Bernie Sanders

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What policies do you support to improve and secure elections and voting in our country?

Bernie believes that voting is a fundamental American right. As president, he will:

-Restore & expand the Voting Rights Act.

-Re-enfranchise millions of Americans who have had their right to vote taken away by a felony conviction, including those currently incarcerated.

-Secure automatic voter registration for every American 18+.

-Overturn Citizens United.

-End racist voter suppression & partisan gerrymandering.

-Abolish racist voter ID laws, super PACs, & the Electoral College.

-Make Election Day a national holiday.

-Ensure voting is fully accessible to people with disabilities

-Replace corporate funding & donations from millionaires & billionaires w/ mandatory public funding of elections.

-Expand early voting & make absentee voting easier

Please explain where you see opportunities for Democrats and Republicans to find common ground on the very serious issues facing our country.

Right now we have a president who wants to divide us up by the color of our skin, our country of origin, our gender, our religion and our sexual orientation. Bernie is going to do exactly the opposite. We are going to bring our people together – black, white, Latino, Native American, Asian American, gay and straight, young and old, men and women, native born and immigrant.

Not only is Bernie going to be Commander in Chief, he will be Organizer in Chief. He will rally the American people and stand up to the greed of the corporate elite.

We’ll build the grassroots movement necessary to enact the transformative change we need on climate change, health care, education, a higher minimum wage, workers’ rights, criminal justice, and more.

What, if any, steps will you take to reform current immigration policies?

Bernie will act immediately to overhaul our broken immigration system and enact a humane policy at the border and in the interior that respects human and civil rights. As President, Bernie will:

-Use executive authority to reverse Trump’s harmful actions on immigration.

-Place a moratorium on deportations and end ICE raids.

-Restore and expand DACA.

-Push Congress to enact a fair, swift, and inclusive path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants.

-Break up ICE and CBP and return their core functions to their previous departments.

-Decriminalize and demilitarize the border, and ensure due process.

-Strengthen and protect immigrant labor rights.

-Lift Trump’s draconian refugee caps and taking in those forced from their homes due to climate

Please explain the policies, if any, you support to address gun violence in America.

Bernie will take on the NRA & pass common sense gun safety legislation.

-Expand background checks & end the gun show loophole

-End the “boyfriend” loophole to get guns out of the hands of domestic abusers & stalkers

-Ban the sale & distribution of assault weapons

-Ban high-capacity ammunition magazines

-Enact a voluntary buyback program for assault weapons

-Regulate assault weapons in the same way as fully automatic weapons, essentially making them unlawful to own

-Crack down on “straw purchases,” where people buy guns for criminals

-Support “red flag” laws & legislation to keep guns out of the hands of domestic abusers and stalkers

-Ban the 3-D printing of firearms & bump stocks

-Pass Equal Access to Justice for Victims of Gun Violence Act

What, if any, actions would you work towards in your first 100 days to address the threats facing the US due to climate change?

Together, we’ll launch the decade of the Green New Deal, a ten-year, nationwide mobilization centered around justice and equity during which climate change will be factored into virtually every area of policy.

As president, Bernie will declare a national emergency on climate change and take immediate, large-scale action to reverse its effects. Bernie will use executive authority to aggressively regulate greenhouse gas emissions, ban fracking, ban offshore drilling, rejoin and strengthen the Paris Climate Agreement, and more.

Bernie will work with Congress to pass a comprehensive Green New Deal to create 20 million good-paying union jobs while meeting the IPCC emissions reductions targets and transforming our energy system and our economy

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