Of the 10 Democratic candidates running for the president debating Tuesday, seven would legalize crossing the border illegally.
In the debate broadcast on CNN, Senator Elizabeth Warren responded to a question from the host by stating that she would decriminalize illegal border crossings.
“The point is not about criminalization. That has given Donald Trump the tool to break families apart,” she said. “One way to fix it is to decriminalize. That’s the whole point,” the senator said.
According to Warren, immigration law is the law that allows children to end up separated from their parents.
This, in fact, is what President Trump has been saying since January 2017 and why he is asking Democrats to sit down and negotiate a new regulation.
“I’ve been down to the border. I have seen the mothers. I have seen the cages of babies. We must be a country that every day lives our values,” the senator said, referring to the facilities that, in fact, were created in Obama’s era and of which, to date, she has not shown photos.
In a debate held in June, nine of the ten candidates in that session declared that they would decriminalize illegal crossings.
However, in the July 30 debate, three of them have disassociated themselves from this proposal: Representative Tim Ryan (D-Ohio), former Representative Robert “Beto” O’Rourke (D-Texas) and Montana Governor Steve Bullock.
For his part, candidate Bernie Sanders went a step further and said he will also provide all undocumented immigrants with free health care and college education.
“Why won’t this drive even more people to come to the U.S. illegally?” the host asked.
“Because we’ll have strong border protections,” Sanders replied without specifying what protections they would be, given that he has opposed the construction of the border wall proposed by Trump.
According to a Marist Poll survey, 54% of Americans believe that providing free health care to immigrants is not a good idea.
As for decriminalizing border crossings, only 27% of citizens think it should be done, while 87% of Republicans, 45% of Democrats and 68% of independents think it is a bad idea.