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January 28, 2020

Decriminalizing unauthorized border crossing: What the research says
By Denise-Marie Ordway

Most of the top-polling Democratic presidential candidates have said they want to decriminalize improper border crossing. On the other hand, three Democratic candidates — Michael Bennet, Joe Biden and John Delaney — support keeping Section 1325 on the books. Amy Klobuchar said at an event held at The Washington Post last year that she opposes eliminating border crossing penalties, the Post reported. It’s unclear what position, if any, candidates Michael Bloomberg, Tulsi Gabbard and Deval Patrick have taken on the issue. Since the law took effect, the federal government has gone through phases of relaxed and aggressive enforcement. Prosecutions of illegal entry rose sharply under President George W. Bush in 2005 and became even more common during President Barack Obama’s tenure, according to Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse, a research center that tracks cases and activity within U.S. immigration courts.

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