According to a new report by The New York Times and CNN, former US President Donald Trump intends to broaden his first administration’s strict immigration policies if re-elected to a second term in 2024.
The proposals include gathering up undocumented immigrants who are already in the country and putting them in detention centers to await deportation.
According to the article, the plans would demand the construction of massive camps to hold migrants awaiting deportation, as well as the involvement of federal and local law enforcement in large-scale arrests of undocumented immigrants around the country.
If the US Congress refuses to fund the operation, Trump will revert to a strategy he used during his first term to get extra financing for a border wall: he would shift funds from the Pentagon.
Trump promised to execute “the largest domestic deportation operation in American history” at a rally in Florida this week, claiming criminals were crossing the US-Mexico border and warning of “young, strong people with bad intentions.”
Then, on Saturday, November 11, Trump promised to sign an executive order on Day 1 of a potential second term to discontinue funding for undocumented immigrants’ shelter and transportation, saying at a rally in New Hampshire that he would redirect a portion of the savings to “shelter and treatment for our own homeless veterans.”
He also alleged that President Joe Biden spent more than $1 million to place undocumented immigrants in “some of the country’s most luxurious hotels.”
During recent campaign rallies, Trump has characterized his travel restriction on mostly Muslim countries as “strong” and “powerful.”
Trump promised last week in Florida to “terminate all work permits for illegal aliens and demand that Congress send me a bill outlawing all welfare payments to illegal migrants of any kind.”
The former president also warned of caravans approaching the US border from Mexico and pledged to arrest groups and charities he alleged encouraged large-scale illegal immigration.
According to Stephen Miller, a former senior Trump administration official who oversaw immigration policy, “any activists who doubt President Trump’s resolve in the slightest are making a drastic error: Trump will unleash the vast arsenal of federal powers to implement the most spectacular migration crackdown.”
In response to The Times’ reporting on Saturday, the Biden campaign issued a stinging statement, describing Trump’s plans as “the horrifying reality that awaits the American people if Donald Trump is allowed anywhere near the Oval Office again.”
“These extreme, racist, and cruel policies dreamed up by him and his henchman Stephen Miller are meant to stoke fear and divide us, betting that a scared and divided nation is how he wins this election,” Ammar Moussa, a spokeswoman for the Biden-Harris 2024 campaign, stated.