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BIDEN’S COMMITMENT TO IMMIGRANTS

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THE BIDEN PLAN TO SECURE OUR VALUES AS A NATION OF IMMIGRANTS

In the first 100 days, a Biden Administration:

  • It will immediately reverse the Trump Administration’s cruel and meaningless policies that separate parents from their children at our border, including ending the prosecution of parents for minor immigration violations as a bullying tactic, and will prioritize the reunification of children who are still separated from their families.
  • It will put an end to Trump’s damaging asylum policies. The Statue of Liberty has long been a beacon for people who “yearn to breathe freely” around the world, including asylum seekers and refugees. But the Trump Administration has worked against this tradition to drastically restrict access to asylum in the United States, including imposing additional restrictions on anyone traveling in Mexico or Guatemala; trying to prevent victims of gangs and domestic violence from receiving asylum; systematically prosecute adult asylum seekers for misdemeanors of illegal entry; and severely limit the ability of members of the LGBTQ community, a particularly vulnerable group in many parts of the world, to qualify for asylum as members of a “particular social group.” Biden will end these policies, starting with Trump’s migrant protection protocols, and restore our asylum laws to do what they are designed to do—protect people fleeing persecution and who cannot return home safely.
  • It will put an end to the mismanagement of the asylum system, which fuels violence and chaos at the border. Trump’s disastrous “measurement” policy, which limits the number of asylum applications accepted each day, forces asylum seekers to wait on the streets of often dangerous Mexican border towns for weeks before they are allowed to apply. It has created a horrific ecosystem of violence and exploitation, with posters kidnapping, violently assaulting and extorting migrants. Biden will direct the necessary resources to ensure that asylum applications are processed fairly and efficiently, while treating families and children with compassion and sensitivity.
  • It will increase humanitarian resources at the border and promote public-private initiatives. Humanitarian needs are best met through a network of organizations, such as religious shelters, non-governmental aid organizations, nonprofit legal organizations, and team-working refugee assistance agencies. Biden will dramatically increase U.S. government resources to support migrants waiting to assess their asylum applications and organizations that meet their needs.
  • It will end prolonged detention and reinvest in a case management program. The Trump Administration has tried to circumvent the Flores agreement and keep children detained indefinitely. But proven alternatives to nonprofit detention and case management programs, which support migrants while navigating their legal obligations, are the best way to ensure they attend all required immigration appointments. These programs also allow migrants to live with dignity and safety while they wait for their hearings in court, facilitating things like doctor visits, social services, and school enrollment for children. Evidence shows that these programs are highly effective and far less expensive and punitive than stopping families. Biden will codified protections to safeguard children to ensure that their treatment is consistent with their best interest and will invest in community case management programs, including those backed by religious organizations such as Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services, to move migrants to safe environments as quickly as possible.
  • It will repeal Trump’s public charge rule, which goes against our values as Americans and the history of our nation. Allowing immigration officials to make an individual’s ability to receive a visa or obtain permanent residency dependent on the use of government services, such as SNAP or Medicaid benefits, household income, and other discriminatory criteria, undermines the character of the United States as an open land of opportunity that welcomes all , not just the rich.
  • It will end the so-called National Emergency that diverts federal funding from the Department of Defense to build a wall. Building a wall will do little to deter criminals and cartels seeking to exploit our borders. Instead of stealing school resources for the military’s children and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico, Biden will direct federal resources to smart border control efforts, such as investments to improve review infrastructure at our ports of entry, which will in effect keep the United States safer.
  • It will protect dreamers and their families. The Obama-Biden Administration created DACA in 2012 to protect “dreamers,” undocumented immigrants who were brought to the United States as children, obeyed the law when they got here, and stayed in school or enlisted in the military. DACA provided temporary work permits and deportation protection to young people who passed a background check and application process. The Trump Administration made the cruel and counterproductive decision to end DACA, prompting instability in the lives of millions of dreamers. Dreamers and their parents must have a roadmap to citizenship through immigration reform legislation. But in the meantime, Biden will eliminate the uncertainty of the “dreamers” by resetting the DACA program, and explore all legal options to protect their families from inhuman separation. Biden will also ensure that “dreamers” are eligible for federal student aid (loans, Pell Grants) and are included in their proposals to provide access to debt-free community colleges, and will invest in historically black colleges and universities/institutions that serve Hispanics/institutions serving minorities, which will help “dreamers” contribute even more to our economy.
  • It will rescind travel and anti-American refugee bans, also known as “Muslim prohibitions.” The Trump Administration’s anti-Muslim prejudice harms our economy, betrays our values, and can serve as a powerful terrorist recruitment tool. Banning Muslims from entering the country is morally incorrect, and there is no intelligence or evidence to suggest that this makes our nation safer. It is another abuse of power by the Trump Administration designed to primarily attack black and Latino immigrants. Biden will immediately rescind “Muslim prohibitions.”
  • It will request an immediate review of Temporary Protection Status (TPS) for vulnerable populations that cannot find security in their countries torn apart by violence or disaster. The Trump Administration’s politically motivated decisions to rescind the protection status of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing countries affected by war and natural disasters, regardless of the country’s current conditions, are a recipe for disaster. Biden will protect people with TPS and deferred forced exits (DEDs) from being returned to unsafe countries. People with TPS/DED who have been in the country for an extended period of time and have built lives in the United States will also be offered a path to citizenship through immigration reform legislation.
  • It will restore sensible priorities for law enforcement. Focusing on people who have never been convicted of a felony and who have lived, worked and contributed to our economy and communities for decades is the definition of counterproductive. Biden will direct law enforcement efforts towards threats to public safety and national security, while ensuring that people are treated with the due process to which they are entitled and that their human rights are protected. President Biden will end workplace raids to ensure that threats based on workers’ status do not interfere with their ability to organize and improve their wages and working conditions. It will also protect sensitive locations from actions to enforcement immigration laws. No one should be afraid to seek medical attention, go to school, their work, or their place of worship for fear of immigration action.
  • It will ensure that Immigration and Customs (ICE) staff and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) personnel meet professional standards and be held accountable for inhumane treatment. Biden will increase training resources and require independent transparency and oversight of ICE and CBP activities. Under a Biden Administration, there will be responsible professionals, confirmed by the Senate, who will lead these agencies, and respond directly to the president.
  • It will protect and expand opportunities for people who risk their lives in military service. Biden will not focus on the men and women who served in uniform, or their families, for deportation. He will also order the Secretary of Homeland Security to create a probation process for veterans deported by the Trump Administration to reunite them with their families and military colleagues in the U.S.
  • It will restore and defend the naturalization process for people with the green card. A Biden Administration will streamline and improve the naturalization process to make it more accessible to people with qualified green cards. The Trump Administration has made it too difficult for people with qualifying green cards to get green cards. Simply put, this is wrong. Biden will restore faith in the citizenship process by removing obstacles to naturalization and obtaining the right to vote, addressing the accumulation of applications by prioritizing the workflow of awards and ensuring that applications are processed quickly, and rejecting the imposition of unscrearable fees.
  • It will revitalize the New Americans Working Group and boost our economy by prioritizing integration, promoting immigrant entrepreneurship, increasing access to language teaching, and promoting civil participation. Integrating the talents of new immigrants into our communities and helping them thrive enriches our nation and our economy. Under Biden’s chairmanship, the New Americans Working Group will once again coordinate federal agencies and resources to support the community on a variety of topics, including language learning, entrepreneurship and financial management, workforce training, and guidance on the naturalization process.
  • It will convene a regional meeting of leaders, including El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico and Canada, to address the factors driving migration and propose a regional resettlement solution. Migration outside the Northern Triangle has impacted more countries besides the U.S. Belize, Costa Rica, Mexico, and others have also seen an increasing number of people fleeing violence and lack of opportunity. A regional problem requires a regional solution, so Biden will immediately convene regional partners to institute a comprehensive and multinational plan to address the challenges.

Modernize the U.S. immigration system

  • As president, Biden will commit significant political capital to finally pass legislation for immigration reform to ensure that the United States remains open and welcomes people from all over the world, and to remove from the shadows working people who have enriched our communities and our country, in some cases for decades. This not only concerns Latino communities, but affects families of all backgrounds and backgrounds. There are approximately 1.7 million undocumented immigrants from Asia in the U.S., as well as hundreds of thousands of people from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and the Caribbean. Biden will immediately begin work with Congress to modernize our system, with the priority of keeping families together by providing a roadmap to citizenship for nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants; growing our economy and expanding economic opportunities across the country by improving and increasing legal immigration opportunities; and preserve the old directive of our immigration system to bring families together and increase our diversity.
  • Immigrants are essential to the strength of our country and the economy of the United States. When immigrants choose to come to the United States, they bring their unique traditions and contributions to our country’s rich cultural tapestry. They are also a key driver of economic growth. The Congressional Budget Office found that comprehensive immigration legislation in 2013 would have increased the size of the economy by more than 5 percent over time. Today, we are not leveraging America’s ability to attract the world’s best and brightest workers. A modern immigration system must allow our economy to grow, while protecting the rights, wages, and working conditions of all workers, and accountable to employers if they do not comply with the rules. Immigrant rights and workers’ rights are deeply connected. We must ensure that all workers are protected, can join a trade union and can exercise their labour rights, regardless of their immigration status, for the safety of all workers.

Joe Biden will work with Congress to pass legislation that:

  • Create a roadmap to citizenship for the nearly 11 million people who have been living in our country and strengthening it for years. These are our mothers, fathers, brothers and sisters. They are our neighbors, co-workers and members of our congregations and small league teams. They contribute in countless ways to our communities, workforce and economy. In 2015, the IRS raised $23.6 billion from 4.4 million workers without Social Security numbers, many of whom were undocumented. Biden will aggressively advocate legislation that creates a clear roadmap to legal status and citizenship for unauthorized immigrants who register, keep up with their taxes, and have passed a background check.
  • Reform the visa program for temporary workers in select industries. A set of industries depends on temporary workers, or workers who are only looking to be in the United States for a short time. The current system for accommodating these workers is cumbersome, bureaucratic and uncompromising: it increases incentives to circumvent the system by hiring undocumented workers and allows employers who control the visa to pay artificially low wages. Biden will work with Congress to reform the current system of temporary work visas to allow workers in these select industries to change jobs, while certifying the need in the labour market for foreign workers. Employers should be able to provide data showing the unavailability of labor and the harm it would result if temporary workers were unavailable. This flexibility, along with strong safeguards requiring employers to pay a fair estimate of current wages and guarantee the right of all workers to join a union and exercise their labor rights, will help meet the needs of employers in the nation, maintain higher wages for both American and foreign workers , encourage workers and employers to operate within legal channels, prevent the exploitation of temporary workers and boost local economies.
  • Reform the temporary visa system. Highly qualified temporary visas should not be used in order to discourage the recruitment of workers who are already in the United States for high-demand occupations. An immigration system that displaces highly skilled workers in favor of only basic-level wages and skills threatens America’s innovation and competitiveness. Biden will work with Congress to first reform temporary visas to establish a wage-based allocation process and establish en implementation mechanisms to ensure that they are aligned with the labor market and are not used to undermine wages. Biden will then support the expansion of the number of highly qualified visas and the elimination of employment-based visa limits by country, creating unacceptably long delays.
  • Provide a path to legalization for farmworkers who have worked for years on farms in the United States and continue to work in agriculture. Ensuring adequate and seasonal support in the agricultural sector can be inefficient and difficult to navigate, making people avoid or exploit the system, even when jobs remain uncovered. Biden supports consensus legislation between agricultural workers and the agricultural sector that will provide legal status based on previous agricultural work history, and a faster path to a green card and ultimately citizenship. Biden will also ensure that labour and safety standards are applied, including overtime pay, human living conditions and pesticide protection and heat exposure, with respect to these particularly vulnerable workers.
  • Reject the false choice between employment and family immigration. Every day, in every state in the country, millions of immigrants who are granted a visa for their family ties make valuable contributions to our country and economy. Keeping families together and allowing eligible immigrants to join their U.S. relatives on U.S. territory is vitally important, but the current system is poorly designed, with country limits that prevent applications from being approved in a timely manner. That means approved applicants can wait decades to reunite with their families. As president, Biden will support immigration by the family by preserving family unification as the basis of our immigration system; by allowing any approved applicant to receive a temporary non-immigrant visa until the permanent visa is processed; and by supporting legislation that treats the spouse and children of people with the green card as the immediate relatives they are, exempting them from the limits and allowing parents to bring their minor children at the time of immigration.
  • Preserve diversity preferences in the current system. Trump has set out to abolish the Diversity Visa lottery. This is a program that brings up to 50,000 immigrants from underrepresented countries to the United States each year. He has despised the system as a “horror show” and repeatedly misrepresents how the lottery is administered, while demonizing and insulting those who receive visas with racist connotations. Diversity preferences are essential to preserving a robust and vibrant immigration system. As president, Biden will reaffirm our core values and preserve the critical role of diversity preferences to ensure immigrants everywhere have the opportunity to legally become U.S. citizens.
  • Increase the number of visas offered for permanent employment immigration according to macroeconomic conditions. Currently, the number of employment visas is limited to 140,000 each year, without the ability to respond to the state of the labor market or the demands of the nation’s employers. As president, Biden will work with Congress to increase the number of visas granted for permanent immigration for employment, and promote mechanisms to temporarily reduce the number of visas in times of high unemployment in the United States. Recent graduates of STEM doctoral programs in STEM fields in the United States, who are prepared to make some of the most important contributions to the global economy, will also be exempt from any limit. Biden believes that foreign graduates of a U.S. doctoral program should receive a green card with their degree and that losing these highly skilled workers in foreign economies is detrimental to our own economic competitiveness.
  • Create a new visa category to allow cities and counties to apply for higher levels of immigrants to support their growth. The disparity in economic growth between U.S. cities, and between rural communities and urban areas, is one of the major imbalances in today’s economy. Some cities and many rural communities struggle with declining populations, erosion of economic opportunities, and local businesses facing unique challenges. Others simply struggle to attract a productive workforce and innovative entrepreneurs. As president, Biden will support a program to allow any county or municipal executive in a county or city large or medium-sized city to apply for additional immigrant visas to support the region’s economic development strategy, provided employers in those regions certify that jobs are available, and that there are no workers to fill them out. Holders of these visas would be required to work and reside in the city or county that applied for them, and would be subject to the same certification protections as other immigrants for employment.
  • Apply the rules to protect American and foreign workers equally. The U.S. immigration system must protect against wage cuts in the economy due to the exploitation of foreign workers by unscrupulous employers who undermine the system by hiring immigrant workers below the market rate, or finding workers outside the immigration system. Biden will work with Congress to ensure that employers do not take advantage of immigrant workers and that U.S. citizen workers are not undervalued by non-compliant employers. Biden will also work to ensure that employers have the right tools to certify the employment situation of their workers and will restore the focus on abusive employers rather than vulnerable workers they are exploiting.
  • Expand protections for undocumented immigrants reporting labor violations. When undocumented immigrants are victims of felonies and assist in the investigation of such crimes, they are eligible for U visas. The Obama-Biden Administration extended the U visa program to certain crimes in the workplace. As president, Biden will further extend these protections to victims of any violation of federal, state, or local workplace labor laws by ensuring the passage of the POWER Act. And, a Biden Administration will ensure that workers on temporary visas are protected so that they can exercise the labor rights to which they are entitled.
  • Increase visas for survivors of domestic violence. Under the Trump Administration, there are unacceptable delays in processing the award of VAWA self-petition applications, U visas and T visas. As president, Biden will end these delays and give victims the security and certainty they need. And Biden will triple the current limit of 10,000 U visas; this limit is insufficient to meet the serious needs of victims and hinders our public safety.

It will welcome immigrants into our communities

  • Immigrants bring enormous economic, cultural and social value to their new communities. Even in cities affected by job losses in manufacturing, immigrants are a key driver of entrepreneurship and population growth.
  • According to a 2017 New American Economy report, from 2000 to 2015, immigrants accounted for 49.7% of all population growth in the Great Lakes region, more than 1.5 million people, helping to offset the impacts of population decline in cities such as Syracuse and Akron. Immigrants are bringing new life to local economies, starting business, paying taxes and spending their dollars on their new communities. The Center for American Progress has estimated that DACA beneficiaries will contribute approximately $460.3 billion to national gross domestic product over the next decade. The United States needs to retain the talent and drive of dreamers raised in the United States to ensure those benefits for our own economic health.
  • It is time for the federal government to hear and learn from local municipalities across the country that have built vibrant and inclusive communities and economies by developing concrete policies and recommendations for base programs to provide opportunities for new immigrants.

As president, Biden:

  • He will lead federal resources, through the restoration of the New Americans Working Group, to support community efforts to welcome immigrants. Concrete efforts will most often happen in individual communities, but federal agencies have an enormous amount of information and resources to support community-led efforts. By adopting initiatives promoted by organizations such as Welcoming America, a Biden Administration will improve access to federal agencies and better support local initiatives, such as:
  • Establish Immigrant Affairs Offices in town halls, or at the county and state level, so that local government officials are focused on making policies inclusive;
  • Create resource centers in neighborhoods or welcome centers to help all residents find work; access to English language learning services and opportunities; and navigate the school system, the health care system and other important facets of daily life;

Support incubators of entrepreneurs aimed at immigrants and provide resources to help access commercial loans, counseling and capital;

  • Promote state bilingual literacy stamps to recognize high school graduates who speak multiple languages;
  • Promote campaigns to help legal permanent residents naturalize;
  • Facilitate state efforts to reduce barriers to licensing professional degrees and certifications from other countries;

Increase the representation of immigrants on community boards;

  • Ensure that all public schools have sufficient support for English language learning to help all children reach their potential; and Invest in programs to connect immigrant professionals with others in your field or create cultural events and other programming to build social capital in immigrant communities.
  • It will push to repeal extreme anti-immigrant state laws that have a daunting effect on the ability of immigrants who are victims of domestic violence, survivors of sexual assault, and other victims of crime to seek safety and justice. Some state laws take victims and witnesses into the shadows and threaten public safety. As documented in a recent national survey, immigrant victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and human trafficking are increasingly afraid to contact the police, take civil or criminal cases, or go to court to seek safety. This traps victims who seek help and are at risk of deportation, face retaliation by an abuser and the separation of their children, or stay with a violent partner and risk their lives. As president, Biden will work in collaboration with cities, states, nonprofits, and law enforcement to build trust and pressure states to dereact laws that discourage reporting incidents of domestic violence and threaten public safety.
  • It will extend late rights to agricultural and domestic workers. When Congress extended labor rights and protections to workers, agricultural workers and domestic workers, who are disproportionately immigrants and people of color, were excluded. Even today, millions of these workers are not fully protected by federal labor law. As president, Biden will support legislation, including the Agricultural Workers Equity Act and the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, which extends federal protections to agricultural and domestic workers, ensuring that they too have the right to basic workplace protections and to organize and bargain collectively. And, through the Domestic Workers’ Bill of Rights, Biden will ensure that domestic workers have a voice in the workplace through a wage and standards board.

Reaffirm U.S. commitment to asylum seekers and refugees

  • The Trump Administration’s policies have created a humanitarian disaster on our border and have terribly mismanaged the unprecedented resources that Congress has allocated to it. Trump has diverted money to terrorize immigrant families, even when CBP facilities at the border are overwhelmed. After nearly three years, this Administration does not yet have a coherent plan for the protection and processing of children and families. CBP field officers, who are not trained or equipped for this work, are taking on a massive responsibility to manage this crisis. And through his Migrant Protection Protocol policies, Trump has effectively shut down our country to asylum seekers, forcing them to choose between waiting in dangerous situations, vulnerable to exploitation by cartels and others with ill intent, or risking attempting to cross between ports of entry. In other words, Trump’s policies are actually encouraging people to cross irregularly, rather than legally, securely and orderly requesting at ports.

As president, Biden:

  • Asylum officers will increase to efficiently review recent border crossing cases and maintain cases with positive findings of credible fear in the Asylum Division. This change, recommended by the Migration Policy Institute, a non-partisan entity, will eliminate duplication of resources and investigations while reviewing the merits of asylum cases and ease the burden on overcrowded immigration courts. Not everyone who leaves Central America is asylum seekers, but many are, and each case must be reviewed fairly and in accordance with the law. Migrants who qualify for an asylum application will be admitted to the country through an orderly and resource-connected process that will help them take care of themselves. Migrants who do not qualify will have the opportunity to file their claim with an immigration judge, but if they cannot satisfy the court, the government will help facilitate their successful reintegration into their home countries.
  • Restore asylum eligibility for domestic violence survivors. Under the Biden Administration, the U.S. Department of Justice will restore explicit asylum protections, rescinded by the Trump Administration, for survivors of domestic violence and sexual violence whose governments of origin cannot protect them or will not protect them.
  • It will apply U.S. asylum laws to those fleeing political persecution. Victims of political belief-based persecution have also suffered due to Trump’s restriction of asylum processes and his inability to properly enforce U.S. asylum laws.
  • It will double the number of immigration judges, court staff and interpreters. There is an accumulation of more than a million immigration cases in the administrative system, which causes applicants to often wait years before their cases are heard. This increase in the staffing of vital immigration courts will support the timely and fair award of asylums and other cases.
  • It will put an end to for-profit detention centres. No business should benefit from the suffering of desperate people fleeing violence. Biden will ensure that facilities temporarily house migrants seeking asylum meet the highest standards of care and prioritize the safety and dignity of families, especially.
  • The number of refugees who will be welcome in the country will increase. With more than 70 million displaced people in today’s world, this is a moment that demands American leadership. Providing hope and shelter to refugees is part of who we are as a country. As a senator, Joe Biden co-sponsored legislation that creates our refugee program, which Trump has consistently decimated. His administration reduced the refugee resettlement limit to its lowest levels in decades and closed the door to thousands of people suffering persecution, many of whom face threats of violence or even death in their home countries. We cannot mobilize other countries to meet their humanitarian obligations if we do not stand up for our most cherished democratic values and strongly reject Trump’s rhetoric and nattivist actions. Biden embraces the core values that have made us who we are and will prioritize restoring refugee admissions in line with our historical practice in both Democratic and Republican administrations. It will set the annual global refugee admission limit to 125,000, and try to increase it over time according to our responsibility, values and unprecedented global need.

Address the root causes of migration

  • The worst place to deal with irregular migration is at our own border. Instead of working in cooperation with countries in the region to manage the crisis, Trump’s erratic approach is only making things worse. The best way to solve this challenge is to address the underlying violence, instability and lack of opportunities that force people to leave their homes in the Northern Triangle countries of El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras in the first place. As vice president, Biden was the architect of a major U.S. assistance program to advance reforms in Central America and address key factors driving migration.

As President, Biden will adopt a comprehensive strategy to strengthen central America’s security and prosperity in an alliance with the peoples of the regionthat:

  • Address the root causes of migration by fostering greater security, economic development and respect for the rule of law in Central America. The Northern Triangle is divided by violence, plagued by drug trafficking and a prisoner of fear of criminal organizations handling weapons for military use, and is particularly dangerous for women and children. Biden will propose a four-year, $4 billion assistance package for the region, with help from governments in the region that offers measurable reductions in gang and gender violence, improvements in legal and educational systems, and the implementation of anti-corruption measures, among other things. This support will also be complemented by international donors and regional partners.
    
  • Strengthen regional humanitarian responses. The inability of Northern Triangle countries to stop violence and terror in the region has created a regional challenge for refugees. Almost every country in the region receives refugees and fights to protect and care for children and families. As leaders in the region, the United States has a responsibility to help our neighbors and partners prosecute and support refugees and asylum seekers. This will also help relieve pressure at our own border.
  • Manage migration through refugee resettlement and other legal programs. Where possible, we must allow asylum seekers to file their claim without embarking on the dangerous journey to the U.S. Biden will update the Central American juvenile program for certain children seeking to meet with U.S. relatives, allowing them to apply from their home countries; expand efforts to register and prosecute refugees in the region for resettlement in the United States and other countries; and expand opportunities for people seeking temporary worker visas or other form of legal status for which they may qualify to be able to come to the U.S.

Implement an effective border review

  • Like all nations, the U.S. has the right and duty to secure our borders and protect our people from threats. But we know that immigrants and immigrant communities are not a threat to our security, and the government should never use xenophobia or scare tactics to scare voters and gain political advantage. It’s irresponsible and un-American. Building a wall from one “radiant sea to the other” is not a serious political solution, it is a waste of money and diverts critical resources from real threats. Today, illicit drugs are more likely to smuggle through one of america’s legal ports of entry. They hide among the commercial cargo in semi-trailer trucks or in a hidden compartment in a passenger vehicle. A wall is not a severe deterrent for sophisticated criminal organizations that use border tunnels, semi-submersible vessels and aerial technology to overcome physical barriers at the border, or even for people with an alternating saw.
  • We need smart, sensible policies that really strengthen our ability to detect these real threats by improving detection procedures at our legal ports of entry and investing in new technologies. The U.S.-Mexico border should not be treated as a war zone; it should be a place where governance and effective cooperation between our two countries helps our communities thrive and grow together, facilitating trade and connection, and fueling the exchange of cultures and ideas.

As president, Biden:

  • You’ll invest in better technology along with border privacy protections, both at and between ports of entry, including cameras, sensors, large-scale x-ray machines, and fixed towers. Biden will also invest heavily in improving outdated infrastructure at all of our ports of entry.
    
  • It will improve inter-agency collaboration. Multiple federal agencies collect information about transnational criminal organizations that traffic illegal people, weapons, and narcotics. To more effectively combat the trafficking of illicit goods at ports of entry, in accordance with our commitment to privacy, we must improve our coordination between government agencies.

  • He will work with Mexico and Canada as partners, not adversaries. Better cooperation with our neighbors translates into greater security for all our countries. Instead of intimidating our friends, Biden will create partnerships based on respect for our common interests and improve our shared capabilities and information.
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