On Tuesday, Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren revealed she intends to decriminalize illegal border crossings, should she be elected president, to fix the immigration crisis currently happening at the southern border.
Decriminalizing illegal crossings would permit migrants unimpeded access into the United States and would effectively tie the hands of immigration enforcement officials.
The Daily Caller reports Warren told the HuffPost: “I agree with Secretary Castro,” speaking of fellow Democratic presidential candidate and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro.
I agree with @JulianCastro: We shouldn't criminalize families trying to build a better future. We need comprehensive immigration reform that's in line with our values and creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants, including our DREAMers. https://t.co/KWzLmVnEBF
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) June 25, 2019
“We should not be criminalizing mamas and babies trying to flee violence at home or trying to build a better future,” Warren continued. “We must pass comprehensive immigration reform that is in line with our values, creates a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants including our DREAMers, and protects our borders.”
Elizabeth Warren wants to decriminalize illegal immigration.
Beto O'Rouke wants to tear down all existing border barriers.
Could the stars of the 1st Democrat debate be any more extreme on immigration?
They're totally out of touch.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) June 25, 2019
The HuffPost reports:
Under the current system, tens of thousands of migrants who cross without authorization, including some asylum-seekers, face federal prosecution in criminal courts and jail time before they get in front of an administrative judge, who decides their immigration cases.
Those facing deportation in an immigration court are not being accused of a crime. But crossing the border without authorization is also a misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Repeat offenders can be charged anywhere in the country and convicted with little more than evidence of a deportation on their record and punished with sentences ranging up to 20 years, depending on the migrant’s criminal record.
According to the report, the laws criminalizing those who cross illegally have been on the books since 1929.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.