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Immigration advocates hope for reform after Biden election

Posted at 5:56 AM, Nov 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-10 09:20:17-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- San Diego immigration advocates say they are feeling a sense of hope after the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.

"I was definitely hopeful that, once again, we’ll have a process of consulting with an administration that wants to do something in regards to immigration versus what I would describe as an iron fist against anyone who’s coming into the country," says Pedro Rios, the director of the American Friends Service Committee.

President-elect Biden has already shared some of his immigration related plans once he takes office. Biden has vowed to reinstate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for children brought to the U.S. by their parents.

The former vice president has also said he plans to halt funding for the border wall and reverse the Migrant Protection Protocols, allowing asylum seekers to wait in the United States, instead of Mexico, until their asylum case is heard.

During the last presidential debate, Biden also promised a pathway to citizenship during his first 100 days in office.

Rios says the passing of that plan would depend on who controls the senate come January.

"If the Republican Party wants to remain relevant and go back to some of the values that they uphold, they will need to have a bipartisan agreement," says Rios.