In the weeks since the mainstream media declared Democratic nominee Joe Biden the winner of last month’s presidential race, he has been elaborating to some extent on the policies Americans can expect from his prospective administration.
Biden’s running mate, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), also weighed in on the issue, potentially giving Americans who are concerned about a secure national border even more anxiety.
“Indiscriminate enforcement policies”
During a recent prerecorded message to members of the National Immigrant Integration Conference, Harris pledged that a Biden administration would work to “repeal harmful and discriminatory policies like the Muslim ban” within its first 100 days, Breitbart reported.
Of course, the so-called Muslim ban does not prohibit entry into the U.S. for all Muslims, but rather, restricts entry for individuals from 13 nations of particular concern — not all of which have majority Islamic populations.
The countries on the list have either been designated by the U.S. Department of State as sponsors of terror or because visa applicants cannot be sufficiently vetted.
In addition to repealing that national security measure, Harris further promised that the administration would “send an immigration bill to Congress” to “reinstate DACA,” according to Breitbart, as well as “repeal indiscriminate enforcement policies that tear families apart and make us less safe.”
Another piece of the agenda apparently involves some form of amnesty to undocumented immigrants, a move that Breitbart noted would put millions of people on a pathway to citizenship.
“Another two million people”
Those moves are in line with prior campaign commitments from Biden, including his assertion in an interview last year that agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) who arrest undocumented immigrants for minor crimes could face termination.
“You change the culture by saying you are going to get fired,” the former vice president said. “You are fired if, in fact, you do that. You only arrest for the purpose of dealing with a felony that’s committed, and I don’t count drunk driving as a felony.”
Furthermore, Biden told members of Iowa’s Asian and Latino Coalition that he would “increase the total number of immigrants who are able to come to the United States.”
He went on to insist that the U.S. “could afford to take in a heartbeat another two million people.”
Meanwhile, other Democrats have called for abolishing ICE altogether. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) said at an event in July 2019 that “all people should be free to be here and in our communities.”