Public Issues: Biden versus Trump

By: Nathalie Murillo

Our Polarizing Public Issues

This year, 2020, will forever be our memories. To add to the chaos is the presidential election. President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are undoubtedly the most popular figures circulating US media today. The hostility resulting from the tense political climate is emanating out of this country and can be seen internationally; especially the polarizing views on public issues.

Thousands of Americans are falling within their own confirmation biases. With the presidential election just around the corner, many are left to wonder which party should they truly vote for. History blesses Americans with the right to vote and elect one who is deemed the leader of our nation. The following should provide neutral guidance on which party to vote for during this overwhelming and confusing era.

Abortion

Among more, abortion is one of the most divisive public issues in US politics. Biden’s position when it comes to abortion has drastically changed over the years. As a firm Catholic, he believed that the Roe v. Wade’s 1973 case went “too far”. According to Harper’s Bazaar, Biden explicitly states, “I am personally opposed to abortion, but I don’t think I have a right to impose my view on…society.”

In recent years, when discussing the funding of reducing teen pregnancy, Biden reinforced his stance. He votes yes to $100 million in education and contraceptives. He would like to pass a federal law that protects a woman’s right to have an abortion. Biden believes that women should have the right to choose. Furthermore, he originally stated that “I will also not vote to use federal funds to fund abortion”. Now, Biden denounces the Hyde Amendment calling it an “extreme law”; the amendment passed in 1976 banning federal funding for abortion with a few exceptions. He later emphasizes, “If I believe health care is right, as I do, I can no longer support the amendment that makes the right dependent on someone’s ZIP code.”

President Trump has been consistently clear with his stance on abortion, “I am pro-life”. Regarding Planned Parenthood, he believes it should “absolutely be defunded”. He advocates for prohibiting late-term abortion and wants everyone to know that he is increasing the difficulty of getting an abortion. His plan is to overturn federal protections and supports a near-total ban on abortion. President Trump expresses his support in completely banning abortion with exceptions to incest, rape, and danger to the mother’s life. He opposes federal funding for abortion.

Immigration

Firstly, regarding the immigration debate, Biden believes it is an “irrefutable” source of our strength. He proposes a plan to “secure our values as a nation of immigrants.” In January, Biden stands pro-immigration. If elected, he will commit to working with Congress to pass an amnesty for “nearly 11 million undocumented immigrants”. He encourages border security. And he desires to enhance screening procedures and other border technology for US entry in our northern and southern borders. 

In our border/holding facilities, he wishes to stop separating children from their families. On Univision, the former vice president states how “the fact that the Obama administration demoted 3 million undocumented immigrants, many of whom had no criminal record, was a big mistake.” 

President Trump shares with Biden the belief of pro-border security, however, is anti-immigration. He appears adamant in his desire to building a border wall and in removing unlawful entries from our land. He acknowledges the undocumented members serving in our armed forces and hopes to protect them from possible deportation. President Trump vocalizes his stance: “A responsible approach to refugees is one that seeks the eventual return of refugees to their home counties so that they can help to rebuild their own nations”. During his presidency, President Trump has implemented a number of his immigration plans. From decreasing refugee admission, improving H-1B insurance, and placing restrictions on individuals coming from countries “deemed to pose national security or terrorism threat”.

Racial Injustice

Much of what makes this year so momentous is the Black Lives Matter movement. As racial injustice tries to the forefront in public issues, both parties show dramatically different views. Aware of this, Biden believes that the pandemic has shone its light “on racial disparities in health and health care”. Following the murder of George Floyd, he acknowledges that America is seeking a national judgment on systemic racism. More specifically, the racial injustices on other black men, women, and children. 

During the 2020 presidential debate, after reluctance, Biden responds to President Trump by saying he supports “law and order with justice where people get treated fairly.” Biden desires to incorporate sensitivity training that focuses on awareness of racism. He believes that the US is in need of “a major mobilization of effort and resources to advance racial equality across the American economy.” 

In contrast, President Trump believes that promoting racial sensitivity training to law enforcement is “divisive.” Within the past couple of months, he has seized violent outbreaks in Democratic-run cities all over the nation. He paints nationwide protests against police brutality and racism as “Antifa-run efforts undermine law enforcement.” In August, the president and his allies rallied against “violence in American cities” and Trump promised he would “make America safe again” during a second term. In education facilities, he withholds federal funding from schools that teach about slavery as a central role in the formation of America.