Elizabeth Warren

U.S. Senator from Massachusetts | Former Democratic 2020 Presidential Candidate

“You didn’t build that,” became a theme for Elizabeth Warren when she successfully ran for the U.S. Senate in 2012. She told the people of Massachusetts that our sense of responsibility should extend beyond pulling ourselves up by the bootstraps and tap into the idea of building a civil society with support from each other. Her run for Ted Kennedy’s old seat was aided by the fact that she was an economic advisor to President Barack Obama, who tasked her — as a former Harvard Law School professor with expert knowledge of bankruptcy — to build the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in the wake of the 2007 housing crisis.

For her 2020 campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination, which ended shortly after Super Tuesday, “You didn’t build that” was replaced with “I have a plan for that,” including one for immigration.

Warren’s campaign website called for “A Fair and Welcoming Immigration System.” Her wide-ranging plans included raising the refugee cap to 175,000 by the end of her first term in office and ensuring due process and public defenders for those facing deportation.

Warren’s progressive rival for the nomination, Bernie Sanders, also had a bold immigration plan — a natural outgrowth of his core message of economic justice that resonated well with Latinx voters, powering the Vermont senator to big primary wins that made it evident that he had won over the left wing of the party. After finishing behind Sanders and Joe Biden in all of the Super Tuesday primaries, Warren suspended her presidential campaign.


Warren’S IDEAS

  • Border Security

    Warren supports increased funding for border security.

  • Border Wall

    Warren opposes wall construction, and has not ruled out tearing down existing sections of the wall that are ineffective and harmful to local communities.

  • Detention

    Warren proposes eliminating the use of private detention facilities and reducing the detainee population by making illegal crossings exclusively civil offenses, not criminal, and increasing the use of community-based alternatives to detention.

  • Immigration Courts

    Warren advocates for the creation of an immigration court system independent from the Department of Justice so that the U.S. Attorney General can no longer overrule judges.

  • Undocumented Population

    Warren’s immigration policy plan directly calls for “a fair and achievable pathway to citizenship” for the 11 million undocumented individuals currently living and working in the U.S. This includes finding permanent protections for those with Temporary Protected Status and those under Deferred Enforced Departure.

  • ICE

    Warren wants to “remake” the agency to “reflect our values” and end programs like “Secure Communities” that force local police to enforce federal immigration laws.

  • DACA

    Warren wants to expand the DACA program, and provide a pathway to citizenship for DACA enrollees.

  • Asylum

    Warren proposes coordinating with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees’ efforts to resettle those who need protection and advocates for an increase in the number of refugees accepted annually from Trump’s current level of 18,000 to 125,000.

  • Central America Policy

    Warren has committed to $1.5 billion dollars in aid to fund programs in Central America that target crime, disrupt trafficking, address poverty, reduce sexual violence, and enhance programs for at-risk youth.

  • Visas

    Warren proposes increasing legal immigration with more targeted temporary worker visa programs that “create jobs and business growth.”