Can 2020 Dems do more than just decry Trump on immigration?

In this June 21, 2019 photo, a sign outside the Knight Concert Hall at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts of Miami-Dade County announces the upcoming Democratic Presidential Debates, in Miami. Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami this week for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing President Donald Trump’s administration.

Democratic presidential hopefuls face a challenge as they gather in Miami this week for the opening round of primary debates: presenting immigration ideas that go beyond simply bashing President Donald Trump's administration.

Most of the proposals that the contenders have advanced combine long-held Democratic priorities with lofty rhetoric and plenty of knocks on Trump. But many of the candidates have simply scratched the surface of a far deeper issue.

Immigrant advocates worry the Trump administration's hard-line tactics such as a publicized but later delayed plan for a nationwide sweep to deport people living in the U.S. illegally simply leave Democrats reacting to the White House rather than advancing their own priorities. They hope the debates will be an opportunity for Democrats to own the issue.

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