Daily Presidential Briefing: Harris releases immigration policy on Dreamers

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June 13, 2019: Kamala Harris released immigration policy on a path to citizenship for Dreamers. Bernie Sanders reiterated his support for democratic socialism.

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Notable Quote of the Day

“Instead of substantive debates between the leading candidates, the party is going to get a chorus line of never-gonna-be-presidents yapping at each other for two hours.

Most of these people have no chance of becoming the nominee. They know it. The Democratic National Committee knows it. And the top tier candidates know it too. The debates should be structured as such, rather than like cattle-call auditions for The Voice.”

– David Faris, Roosevelt University associate professor of political science


  • Americans for Prosperity is targeting Michael Bennet and two other members of Congress in a mailer campaign against the federal Export-Import Bank.

  • Joe Biden attended a fundraiser in Chicago hosted by CBRE Chicago chairman Bob Wislow.

  • Bill de Blasio announced a cap on for-hire vehicle licenses and the length of time companies like Uber and Lyft can allow drivers to be in the Manhattan core without passengers.

  • Cory Booker will speak at 10 New Hampshire virtual house parties through Google Hangouts Friday.

  • Steve Bullock wrote an op-ed in Fortune criticizing the debate criteria and defending his late entrance into the race.

  • Pete Buttigieg wrote an op-ed in The Charleston Chronicle detailing his Douglass Plan focused on economic opportunity for black Americans. The plan aims to increase access to credit and the number of small businesses in black communities. It would also seek to increase the rate of federal contracts for minority- and women-owned businesses from 5 percent to 25 percent.

  • Julián Castro spoke at Living United for Change in Arizona about his policing standards platform.

  • John Delaney will appear on The View Thursday morning.

  • Tulsi Gabbard called on Congress to support an amendment to the 2020 National Defense Authorization Program that would develop a pilot program for the prosecution of special victim offenses by military service academy attendees.

  • Kirsten Gillibrand, who is campaigning in New Hampshire Friday and Saturday, is increasing her paid staff in the state from two to eight people. Maggie Seppie will join as state organizing director.

  • Kamala Harris released an immigration plan Wednesday that would launch an expanded version of the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.

  • John Hickenlooper is expected to give a speech Thursday challenging democratic socialism at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C.

  • Jay Inslee campaigned in New Hampshire, including a stop at a Brentwood-based solar panel company.

  • Amy Klobuchar called for the passage of her Secure Elections Act and Honest Ads Act, retweeting a statement from Trump saying he might not alert the FBI if he received information from a foreign government about a political opponent.

  • Wayne Messam asked supporters to contribute to his campaign, tweeting, “When candidates are given nationally televised town halls, they qualify for the debate. I’ve yet to be granted a CNN or Fox town, yet, I’m held to the same requirements. The question is why? It’s not too late, you can get me to the debate.”

  • Beto O’Rourke released his LGBT platform Wednesday. He would use executive actions to repeal religious exemption expansions and the ban on transgender servicemembers. The plan also calls for passage of anti-discrimination laws like the Equality Act.

  • Tim Ryan discussed his presidential campaign and Rust Belt communities on Radio Boston.

  • Bernie Sanders redefined and reiterated his support for democratic socialism in a speech at George Washington University. He called his policies the “unfinished business of the New Deal.”

  • Eric Swalwell answered 20 questions as part of a series by NowThis News. He said he wanted to be “the champion for gun safety reform in America.” He also held a meeting on gun violence in Las Vegas Wednesday.

  • Elizabeth Warren sent a letter to the heads of the Federal Reserve System, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and other regulatory agencies requesting information on how the financial tech industry’s automated lending algorithms may produce discriminatory outcomes.

  • Marianne Williamson spoke with the Christian Science Monitor about her policy priority of investing in children’s education, mental health, and access to food.

  • Andrew Yang will campaign in New Hampshire Thursday.


  • Donald Trump discussed whether he would accept information from a foreign government on a political opponent without informing the FBI in an interview. “It’s not an interference, they have information — I think I’d take it,” Trump said. “If I thought there was something wrong, I’d go maybe to the FBI.”

  • Bill Weld is attending meetings in New Hampshire and will open an office in Manchester before the end of the month.

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  • Howard Schultz announced that he was putting his presidential exploration on hiatus for the summer to recover from three back surgeries.

What We’re Reading

Flashback: June 13, 2015

Hillary Clinton kicked off her presidential campaign with a rally in New York City. Read the transcript of her remarks here.