Special Election Issue

Paige Fanneron, News Editor

This election year has been a long process, but we are down to our last two candidates: Donald Trump of the Republican Party and Joe Biden of the Democratic Party.

Trump is the 45th President of the United States of America. Trump won the election back in 2016 against Hillary Clinton, and is now running for re-election in 2020. His political views on immigration have not changed during his presidency. During his past four years in office he has increased security at the border and has made it more difficult for immigrants to obtain asylum. Specifically, his “Zero Tolerance” policy on immigration has caused many immigrant families to be separated. 

When Trump was first elected, he placed a travel ban on several countries with muslim majorities, such as Chad, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen. Trump also attempted to create a merit based system that would prioritize accepting immigrants with specific skills for certain jobs rather than people with family living in the U.S. 

Joe Biden was the Vice President of the United States from 2008-2016. If elected, Biden stated that he would  like to create immigration reform that provided a pathway for undocumented immigrants to get citizenship. 

On the economy, Trump wants to lower corporate and individual taxes. Trump’s administration has cut regulations on financial, agricultural and energy divisions. In 2017, he signed a tax reform bill which cut taxes for corporations and high-income families and some upper middle class families. Trump has attempted to get rid of Obamacare, getting rid of its individual mandate, and also wants to reform Medicaid. If re-elected, he wants to replace Obamacare with a plan that would cater to people with preexisting conditions, including giving senior citizens the ability to buy and pay for their prescription drugs. 

Biden has stated that he would like to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour and would like to create higher taxes for the upper class and larger corporations. In the final debate on Oct. 22, Biden stated that he would also like to continue to build on the Affordable Care Act, since he believes that it is working well but he recognizes that it can be improved. Through a $2 trillion climate plan, Biden wants to develop new nuclear technologies and tax carbon emissions.

Trump is also pro-life. Back in 2016, his anti-abortion stance was a large part of his campaign. Trump has enacted a “gag rule” policy which prevented planned parenthood from receiving $286 million in federal funding. During his presidency, he has placed restrictions on transgender people joining the military. Currently, transgender people must serve as their biological sex and are prohibited from serving unless they have proven stability in their biological sex for at least 36 months. 

Biden is pro-chocie and according to Harper’s Bazaar, Biden stated, “Reproductive rights are a constitutional right. And, in fact, every woman should have that right.” 

Trump is also against gun control, as he believes that by increasing gun control, he will be taking away the American people’s second amendment right to bear arms. Trump once said “We will uphold your religious liberty, and defend your Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms.”

On the other hand, Biden would like to put in place stricter gun laws and more background checks for individuals who purchase firearms.


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