immigrant and refugee integration and inclusion.” Force them into traditionally Republican strong holds so Democrats can control and destroy that area too.
“Provide opportunities for people who want to build our economy where they are needed most. Pete will create a local Community Renewal (CR) visa targeted toward counties that have lost prime-working-age population over the last 10 years, and smaller cities that are struggling to keep pace economically with larger cities.” Again, control the traditionally Republican strong holds so Democrats can control and destroy those areas too.
“Reduce barriers to health care and education by eliminating the five-year waiting period for green card holders gaining access to public health insurance and food assistance programs”. This is so the newly brought in undocumented(but soon to be)Democrat can get government checks right away, no waiting. This would make them eligible for all government programs. Nothing like building a Democrat dynasty with tax payer money.

Anonymous
4 years ago

*A universal characteristic of insanity is inflexibly doing the same thing over and over while hoping for different results. Democrats are doubling down on insanity…

Anonymous
4 years ago

It is well past time for the Attorney General to start leveling charges of Seditious Conspiracy against the Democrat party…

Anonymous
4 years ago

against the Democrat party…
How can you pay reparations to people who are already dead and gone??? And why should people, that never were quilty of this pay for it???? Makes absolutely no sense. That’s like saying the grandaughters of the great grandmother that stole my great grandmothers silver, has to pay for replacing it.

Anonymous
4 years ago

Well yeah there’s always money. It comes from you, and me, and every other legal American citizen that pays taxes. Of course there’s always money. Democrats just keep raising the taxes to come up with. You know, so Democrats can pay for health care and everything else for the illegals. Free money is not free people! It comes out of our paychecks!!!

Anonymous
4 years ago

This is nothing more than trying to buy votes with taxpayers money. He should be put in jail for this pandering.

Anonymous
Reply to  Anonymous
4 years ago

You should know by now, there’s nothing wrong with it.
As long as it’s a Democrat doing it.

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