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Joe Biden and Jo Jorgensen’s Stances on Immigration

August 27, 2020

By Elaina Smith


2020 will be an election year that will go down in history. Republican candidate Donald Trump’s stances on immigration are very well known, and many feel that they are harmful and unproductive to the immigrant community. Democratric candidate Joe Biden  and Libertatian candidate  Jo Jorgensen  share similar viewpoints on how immigration should be addressed in America.  However, because of their partisan differences, Jorgensen is a proponent of solutions that will not involve the government while Biden is willing to spend tax dollars on making America a better place for immigrants. 


Joe Biden on Immigration

Joe Biden is the Democratic nominee in the 2020 election. He served as Barack Obama’s vice president from 2009-2016. According to his campaign website, Biden's platform revolves around building a better America and undoing many policies that Trump has put into place over the last four years. According to his campaign website, his goal is to “...rebuild the backbone of America: The Middle Class (1).” 


As for immigration, he plans to reverse many Trump-era policies, such as separating children from their parents at the border, the way the asylum system is set up, and put more resources into helping immigrants and their families have better lives in America (2). 


Here are the highlights of Biden’s stances on immigration: 


  • It should be made easier for immigrants to obtain citizenship/come to America legally. 
  • The government should no longer be funding the wall at the southern border. 
  • The United States should not ban people from entering the country based on their religious beliefs. 
  • Undocumented immigrants should have access to government-subsidized healthcare only if their life is at risk.
  • The children of undocumented immigrants should be considered U.S. citizens if they were born in the U.S..
  • Immigrants should not be deported if they commit a serious crime. 
  • Immigrants should not be required to learn English.
  • It should be easier for immigrants to obtain work visas.
  • Immigrants should be able to have dual citizenship unless they have committed a crime (3).


Jo Jorgensen on Immigration

Jo Jorgensen is the Libertarian nominee in the 2020 presidential election. Her biggest focus is on limiting the government’s involvement in many aspects of our society, including immigration. She believes that Biden and Trump both represent “big government,” and that there should be an alternative, third party choice. As a Liberatarian, her goal is to make the government smaller. 


Jorgensen is against the more controversial stances on immigration such as building a wall along the southern border or having local law enforcement send undocumented immigrants to federal detention centers. She believes that there should be less government involvement in the immigration process (4). 


Here are the highlights of Jorgensen’s stances on immigration:

 

  • The government should no longer be funding the wall at the southern border.
  • The United States should not ban people from entering the country based on their religious beliefs. 
  • Undoucmented immigrants should not receive government-subsidized healthcare, but there should not be subsidized healthcare to begin with. 
  • The children of undocumented immigrants should be considered US citizens if they were born in the US. 
  • If an undocumented immigrant commits a serious crime, they should be deported after they serve their sentence. 
  • It should be easier for immigrants to obtain work visas.
  • Immigrants should be able to hold dual citizenship unless they commit an act of terrorism. 


For more information on Joe Biden and Jo Jorgensen’s policies, please visit their campaign websites. 


Notes:

  1. Joe Biden presidential campaign, 2020. (Ballotpedia, 2020.)
  2. Biden’s Campaign Team, The Biden Plan For Securing Our Values As A Nation Of Immigrants. (JoeBiden.com, 2020.)
  3. Joe Biden’s policies on immigration issues. (ISideWith.com, 2020.) 
  4. Jo Jorgensen presidential campaign, 2020. (Ballotpedia, 2020.)

Jo Jorgensen’s policies on immigration issues. (ISideWith.com, 2020.)

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