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Elizabeth Warren on Immigration

Massachusetts Senator; head of CFPB

 


Fix the crisis at the border; don't just stir it up

Gov. Steve BULLOCK [to Warren]: We've got 100,000 people showing up at the border right now. If we decriminalize entry, if we give health care to everyone, we'll have multiples of that. The biggest problem right now that we have with immigration, it's Donald Trump. He's using immigration to not only rip apart families, but rip apart this country. But you don't have to decriminalize everything.

WARREN: We have to be an America that is clear about what we want to do with immigration. We need to expand legal immigration. We need to create a path for citizenship, not just for DREAMers but for grandmas and for people who have been working here in the farms and for students who have overstayed their visas. We need to fix the crisis at the border. And a big part of how we do that, is we do not play into Donald Trump's hands. President Trump wants to stir up the crisis at the border because that's his overall message. It's -- if there's anything wrong in your life, blame them.

Source: July Democratic Primary debate (first night in Detroit) , Jul 30, 2019

A border wall is about hate & division, not security

An immigration system that is administered so that it is not able to tell the difference between a criminal, a terrorist, & a 12-year-old little girl is an immigration system that not only is not keeping us safer; it does not reflect our values. I will not support the building of a wall that does not make us safer. People within the administration have already said this is not about security. The kind of wall that is proposed now is a monument to hate and division. We are a better country than that.
Source: CNN Town Hall on 2020 Democratic presidential primary , Mar 18, 2019

Supports President Obama's immigration reform

Look, I was proud to vote for comprehensive immigration reform a year and a half ago, and the Republicans haven't done anything since then. They keep blocking bringing this to a vote. So, I support the president in taking what actions he can within the law to help families, to help businesses and try to patch up this broken immigration system.
Source: Washington Post on 2016 Veepstakes: "Potential 2016ers" , Nov 21, 2014

Support the DREAM Act: let immigrants into army or college

I believe in the DREAM Act. When Scott Brown voted against it, he denied the dreams of young people who did nothing wrong and who are trying to get an education or serve in the military. I thought that was wrong. I support the president's recent actions to help these kids. [In June 2012 Pres. Obama issued an executive order on DACA, "Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals", to not deport kids brought into the US by undocumented immigrants]. (citing The Boston Globe, June 2012)
Source: Quotable Elizabeth Warren, by Frank Marshall, p.153 , Nov 18, 2014

Strongly supports the DREAM Act

The two split on immigration. Brown said he supports an overhaul of the nation's immigration laws, but opposes the so-called DREAM Act, which would provide a path to legal status for many young illegal immigrants. He called the proposal "back door amnesty."

Warren said she strongly supports the Dream Act.

Source: Fox News on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Oct 2, 2012

Support the DREAM Act: Let kids stay

Warren jabbed at Brown while giving her ideas for solving the nation's immigration problems. "I believe in the Dream Act," Warren said. "When Scott Brown voted against it, he denied the dreams of young people who did nothing wrong and who are trying to get an education or serve in the military. I thought that was wrong. I support the president's recent actions to help these kids."

The Brown campaign called Warren "an extreme liberal on illegal immigration who supports amnesty and even wants to reward illegal immigrants with low in-state tuition rates financed by taxpayers." A Brown spokeswoman added: "This is a key difference between Professor Warren and Senator Brown. Senator Brown believes we are a nation of immigrants and we should welcome those who seek a better life in America, but we are also a nation of laws that have to be respected and observed."

Source: Boston Globe on 2012 Mass. Senate debate , Jun 22, 2012

Opposes "Secure Communities" immigration enforcement program

I think there's a real question about whether or not this "Secure Communities" bill really makes communities more secure. If people feel like they can't go to the police, that doesn't make us more secure. I think we really have to think much harder about the ways to make American communities more secure."
Source: TreeHugger.com blog, "U.S.Senate" , Dec 10, 2011

Bring people out of shadow economy & help social security

We believe that immigration made this country strong and that immigration will make this country strong in the future. We believe that equal means equal. No matter the color of your skin, no matter what language your family speaks. One of the ways we can save Social Security is to pass comprehensive immigration reform. Bring more workers and bring more people out of the shadow economy and into the fully paid economy where everything is above the table.
Source: Huffington Post on 2016 Veepstakes: "Immigration Reform" ,

Provide lawyers and evidence for children being deported.

Warren co-sponsored S.2540/H.R.4646

This bill authorizes the Department of Justice (DOJ) to appoint or provide counsel at government expense to aliens in removal proceedings.

  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) shall provide an alien in removal proceedings with all relevant documents in its possession, unless the alien has knowingly waived the right to such documents.
  • DOJ may appoint or provide counsel to aliens in any INA proceeding.
  • DHS shall ensure that aliens have access to counsel inside all immigration detention and border facilities.
  • DOJ shall appoint counsel, at government expense if necessary, for an unaccompanied alien child or a particularly vulnerable individual.
  • DHS shall establish a pilot program to increase the court appearance rates of unaccompanied alien children and particularly vulnerable individuals by contracting with nongovernmental, community-based organizations to provide such aliens with case management services.
    Source: Fair Day in Court for Kids Act 16-S2540 on Feb 11, 2016

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