By Allan Wall, November 2, 2020
Five years ago, in 2015, Donald Trump burst onto the scene with immigration as his signature issue. With a promise to build a wall on the southern border, Trump went on to win the 2016 presidential election and take office on January 20th, 2017.
Now it’s 2020, and the election is upon us.
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What has President Trump accomplished in regards to immigration policy?
Quite a lot, according to the New York Times. The Times doesn’t like Trump’s accomplishments, but it does recognize them. On October 10th, the editorial board of the New York Times published an opinion piece entitled, Trump’s Overhaul of Immigration Is Worse Than You Think.
Quoth the Gray Lady: “Through administrative orders, strict enforcement and mere threat, the White House has attacked virtually every aspect of immigration, legal and illegal. This transformation of the American immigration system has been perhaps the administration’s boldest accomplishment …. A report this summer from the Migration Policy Institute outlined over 400 actions on immigration that had been enacted by a sprawling array of federal departments in the Trump era.”
Trump has reduced our intake of immigrants, something many of us have been calling for: “Between 2016 and 2019, annual net immigration into the United States fell by almost half, to about 600,000 people per year — a level not seen since the 1980s — according to an analysis by William H. Frey of the Brookings Institution. (Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, that number has certainly decreased even more.)”
And, “Mr. Trump also used the threat of tariffs to get Mexico to crack down on undocumented Central American immigrants … ”
Trump’s tariff threat to the Mexican government was a bold move, arguably one of the greatest successes of his administration.
Trump used his foreign policy authority to compel Mexico to help us by drastically reducing the quantity of Central American illegal aliens passing through Mexican territory and arriving at the U.S. border.
However, the Times criticizes Trump’s suspension of aid to Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras to get them to help us.
But why should we spend foreign aid on countries who were cynically using our territory as a human dumping ground for their own people, rather than solving their own problems at home?
Our asylum and refugee policy has been grossly abused, making it mostly just another means to immigrate. The Times doesn’t like Trump changing that.
Nor does the Gray Lady cotton to the idea of reducing foreign tech workers who threaten American jobs, nor of enforcing the public charge rule.
The Times laments that, even if Trump loses, it may not be quick or easy to reverse all Trump policies: ” ‘There’s so much change that has happened in the last four years, there’s no way a new administration could reverse things in four or even eight years,’ said Sarah Pierce, a policy analyst at the Migration Policy Institute who was a co-author of the group’s July report. Beyond that, there could be political challenges to undoing President Trump’s clamps on the border if that would invite new caravans of asylum seekers. Would Democrats reverse the public charge rule and leave themselves open to accusations of coddling newcomers?”
As for the Build the Wall promise, 400 miles of new wall has been constructed on the southern border, with ongoing construction. (See The Jaw-Dropping Difference Between the Old ‘Wall’ and the New Wall the Trump Admin Is Building, by Julio Rosas, which includes photos and an informative video.)
Mark Morgan, acting Commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, tweeted: “CBP & [the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers] continue to build new wall every day. Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It’s a fact, walls work.”
Twitter was so incensed by this tweet that it suspended Morgan, under the pretext of its “hateful conduct” policy!
Conclusion: Both the New York Times and Twitter recognize Trump’s accomplishments.
Next question: Does the American electorate recognize Trump’s accomplishments and agree with them? Will voters give Trump another four years?
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