Sanders then proposed to use executive orders to broaden President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA). Sanders said he believes this plan to be within the scope of presidential powers.
Unzueta did not respond to a request for comment.
Currently DACA candidates must have come to the United States before their 16th birthday and before 2007 to be eligible for the program. DAPA candidates must have lived in the United States since 2010 and either have children who are American citizens or children who are lawful permanent residents.
Under Sanders’ previously proposed immigration plan, all undocumented people living in the United States for at least five years would be allowed to stay in the country without the fear of being deported. “Close to nine million individuals would be able to apply for deferred action,” according the Sanders’ policy proposal. The plan also promotes increased legal counsel for detained immigrants, and pushes for an end to for-profit prisons.