BIDEN: A pledge, and real plans, to confront tough issues

By Adina Kurzban, 11th Grade

At first, when asked why I am pro-Biden, I couldn’t find an answer. Since the day President Trump got elected, many Democrats like me were waiting to vote for or support anyone who opposed him.

But after researching further, I realize I’m pro-Biden because of more than that. I’m pro-Biden because despite the narrative surrounding him that he is “boring,” he has pledged to take on tough issues in America and adopt policies to confront white supremacy, tackle climate change, and fix the immigration system, to name a few.


Biden has a plan to counter white supremacy, a threat affecting us as Jews and an issue affecting America at large. According to the Department of Homeland Security, white supremacy is the biggest terrorist threat to our nation, and one that Trump has done nothing about. Biden has regularly denounced it, which is already more than Trump, but since merely condemning it isn’t enough, Biden will also restore funding to fight domestic extremism, appoint Justice Department officials who will investigate and prosecute it, and pass a law that bans white supremacy while maintaining free speech and civil liberties.

Climate change is an extremely pressing issue for America and the world. Biden has vowed to enact policies that will have America at net-zero emissions by 2050, and he will do so while creating jobs and improving our infrastructure. Trump, however, pulled us out of the Paris Accord, and rather than trying to improve the climate situation, rolled back more than 125 climate protections and allowed pollution to grow unchecked.

Biden also has a comprehensive plan to fix our immigration system. Trump has encouraged a system that denies human dignity by limiting legal immigration and asylum, forcing people to live in tents with no bathrooms by the border. The system is underfunded and mismanaged — judges have too big a caseload to deliberate properly and children are separated from their parents and tried separately in court, leading to parents being deported away from their kids. 

Biden’s plan will reunify these families and fix the asylum system by appropriating the needed resources. By doing so, our immigration system can return to the original values of our country – accepting others and helping those with nowhere else to go.

People say Trump is the best president for Israel, but Biden’s stance on Israel is one of support. He has promised to combat anti-Semitism in every form, reject BDS and other efforts to de-legitimize Israel, and ensure that Israel maintains a military edge over other Middle Eastern countries, something Trump undermined by attempting to sell the UAE weapons.

As president, Donald Trump has stood for white supremacy, hatred towards immigrants, and policy that makes this country worse, not great. He tried to get rid of the Affordable Care Act without providing any alternative for poorer families; has rolled back important climate change and environmental protections, including fuel economy goals for cars and long-standing clean air and clean water laws; and allowed companies to dig for oil on protected national lands. He has done basically everything a president should not. 

I may dislike Trump and his policies, but after having Biden as the nominee for a few months, I have learned to appreciate him as a politician and future president. He has pledged to create the changes that America needs and will provide a necessary shift away from today’s volatile political climate.