The first day of a president is important for the good relationship with his followers for the next four years, and donald trump he knows. For this reason, in one of the last rallies of 2023, the former president has promised to take charge of immigration, an issue that he worries all Americans equally regardless of the party they support. “On my first day back in the White House, I will end all of the Biden Administration’s open border policies, stop the invasion of the southern border, and begin the largest and most massive deportation operation in the country.” said the former president before a dedicated crowd in New Hampshire.
The immigration issue continues to be a central issue in US politics. Republicans have used it as a bargaining chip in their negotiations for budgets aimed at continuing to support Ukraine and Israel, and in polls it appears as one of the issues that most worries Americans. Two-thirds of the population believe that immigration is a good thing for the country, while 27% consider it bad.
But, according to the same Gallup study, the percentage that considers it positive has been decreasing since 2014, when acceptance was 64%. Added to this is that the number of apprehensions at the border has reached historic highs in 2023, with 2.5 million undocumented immigrants trying to enter the United States from Mexico. The immigration reality is especially harsh in Arizona, where its governor, the Democrat Katie Hobbshas been forced to send the National Guard to the territories entering the country to control the situation.
The issue is even dividing Democrats internally. Especially after the governor of Texas, the Republican Greg Abbottdecided to send thousands of asylum seekers to Democratic territories with only a one-way ticket, to put pressure on the president Joe Biden and to reinforce security on the border. The idea was joined shortly after by other Republican states, such as Florida, where its governor Ron DeSantis He has even chartered planes to send undocumented migrants to Democratic territories.
More than 150,000 asylum seekers have passed through the Big Apple in the last 18 months, and nearly 67,000 have stayed to live in its shelters, hotels converted into emergency spaces or even on its streets protected by the city’s social aid. . The massive arrival of all of them has strained the aid systems of the sanctuary city to the maximum, obliged by law to provide shelter to anyone who arrives without one. The New York governor’s trips to Washington have been of no use Kathy Hochul or the mayor of New York City, Eric Adamsbegging for more federal help.
“This issue will destroy New York City,” Adams has said on more than one occasion. “There is no room for anyone else here, we are at the limit, the White House has consciously decided that it is better policy to let New York suffer than to try to solve the problem,” are some of the phrases that Americans have been hearing for months from the New York leader. , who even traveled to the border between Texas and Mexico to discourage newcomers from traveling to New York, ensuring that the Big Apple is tremendously saturated and they have no future here.
The same situation is experienced by other Democratic states such as Boston or California, which also face an overpopulation of asylum seekers. The Biden Administration takes refuge in the fact that its hands are tied because in Congress legislators cannot agree on immigration matters, but he is beginning to give in to measures that until now he had not supported. And all because the southern border has become the Democrats’ weakest point ahead of the next presidential elections.
For their part, the Republicans assure that if they win the 2024 elections they will expand the immigration detention system and strengthen the presence of border patrols in the areas bordering Mexico, in addition to launching an ambitious military deployment on the border and carrying out carried out large-scale deportations. The favorite Republican candidate according to the polls, Donald Trump, even goes further. He proposes applying a mass deportation program based on that of Dwight Eisenhower of 1954, which was known as “Operation Wetback”, and which according to an exaggerated Eisenhower of the time ended with the deportation of one and a half million immigrants, although official historical accounts claim that there were fewer.
In addition, the former president says that he does not rule out applying family separation if necessary, an approach that has already provoked several complaints and lawsuits during his presidency and even a federal judge went so far as to prohibit the practice for at least eight years. Trump already made it clear during his previous presidency that he wanted to give more power to the National Guard and local agents so that they could arrest and deport undocumented immigrants, in addition to expanding Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention centers. acronym in English) to retain people who were in the middle of processing and had to appear in court, so that they would not disappear within the borders of the United States and end up staying illegally in the country.