Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami this week for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing President Donald Trump’s administration.
Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities with lofty rhetoric and plenty of knocks on Trump. But many of the candidates have simply scratched the surface of a far deeper issue.
Immigrant advocates worry the Trump administration’s hard-line tactics such as a publicized but later delayed plan for a nationwide sweep to deport people living in the U.S. illegally simply leave Democrats reacting to the White House rather than advancing their own priorities. They hope the debates will be an opportunity for Democrats to own the issue.
Will Weissert, The Associated Press