Democratic U.S. Senator from New Jersey | Former 2020 Democratic Candidate for President
Despite his early departure from the 2020 presidential race, U.S. Senator Cory Booker remains a very popular figure in the Democratic Party. Add to that his position on the Senate Subcommittee for Border Security and Immigration and Booker emerges as an influential voice in the national conversation on immigration policy.
Regarding immigration, Booker’s policy proposals have mostly focused on protecting so-called sanctuary cities and greatly reducing the use of immigrant detention facilities.
In April of 2019, he sponsored the Dignity for Detained Immigrants Act, which would enable thousands more immigrants a month to seek release in the short term and radically restrict detention capacity over the course of a few years.
In 2016, he supported the Fair Day in Court for Kids Act, which would have significantly overhauled the immigration court system to require unaccompanied minors in the system to have representation, created a case management pilot project to increase court appearance rates, and required the Department of Homeland Security to submit reports to Congress on the number of detained immigrants represented by counsel and the number of such immigrants who received legal orientation presentations. The bill would also have required the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Attorney General to establish procedures to ensure legal orientation programs are available to all detained immigrants, so that immigrants know their rights.
Beyond his position as a lawmaker, Booker has established himself as a powerful orator capable of bringing attention to any given issue with a mix of emotional delivery and provocation. At a presidential campaign event in June of 2019, Booker compared Trump’s immigration platform to the nativist Know Nothing Party of the 19th century, which was seeking to restrict Irish and Italian immigrants from coming to the U.S., adding, “This is why knowing history is so important.” He also claimed that President Trump is “trying to make us afraid of people coming from the southern border with brown skin.”
- One-Third of Democratic Senators Support Bernie Sanders’s Single-Payer Plan New York Times — September 13, 2017
- Cory Booker releases immigration reform plan Axios — July 2, 2019
- Existing H-1B Visa cap IS TOO LOW, the 2014 cap was reached in 5 days. Twitter — May 22, 2013
- How Cory Booker would ‘virtually eliminate’ immigration detention Politico — July 2, 2019
- Exclusive: Booker, House Dems introduce most ambitious bill yet to curb immigration detention Vox — April 30, 2019
- Booker Signs on to Legislation to Protect Children Seeking Asylum Cory Booker Press Release — February 23, 2016
- Cory Booker Suggests Spending Money On Border Security Like Rejecting Jews Fleeing Holocaust Daily Wire — June 9, 2019
- Cory Booker Won’t Wait for Congress: He Will Immediately Act Through Executive Authority to Virtually Eliminate Immigration Detention and End the Crisis at the Border Cory Booker's Published Immigration Policy Plan
- Booker, Menendez Statement on Biden Administration’s Decision to End Title 42 Cory Booker Press Release — April 1, 2022