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Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.), one of the 25 major contenders for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, announced plans Tuesday to dramatically reform the nation’s immigration system to “virtually eliminate” detention centers using the president’s executive powers.
The executive order, Booker said, would be signed on the first day of a Booker administration and direct the Department of Homeland Security to require detention facilities for illegal border crossers to meet the civil detention standards set by the American Bar Association, which “call for detention as a last resort” and requires higher standards for facilities that host children.
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Booker’s proposal also ends the use of for-profit detention centers and limits the time foreign citizens who are illegally present stay in facilities to promote easier and faster access to legal resources.
“The people held in DHS custody are seeking safety and a better life,” Booker said in a statement releasing the plan. “The Trump Administration’s border detention camps and immigration jails throughout the interior of the country are a stain on our nation’s history as a beacon for hope, freedom, and opportunity for generations the world over.”
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The senator from New Jersey and former Newark mayor also said he would move to undo steps taken under the Trump administration to curb immigration, including reinstating protections for “Dreamers,” or younger illegal immigrants, under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program and eliminating Trump’s travel bans from several Muslim-majority countries. The order would also stop the...
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