USA 2020 presidential debate: Joe Biden vows to regularize 11 million immigrants if he becomes president | USA elections

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A group of 'dreamers', leaving the Supreme Court in Washington.SAUL LOEB / AFP

The Democratic presidential candidate, Joe Biden, has promised that he will undertake immigration reform so that 11 million irregular immigrants obtain US citizenship. During the presidential debate on Thursday, Biden launched the ambitious proposal that, he said, would be presented to Congress in the first 100 days of his government. "I am going to send Congress a roadmap to achieve citizenship for 11 million people," he said when asked about the immigration reform that former President Barack Obama left pending.

Biden has admitted that when he became vice president, the issue was not addressed as a priority by the Obama Administration. "We were wrong," he said. He explained that his proposal also seeks to regularize the immigration situation of the so-called dreamers, young people who came to the United States with their parents as children and who have signed up for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. "The dreamers they will be able to stay in this country and will begin a path to citizenship. We owe it to them, ”he added.

During the Obama Administration, nearly three million people were deported. Although Donald Trump's immigration policies have been tougher in recent years, mainly due to the use of the immigration police (ICE), the immigrant population still remembers that former President Obama's promise to begin an immigration reform remained unfulfilled.

Biden's new promise comes two days after it was learned that 545 immigrant children who were separated from their parents in 2017 and 2018 have yet to be reunited with their families. The separation of minors was one of the consequences of President Donald Trump's immigration policy, called “zero tolerance,” which forced the immigration police to detain undocumented immigrants and send them to prison facilities, while minors were led to foster homes or detention centers. Faced with pressure and reports that they were locked in cages, Trump suspended his policy.

“It is something criminal. It makes us the laughing stock of the world and violates all concepts of who we are as a nation, "said Biden during the debate, about the conditions in which these minors are. Of the total number of minors who have not yet been reunited with their parents, some 283 do not have enough information to help locate their families, as reported by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). "We are treating them so well, they are in facilities that are so clean," Trump has defended himself, who has also indicated to the Obama administration to build detention facilities near the border.

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