Cory Booker vows to ‘virtually eliminate immigration detention’

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Sen. Cory Booker is moving ever closer to an open borders America as he announced his plan to “virtually eliminate immigration detention” if he is elected president.

The New Jersey Democrat and 2020 candidate vowed to use executive actions as president to take on immigration issues currently plaguing the nation – without Congress –  announcing his proposed policies in a news release on Tuesday.

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“Cory Booker won’t wait for Congress: He will immediately act through executive authority to virtually eliminate immigration detention and end the crisis at the border,” the news release said.

Booker elaborated on his immigration reform plan during an appearance on “CNN Newsroom” Tuesday, saying he would focus in part on the northern triangle countries, appointing a special envoy and working to “start doing the opposite of what Donald Trump is doing.”

“Remember, this is a crisis that Donald Trump has created through executive action, not through the things that Congress has done. He started and created a crisis of executive action. I will end it with executive action, doing things that reflect our values,” Booker claimed.

The former Newark mayor’s plan would get underway on the first day of his presidency with orders via executive action to “shut down inhumane [detention] facilities and require all facilities to meet the highest standards,” and he will do so “without waiting for Congress to act.”

The news release reiterated that Booker “won’t wait to act to end the system of mass detention” while ending the “fear that has been sown in communities across America by the Trump Administration’s immigration policy.” The statement and Booker’s remarks seem to assume his executive actions and flagrant disregard of congressional oversight will be perfectly acceptable.

“When kids are being stripped away from their parents and held in cages, I will not wait for Congress to solve this crisis,” the Democratic hopeful said in a statement. “On day one of my presidency, I will take immediate steps to end this administration’s moral vandalism.”

Booker criticized Trump’s “tough bluster” in his CNN interview, as he cluelessly accused the president of “trying to criminalize people” and of “sucking our resources.”

“I’m curious, as the numbers jump of asylum seekers – it was up some 30,000 from this time last year – where will those asylum seekers go if those holding facilities are gone?” CNN host Jim Sciutto asked the candidate.

Booker could only reassert that “we do not need to be doing what the Trump Administration has done,” as he defended the influx of immigrants attempting to cross the southern U.S. border as “people that pose no threat.”

Booker’s proposed plan also seeks to restore – and even expand – the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program while ending Trump’s travel ban restricting immigration certain nations which exhibit a high level of terrorist activity.

The Democrat’s proposal “would direct the DHS to phase out its contracting with private prison facilities and county or local prisons over a three year period” as a Booker administration would “virtually eliminate our nation’s reliance on immigration incarceration, including ending the use of for-profit detention facilities.”

Booker’s announcement came as his fellow Democrats have amped up their rhetoric against the Trump administration’s attempt to deal with what the president called a “crisis” months ago. Condemning conditions at migrant detention centers at the U.S.-Mexico border, Democrats have fueled the fire of criticism as they level accusations.

 

But Democrats, who have done little to nothing to solve the humanitarian crisis other than fan the political flames to make Trump look bad, are being called out for exaggerating or simply misinforming the American people.

 

 

 

Frieda Powers

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Originally from New York, Powers graduated from New York University and eventually made her way to sunny South Florida where she has been writing for the BizPacReview team since 2015.
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