Bernie Sanders unveiled his "Families First" immigration plan Tuesday, promising more executive action to halt deportations and Obamacare elgibility for illegal immigrants.
"As we gather with our loved ones to give thanks, we should reflect on the fact that not all families will be so lucky," the Vermont senator said in a statement. "We cannot forget about the aspiring Americans who continue to live in the shadows… We have an obligation to enact policies that unite families, not tear them apart."
The new plan, positioned to the left of front-runner Hillary Clinton's, would allow immigrants to purchase healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act and issue whistleblower visas to illegal workers who report employer violations.
It would also employ "humanitarian parole" so unjustly deported immigrants could return to the U.S., dismantle deportation programs and detention centers and expedite the citizenship process for the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the U.S.
While Sanders' plan is more relaxed than the former secretary of state's, Clinton polls higher than Sanders among Latino voters and minorities in general.
"I will not stand idly by waiting around for a dysfunctional Congress to act," Sanders said. "Instead, during the first 100 days of my administration I will take extensive action to accomplish what Congress has failed to do and to build upon President Obama's executive orders."