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2020 Democratic candidate Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) released a new immigration plan that focuses on closing down substandard detention facilities and expanding legal rights for undocumented migrants.

The big picture: Booker plans to use executive orders to overhaul the immigration system — the same way President Trump enacted many of his own immigration policies.

Why it matters: The treatment of migrants at detention centers, specifically children, is under intense public scrutiny following reports about dangerous and unsanitary conditions. Booker's plan includes the following steps:

  • Shut down inhumane facilities that do not meet standards set by the American Bar Association.
  • Stop Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids at "sensitive locations," such as schools, medical facilities and places of worship.
  • Eliminate use of for-profit facilities by the Department of Health and Human Services.
  • Expand legal counsel for undocumented immigrants, particularly through the Legal Orientation Program, which seeks to ensure immigrants know their rights when they’re being detained.

The plan also includes a list of Trump policies Booker wants to repeal, as well as old policies he wants to reintroduce.

  • Booker wants to repeal the Remain in Mexico policy, asylum metering, the travel ban and refugee restrictions, and stop construction of the border wall.
  • He wants to bring back protections for recipients of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status, Liberians with Deferred Enforced Departure and to revive the Central American Minors Program, which gave certain minors in El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras the opportunity to be considered for refugee resettlement.
  • Booker will also bring back federal funding for sanctuary cities and raise the refugee cap to 110,000. He also plans to appoint a special envoy at the State Department to focus on the issues that are forcing people to leave their native countries.

Go deeper: Cory Booker on the issues, in under 500 words

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House passes $1.9 trillion COVID relief package

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The House approved President Biden's $1.9 trillion COVID relief package on a 219-212 vote early Saturday morning, sending it to the Senate for a possible rewrite before it gets to Biden's desk.

The big picture: The vote was a critical first step for the package, which includes $1,400 cash payments for many Americans, a national vaccination program, ramped-up COVID testing and contact tracing, state and local funding and money to help schools reopen.

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Biden says it's "not the time to relax" after touring vaccination site

President Biden speaking after visiting a FEMA Covid-19 vaccination facility in Houston on Feb. 26. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Biden said Friday that "it's not the time to relax" coronavirus mitigation efforts and warned that the number of cases and hospitalizations could rise again as new variants of the virus emerge.

Why it matters: Biden, who made the remarks after touring a vaccination site in Houston, echoed CDC director Rochelle Walensky, who said earlier on Friday that while the U.S. has seen a recent drop in cases and hospitalizations, "these declines follow the highest peak we have experienced in the pandemic."

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