Jul 2, 2019

Cory Booker releases immigration reform plan

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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.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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South Korea and Italy see spikes in coronavirus cases

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations, and the U.S. reports a doubling of its confirmed cases to 34 — while noting these are mostly due to repatriated citizens, emphasizing there's no "community spread" yet in the United States.

The big picture: COVID-19 has now killed at least 2,362 people and infected more than 77,000 others, mostly in mainland China. New countries to announce infections recently include Israel and Lebanon, while Iran reported its sixth death from the virus. South Korea's confirmed cases jumped from 204 Friday to 433 on Saturday and Italy's case count rose from 3 to 62 by Saturday.

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America's rundown roads add to farmers' struggles

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American farmers are struggling to safely use the roads that cut through their fields; decades of neglect and lack of funding have made the routes dangerous.

The big picture: President Trump has long promised to invest billions in rural infrastructure, and his latest proposal would allocate $1 trillion for such projects. Rural America, where many of Trump's supporters live, would see a large chunk of that money.