Tom Steyer on Immigration

Democratic Presidential Challenger; CEO


Trump is only against immigration for non-white people

Bernie Sanders: I would restore the DACA program. Trump thinks mistakenly that he is going to win reelection by dividing us up. We are going to win by bringing our people together, black and white and Latino.

Tom Steyer: This president is not against immigration. He's against immigration by non-white people. This is his attempt to divide us on race. Since the very first day he started running for president, he's been vilifying non-white people. He's been trying to inflame his base & scare them that if white people lose control of this country, that they're going to lose control of their lives. As somebody who lives in a majority-minority state, which is California, what he's doing is so wrong on so many different levels. I agree with Sen. Sanders. We have to reframe this argument completely. We have to go back to the idea that every American is worth being a full human being on every right. This is a racial argument by a racist president who's trying to divide us and who's vilifying people.

Source: Newshour/Politico/PBS December Democratic primary debate , Dec 19, 2019

Decriminalize unauthorized border crossings

We don't have to trade border security for compassion -- it's un-American and ineffective. We can have a secure border that is still open for commerce, travel, and legal immigrants. I support decriminalizing unauthorized border crossings. These matters are better handled through civil proceedings.

Ours is a nation of immigrants. This is a nation that leads with compassion and offers opportunity to those willing to do the hard work to build a better America. For America to flourish, this has to be a place where immigrants can flourish too, which is why I support the DREAM Act, a pathway to citizenship for the 11 million undocumented immigrants in America today, would overhaul ICE, and would update our asylum policies to match our values.

Source: USA Today on 2019 Democratic primary , Nov 7, 2019

Trump's border policy is a crime against humanity

Q: LGBT asylum-seekers are being denied parole in detention centers. Two have died in ICE custody due to lack of access to HIV care. At least 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody. What will you do?

STEYER: What we've seen from ICE in terms of inhumanity, this is a perfect example, but it's not the only example. I think it's absolutely critical for the USA to treat people in a humane and decent fashion. It's very obvious that this president and this administration has chosen to not only break the international laws in their treatment of asylum-seekers, but to break the basic laws of humanity. When I think about why I started the "Need to Impeach campaign" two years ago--yeah, he's a criminal; he more than has earned impeachment; but it goes much beyond this, and it goes to exactly this kind of issue. The president of the United States committing crimes against humanity like this, in our name, is something that we should end right now, certainly the first day of my presidency.

Source: CNN LGBT Town Hall , Oct 10, 2019

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2020 Presidential Democratic Primary Candidates:
V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
Rep.Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI)
Sen.Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)
Gov.Deval Patrick (D-MA)
Sen.Bernie Sanders (I-VT)
Sen.Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

2020 GOP and Independent Candidates:
Rep.Justin Amash (Libertarian-MI)
CEO Don Blankenship (C-WV)
Gov.Lincoln Chafee (L-RI)
Howie Hawkins (Green-NY)
Gov.Larry Hogan (R-MD)
Gov.John Kasich (R-OH)
V.P.Mike Pence (R-IN)
Gov.Mark Sanford (R-SC)
CEO Howard Schultz (I-WA)
Pres.Donald Trump (R-NY)
Gov.Jesse Ventura (I-MN)
V.C.Arvin Vohra (Libertarian-MD)
Rep.Joe Walsh (R-IL)
Gov.Bill Weld (L-NY,R-MA)
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2020 Withdrawn Democratic Candidates:
State Rep.Stacey Abrams (D-GA)
Sen.Michael Bennet (D-CO)
Sen.Cory Booker (D-NJ)
Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
Mayor Bill de Blasio (D-NYC)
Rep.John Delaney (D-MD)
Sen.Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
Sen.Mike Gravel (D-AK)
Sen.Kamala Harris (D-CA)
Gov.John Hickenlooper (D-CO)
Gov.Jay Inslee (D-WA)
Mayor Wayne Messam (D-FL)
Rep.Seth Moulton (D-MA)
Rep.Beto O`Rourke (D-TX)
Rep.Tim Ryan (D-CA)
Adm.Joe Sestak (D-PA)
CEO Tom Steyer (D-CA)
Rep.Eric Swalwell (D-CA)
Marianne Williamson (D-CA)
CEO Andrew Yang (D-NY)

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