Progressives and Immigration

One complicated issue tells you a lot about the debate inside the progressive wing of the Democratic Party on the source of migration and whether current immigration policy works. Progressive lawmakers say doing more both to reduce violence, economic instability, and political corruption at home will help people not have to leave their countries in such large numbers. They want more than just enforcement at the borders; they want to address the issues with foreign aid and diplomatic efforts to stabilize the regions.

The fight is but illustrative of a broader party argument between enforcement and humanitarianism. Progressives underline that migrants ought to be treated humanely and the protection of asylum rights, while advocating for reforms to cure core problems within the immigration system: backlogs, and extremely long detention periods, among other problems. Progressives want to get at the root causes of migration to ensure justice and sustainability in immigration policy.

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