As the United States gears up for the big day — the November 3 elections — the entire world is looking at the policies of the top presidential candidates with a hawk-eye focus.
US President Donald Trump is eyeing a second term while Democrat Presidential hopeful Joe Biden is back in the game with starkly contrasting policies.
One of the focus areas and main battlegrounds for the two top candidates are going to be immigration policies and the Mexican border wall.
Back in 2016, Trump was voted into power with harsh promises of crackdown on illegal border crossings and erection of a controversial wall along the US-Mexico border.
Interestingly, former vice president is all for a redeeming of the US immigration policies introduced by the Trump administration and generally frowned upon by the world.
According to the presidential candidate’s website, he will not further let the Department of Defense to spend on the wall, stating: “Building a wall will do little to deter criminals and cartels seeking to exploit our borders.”
If the Democrat comes into power, he will revert to the Obama administration policies, which also include the reinstatement of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals programme.
Biden also stated that he believes in making better changes in the screening process at the borders, adding that as for those aspiring to enter the US and acquire citizenship should have a roadmap to the process through legislative immigration reforms.
He further claimed that he would protect the families from the inhumane procedure of separation at entry points.
Most importantly, the campaign website also mentions that it will repeal refugee bans or so-called “Muslim bans”.
“The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim bias hurts our economy and betrays our values. Prohibiting Muslims from entering the country is morally wrong, and there is no intelligence or evidence that suggests it makes our nation more secure. It is yet another abuse of power by the Trump Administration designed to target primarily black and brown immigrants,” it stated.
Meanwhile, Biden also intends to hold ICE and CBP officials accountable for any inhumane and cruel treatment, making them stick to professional standards.
Biden also claimed that he would set the number of annual refugee admissions to 125,000 and will also bump it over time.
The Trump administration radically beefed up immigration control after the coronavirus pandemic hit the country with full force, however, the premise on which it was done has little to do with the fact that the Republican had already enforced hardline immigration policies.
During his tenure, the business tycoon has put in place more than 400 executive orders to overhaul US immigration policies.
These controversial policies include fast-track deportations, proposing a rule to blocking some groups from acquiring asylum and measures against those who provided shelter to undocumented individuals, separation of children from parents at the border etc.
Another facet is the “Remain in Mexico” policy that asks asylum-seekers to await a decision on their immigration status while being at the Mexican side.
Even before the elections, the Department of Homeland Security is all on its toes to complete the 450 miles wall along the US-Mexico border until the end of 2020.
These stark differences in the immigration policies of the most-sought after country for a better standard of living can be a game-changer not only for the US politics but the entire world and its population.
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