Just over a week ago, Vermont Senator and presidential candidate Bernie Sanders tweeted a sad Thanksgiving message reminding voters that thanks to immigration policies in the U.S., not all families get to spend Thanksgiving together. Sanders had just released an immigration plan two days prior to the tweet, which calls for policies that reform detention programs and deportation, welcome immigrants into our country, and provide a “legislative roadmap to citizenship” for immigrants. According to the article at Bustle.com, there are currently 11 million undocumented immigrants in the United States.
Sanders’ plan supports uniting families instead of tearing them apart. According to his website, Sanders believes we are a nation of immigrants. As the son of an immigrant, Sanders’ father came to the U.S. from Poland, completely broke. Sanders says that his family’s story is an example of the story of America, one in which families come to the U.S. to work hard and provide a better future and freedom for their children. In his plan, Sanders wants to bring back undocumented immigrants who have been deported if they have immediate family living in the country; this is according to USA Today.
Sanders’ plan includes six specific reforms designed to assist immigrants, which some have called radical. Among these reforms Sanders wants to respect local communities while making certain our border remains secure, dismantle detention centers and deportation programs which he calls “inhumane,” help the 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. obtain citizenship via a fair and swift legislative roadmap, and reverse the criminalization of immigrants while making access to justice easier.