February 10, 2020
Mike Bloomberg unveiled his wide-ranging immigration plan Monday, pledging to investigate Immigration and Customs Enforcement and undo a number of Trump border initiatives, among many other things.
Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York City and a Democratic presidential candidate, introduced his comprehensive immigration plan Monday. The detailed plan included many pivots from the current administration, such as ending the “Remain in Mexico” program, metering at the border and a slate of Central American asylum agreements. However, his plan stopped short of some of the most progressive proposals pushed by other Democratic candidates.
“[R]ight now, our immigration system isn’t working for any of us,” read an expert from Bloomberg’s immigration proposal. “Congressional inaction — coupled with President [Donald] Trump’s incompetent and cruel policies — has created chaos at the border, separated families, trapped millions of immigrants in legal limbo and paralyzed an already inefficient system. This is not who we are, and it has not made us any safer.”
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If elected to office, Bloomberg pledged to order the Department of Justice to investigate Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) for alleged “abuse” by members. The billionaire added that he would reform the two agencies, reprioritizing their work and reducing the number of aliens in immigration detention.
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