How Major Candidates in Both Parties Stand on D&I Issues
Compiled by Members of the Inclusion Allies Coalition Advocacy Committee: Barbara Frankel, Mishel Horta, Miriam Muley, and Steve Hanamura
Candidate: Joe Biden
Immigration = DACA, Illegal Entry, The Wall
He would roll back Trump administration immigration policies, including forcing migrant families to wait in dangerous areas of Mexico during their cases and limiting the number of asylum seekers who can apply for protection along the border. He would also reinstate DACA. He would not decriminalize unauthorized border crossings. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/11/us/politics/joe-biden-immigration.html
He promises to fully fund within 10 years the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act to provide 40 percent of the extra cost of special education. He also advocates for Medicaid support for home and long-term care and tax relief for others funding long-term care.https://joebiden.com/disabilities/
Biden wants to invest $20 billion in rural broadband infrastructure and ensure that the work of installing broadband provides high-paying jobs with benefits. He also wants to enact a national strategy to develop a low-carbon manufacturing sector in every state, boosting access to new technologies and skills. https://joebiden.com/infrastructure/
Veterans Biden, whose son deployed in Iraq, has been a long-time champion of veterans’ rights. He has made veteran housing and employment, as well as suicide prevention, a focus of his campaign. He also advocates expanding the Affordable Health Care Act to provide “world-class benefits” to veterans and restructuring the Veterans Administration. https://joebiden.com/veterans/
Citing his own family’s history as immigrants and the immigrant diversity of his hometown of South Bend, IN., the former mayor has a four-part plan on immigration—including modernizing the system to reflect economic and humanitarian needs, protecting the border as well as new arrrivals there, and being more globally friendly.https://peteforamerica.com/policies/immigration/
A veteran of Afghanistan, he recently won the support of votevets.org and is considered a strong advocate for veterans’ issues.
Candidate: Amy Klobuchar
Immigration=DACA, Illegal Entry, The Wall
She supports a path to citizenship for Dreamers brought to the U.S. as children covered by the DACA program. She has said she would consider backing border wall funding as part of a broader bill to push citizenship for some undocumented immigrants. www.politico.com
She advocates more study of reparations, as this year marks the 400th anniversary of the arrival of enslaved Africans in the United States. She co-sponsored a bill in the Senate to form a commission to define reparations and suggest the form of compensation. www.politico.com
The former prosecutor from heavily white Minnesota has said she dramatically reduced black incarceration but those figures have been disputed. www.washingtonpost.com
She supported the Equality Act of 2017 to make LGBT Americans a protected class as well as legislation to prohibit sexual-identity discrimination in schools. www.urbanmilwaukee.com
Health care – mental care/disability
Klobuchar, who has a child with a disability and relatives with addiction issues, has been recognized as an ally of people with disabilities, including support for all major legislation helping them. In May, she released a $100 billion plan to fight drug and alcohol addiction and improve mental health care. www.therespectabiltyreport.org and www.nytimes.com
Sanders supports DACA and DAPA and will expand and fully implement these programs if elected. He says he would ensure that the 85 percent of those undocumented immigrants who have lived, worked, and contributed in America for five or more years can live their life without fear of deportation.
Sanders will address structural racism through physical, political, legal, economic and environmental change. He would confront inequities in the prison system, raise the minimum wage to $15.00, guarantee health care for all, support public colleges, universities and HBCUs, and reinstate the Voting Rights Act. https://berniesanders.com/issues/racial-justice/
He would pass the Equality Act and the Every Child Deserves a Family Act to prohibit LGBTQ+discrimination, ensure comprehensive health insurance without discrimination from providers, advance policies to ensure students can attend school without fear of bullying, and work to substantially reduce suicides.https://berniesanders.com/issues/lgbtq-equality/
Sanders would address wage gaps and build a stronger middle class by removing barriers to career advancement women face, adopting the Paycheck Fairness Act, providing quality education for all and reforming aspects of the tax code that benefits only the wealthiest Americans and large corporations. https://feelthebern.org/bernie-sanders-on-economic-inequality/
Support Technology and Innovation
Sanders’ Corporate Accountability and Democracy Plan would require companies to convey shares to workers who are laid off due to AI or robotics, end tax breaks that encourage workforce attrition due to automation, and give workers an ownership stake and say in the decisions made by their companies. https://berniesanders.com/issues/corporate-accountability-and-democracy/
Sanders would support veterans by providing ~$62 billion in new funding to repair, modernize and rebuild the VA infrastructure, eliminating the VA benefits backlog, filling the 50,000 vacancies at the VA, and expanding the VA’s Caregivers program and mental health services for veterans. https://berniesanders.com/issues/honoring-veterans/
Veterans Klobuchar, whose dad was a veteran, has supported numerous pieces of legislation over the years to help veterans. She advocates streamlining the Veterans Administration to cut red tape and waiting times, while expanding Congressional authority over the agency. She also wants to significantly expand mental-health benefits and suicide prevention. https://medium.com/@AmyforAmerica/senator-klobuchars-plan-for-our-veterans-295fba0e0741
Steyer’s administration would defend the civil rights of all Americans, call out racism, white nationalism, LGBTQ and gender bias, work to reform policies that reinforce inequality, and ensure justice in housing, education, access to capital, environmental, agriculture, health and human services programs, and election processes. https://www.tomsteyer.com/policies/
Building “The Wall,” an estimated $5.7 billion expansion of the border between the U.S. and Mexico, is a cornerstone of Trump’s campaign and presidency but it has been blocked by courts. The administration has also lobbied the Supreme Court to end DACA, which shields children of undocumented immigrants.
She would:Decriminalize migration and refocus enforcement on serious criminal activity. Separate law enforcement from immigration enforcement. Remake CBP and ICE. End unnecessary detention. Eliminate private detention facilities.Expand executive use of parole and invest in alternatives-to-detention. Establish professional, independent immigration courts. Eliminate expedited removal and provide due process. Reject exclusionary policies based on race, religion and nationality.Raise the refugee cap. Affirm asylum protections. Expand legal immigration.
Warren said her detailed policy plans on public education, student debt, housing and healthcare, paid for by higher taxes on the rich and corporations, would address racial inequality, She added she would invest $50 billion in historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).
Pass the Equality Act to explicitly guarantee that no LGBTQ+ person in America is discriminated against for who they are or who they love. She said she would restore and strengthen criticalObama-eranon-discrimination protections Warren said her administration also would make LGBTQ+ non-discrimination a condition of federal grants.She supports a nationwide ban on conversion therapy. She also would make it easier to change identification documents to reflect a person’s gender identity.
Health care – mental care/disability
Her Behavioral Health Coverage Transparency Act would hold insurers accountable for providing adequate mental health benefits.
Income Inequality -Equal Pay/Gender Gap
The Ultra-Millionaire Tax taxes the wealth of the richest Americans. It applies only to households with a net worth of $50 million or more—roughly the wealthiest 75,000 households, or the top 0.1%. Households would pay an annual 2% tax on every dollar of net worth above $50 million and a 6% tax on every dollar of net worth above $1 billion. Because wealth is so concentrated, this small tax on roughly 75,000 households woudl bring in $3.75 trillion in revenue over a ten-year period.
Support Technology and Innovation
She would pass legislation that requires large tech platforms to be designated as “Platform Utilities.” Her administration would appoint regulators committed to reversing illegal and anti-competitive tech mergers.
A Warren administration would continue and expand current policy of weighing basing and force structure decisions to account for quality of life factors in the surrounding communities, including safe living environments, available child care, quality of public schools, and employment opportunities and licensing reciprocity for military spouses. She also would increase military spouse employment.