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This was rather predictable. Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) announced her and former Vice President Joe Biden’s immigration agenda. If Biden is declared to be the next president, he seems bent on reversing Trump’s immigration policies.
During a pre-recorded speech at the National Immigrant Integration Conference, Harris told the audience that a Biden administration would lift restrictions on immigration and push through an amnesty for all 11 to 22 million illegal immigrants in the country. They would also restart immigration from nations that export terrorism.
Within the first 100 days, Biden and Harris will work to undo President Trump’s immigration reforms. Part of this would involve lifting Trump’s travel ban, which bars travel from Libya, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, Nigeria, Myanmar, North Korea, and others.
The countries on the travel ban list were placed there because they have been found to harbor and sponsor terrorists or refuse to share critical national security data with the U.S. “In our first 100 days, we will send an immigration bill to Congress, reinstate DACA, repeal harmful and discriminatory policies like the Muslim ban,” Harris said. “And during our administration, we will repeal indiscriminate enforcement policies that tear families apart and make us less safe.”
This would be a decision that would get mixed results from the public, many of which support the precautions the Trump administration took when it comes to immigration.
Breitbart News pointed out:
“The ending of Trump’s travel ban by Biden would come as the overwhelming majority of Americans support such immigration restrictions. Last month, 5-in-6 voters said they supported travel bans to slow the spread of the Chinese coronavirus crisis, and in November 2018, more than 4-in-9 Americans said they supported travel bans on Muslim-majority countries.”
These are probably not the only steps a potential Biden administration will take to unravel the immigration reforms that the Trump administration put into place. They will likely increase the number of refugees the nation accepts — even though many are not fleeing actual oppression from their home countries. Biden would probably continue the visa programs that allow millions of foreign nationals to enter the country and compete with American workers for jobs.
If the Georgia senate races do not go in the GOP’s favor, it will be much easier for Harris and Biden to bring the nation closer to open borders because the Democrats will control the Senate and House of Representatives. But either way, it is clear that immigration will be one of several issues over which conservatives and progressives lawmakers will battle if Biden becomes the next president.