Cory Booker Wants to Eliminate Immigration Detention and End the Crisis at the Border

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Newark, NJ — Tonight on the debate stage, Cory Booker denounced the Trump administration’s inhumane and cruel immigration policy and highlighted executive actions he will take beginning on day one of his presidency to virtually eliminate immigration detention and put an end to the humanitarian crisis at the border and in detention centers across the country.

Beginning on day one of his presidency, Cory Booker will use his executive authority to reform our immigration system by:
Restoring and expanding protections for as many Dreamers as possible, their families, individuals with Temporary Protected Status, and those with Deferred Enforced Departure status.

Shutting down inhumane facilities and require all facilities to meet high standards, and face new accountability and public transparency requirements.

Phasing out contracting with private prison facilities and county or local prisons.

Ending abusive detention conditions and unnecessary delays for children and families to be released from detention.

Creating a presumption of liberty for immigrants by reforming the bond process in immigration court.

Expanding access to legal counsel for all immigrants, starting with immigrant children.

Reversing President Trump’s “zero-tolerance” policy and direct U.S. attorneys to deprioritize improper entry prosecutions across the U.S., unless an individual poses a public safety risk.

Stopping the practice of terrorizing immigrants in their homes and communities by reforming ICE and CBP practices and increasing accountability.

Revoking the orders against sanctuary cities and interior enforcement.

Expanding pathways for refugees and those seeking asylum, including ending the Remain in Mexico policy and asylum metering, and increasing the cap on refugees to a minimum of 110,000.

Taking steps to end the backlog of immigration cases by undoing Department of Justice policies that have contributed to the backlog like case quotas.

Reinstating and expanding the Central American Minors Program to allow more children and their families to apply for asylum in their home countries.

Rescinding the proposed public charge rule that targets immigrant families.

Focusing on the root causes of migration by using the full power of our diplomatic tools to address the root causes of migration.
Cory has seen firsthand the impact of Trump’s immigration policies. Earlier this month, Cory traveled to El Paso, TX in an effort facilitated by the immigrants rights group Families Belong Together. Cory crossed into Ciudad de Juarez, Mexico, where he met a group of migrants preparing to declare asylum upon crossing the US/Mexican border.

Cory personally accompanied the asylum-seekers as they crossed the border and declared asylum at a US port of entry. Cory observed the crossing, their interactions with federal immigration authorities, and the disastrous impact of President Trump’s cruel immigration policy as the migrants attempted to avoid the so-called Migrant Protection Protocols (MPP) implemented by the Trump administration.

And as mayor, Cory took steps to protect the safety and well-being of all of his city’s residents, and in the Senate, Cory has fought to end the costly, cruel, and unnecessary mass detention of immigrants and immigrant families, reform immigration enforcement, and to address the root causes of the current migration crisis.