In response to AILA’s Survey, Senator Booker states:
I will fight to make sure that our immigration system treats immigrants with dignity because when people cross borders, they bring their human rights with them. On Day One of my presidency, I will begin to end the abuses of the Trump administration and use my executive authority to reform our immigration system. That starts with ending this administration’s Remain in Mexico and asylum metering policies, increasing the cap on refugees to a minimum of 110,000, and strengthening staffing at the border for interviews for asylum seekers and in-country refugee processing in Central America.
My plan to use executive action to address the crisis at the border would virtually eliminate our nation’s reliance on immigration incarceration, including ending the use of for-profit detention facilities. It would also create a presumption of liberty with a fair and humane bond process that ensures a fair bond hearing and takes into account the immigrant’s ability to pay when setting bond. As president, I will invest in alternatives to detention, including community-based management programs, that are cheaper, more effective and more humane than detention.
As president, I will appoint a Special Envoy at the State Department to lead Administration efforts and focus on the root causes of migration - corruption, violence, poverty, and climate change. Instead of slow-walking and proposing to cut the disbursement of crucial foreign aid funds to address the root causes of migration like the Trump administration has done, I would increase foreign aid to address the root causes of migration by a minimum of $1.5 billion, as outlined in the Central America Reform and Enforcement Act, which I have co-sponsored in the Senate. I would appoint a Special Envoy to focus on and prioritize addressing the root causes of migration by:
- Leading a comprehensive strategy to invest in democratic institutions and reduce corruption
- Reducing violence and crime
- Fighting poverty and supporting economic development
- Recognizing the role of climate change and identifying strategies to mitigate its effects on migration.
In 2019, Sen. Booker cosponsored S. 2113, the Stop Cruelty to Migrant Children Act, which included improvements to asylum case processing. His platform states that he will end the asylum ban, and he signed an August letter opposing the Remain in Mexico Policy. Sen. Booker signed on to an April 5, 2019 letter to President Trump opposing the administration’s funding cuts to the Northern Triangle countries. In 2019, he cosponsored S. 1088, the Guaranteed Refugee Admission Ceiling Enhancement Act, and his campaign website states he supports reinstating the Central American Minors program and increasing the annual U.S. refugee resettlement “cap” to a minimum of 110,000. He also cosponsored S. 1445, the Central America Reform and Enforcement Act of 2019, which would increase refugee resettlement, ensure compliance with the Flores settlement agreement, and improve protections for unaccompanied children.Read More