US Elections 2020: Joe Biden and Donald Trump stance on immigration and undocumented immigrants

Immigration becomes one of the most important issues as election day nears closer. Presidential candidates have differently opinionated views on immigration policy.

The Trump administration has had a very prominent role in immigration policy. The first and most important policy the Republican presidential nominee, President Donald Trump, implemented after winning the presidency was the wall between Mexico and the US border.  He also issued a ban,  which went through many iterations in court. on entries to the country from Muslim populous countries for 90 days, according to a CNN report. His 2018 policy initiated the zero-tolerance policy which dictated criminal prosecution for adults who crossed the border Mexican-US border. This, in turn, resulted in families getting being separated at the border with parents detained. After the First Lady and his wife, Mrs. Melania Trump, opposed the law, families had to be identified and reunified. Trump’s immigration policy also seeks to stop the controversial chain immigration, where sponsorship to spouses and minor children is strictly prohibited. He adopted the merit-based immigration system instead. He also established a point-based system for green card holders. Trump also ended the Obama-era protections for undocumented immigrant children.

Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden is differently opinionated when it comes to immigration. Biden supports the prospect of undocumented immigrants gaining citizenship, which the Trump agenda opposes. He further called the Congress to grant immediate citizenship to undocumented immigrants. During the first Democratic presidential debate in June, Biden said that the undocumented immigrants, should in the very least, not be deported. Biden also opposed the zero-tolerance, initiated by Trump. “I think people should have to get in line, but if people are coming because they’re actually seeking asylum, they should have a chance to make their case,” he said at an interview with CNN last year in July.

Donald Trump received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania. He was born on June 14, 1946, and is married to Melania Trump. He has five children: Donald Jr., Ivanka, Eric, Tiffany, and Barron. Joe Biden received his Law Degree from Syracuse University Law. He was born on November 20, 1942, and is married to Jill Biden. He has five children: Beau, Naomi, Hunder, and Ashley.