2020 Democrats are being forced to reckon with a broken, complicated immigration system and offer solutions to a crisis that has become emotionally charged and politically risky, Axios' Stef Kight and Alayna Treene report.
So Axios posed the following question to every 2020 Democratic presidential campaign:
- What would you do for migrant children on Day 1 as president?
The bottom line: There may be solutions to prevent so many migrant kids from coming into custody in the first place, but the answers we received showed the challenges of dealing with the status quo.
- There is broad agreement for ending child separation, but the government has little capacity for detaining or caring for migrant families together.
- Some want to shut down child migrant camps like Homestead in Florida, but the U.S. is already strained for capacity on existing facilities.
- And others want to work to immediately reunite kids with family in the U.S., but the child migrant crisis also includes unaccompanied kids who might not have family or potential guardians in the country.