Senator of Alabama, Doug Jones’ Stance on Immigration
On the Border Wall:
Senator Jones opposes the construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. He has often compared the construction of the U.S.- Mexico border wall to the Berlin Wall and has urged that the U.S. is better than that. He believes that the proposed budget for the border wall is too high, and would be better spent on middle class tax cuts and reforming the health care system.
However, Senator Jones does believe there is a need for heightened security along the border in order to keep America safe.
On DACA and the Dream Act:
Jones did not support the termination of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) initiative implemented by the Obama Administration. Jones has stated that Dreamers are not threats, but simply the product of their parents and grandparents seeking to give them a better life. He has stressed Dreamers’ military service, highlighting the hundreds of thousands that have enlisted in the Armed Forces within the last two years.
The Senator supports the Dream Act or similar legislation that would provide a means or path for legal status for young immigrants brought to the country as children.
On the Immigration System:
Jones favors upgrading the immigration system. Specifically, he has proposed reassessing the current quota system, as well as looking at potential overhauls to the administrative procedures for immigration.
Jones publicly spoke out against House Bill 56—then considered the harshest anti-immigrant law in the country—and reiterated that position throughout his campaign.
His stance on immigration seems positive, but the real test will come when he joins the Senate in the new year.