Completely closing migrant detention centers now at the forefront of 2020 contest

The bitter fight over how best to enforce America’s longstanding immigration laws has been at the forefront of American politics for months on end, but the coming 2020 election has now supercharged the debate.

With 20-some democratic candidates still vying for their party’s nomination, the rhetoric surrounding our nation’s migrant detention centers has turned fully vitriolic, after an influx of immigrants have streamed into the nation via well-organized and massive “caravans”.  These enormous crowds have overwhelmed US immigration authorities, which, in turn, has created a firestorm of controversy as to how best to hold and process these would-be Americans.

On the far left, talk of “concentration camps” has been popular, if only for the Twitter attention that such denigrating and deleterious drivel kickstarts.

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Candidates looking to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 election are taking their positions to the extreme this week.

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A growing number of Democratic presidential candidates are calling for the closure of migrant detention centers at the border, marking the 2020 field’s latest shift to the left on immigration.

The candidates largely cite the Trump administration’s practice of family separations—a policy that mostly ended last year—in arguing that at least privately run detention centers need to be shuttered.

Former Vice President Joe Biden, who remains the front-runner in the Democratic field, became the latest to endorse the call last week.

When asked at a campaign stop in Rock Hill, S.C., how he would improve migrant detention centers, he replied: “Close them down… By the way, we don’t need them!”

Biden wasn’t the only one, of course.

Other presidential hopefuls, like Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., have also called for the closure of private detention centers, proposing alternatives for holding migrants.

“Bernie will order an immediate moratorium on private immigration detention centers and immediately begin the process of closing them,” Sanders’ spokeswoman Sarah Ford told Fox News in an email. “He will order a review of the standards for facilities that house children and immediately connect children to sponsors and supports.”

Even low-polling progressive Cory Booker has intimated his belief that phasing out the centers would be part of his administration’s agenda.

The Department of Homeland Security has characterized the situation on the southern border as a “full blown crisis”, complicating the liberal outlook on the matter, as Border Patrol and other related agencies struggle to cope with the extraordinary increase in asylum seekers entering the United States illegally.

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