Beto O’Rourke on Immigration – The New York Times

Leaning on his ties to El Paso, former Representative Beto O’Rourke of Texas has made immigration reform a central pillar of his presidential campaign. His plan seeks to directly undo the work of the Trump administration at the border.

  • A portion of Mr. O’Rourke’s plan focuses on doing away with Mr. Trump’s executive orders and replacing them with his own. For instance, he has said that on the first day of his presidency, he would use executive authority to reunite families, rescind travel bans and require detention only for undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds.

  • His plan also calls on Congress to enact legislation that would create a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented people and rewrite immigration rules to prioritize family unity.

  • He also wants to establish a new community-based visa category and make the naturalization process easier, while also bolstering security at the border in places where trade and travel occur.

  • More broadly, Mr. O’Rourke seeks to strengthen ties to Latin America and focus on supporting democracy and human rights there.