These measures are designed not only to stem the substantial influx of individuals into the U.S., but also to initiate the removal of millions who have previously crossed the border decades ago.
The plans were reported by the New York Times based on interviews with Stephen Miller and other Trump advisors. The Gray Lady characterized the plans as "an assault on immigration on a scale unseen in modern American history."
During a campaign trail last September, Trump told Iowans: "Following the Eisenhower model, we will carry out the largest domestic deportation in American history." He was referring to the 1954 expulsion drive spearheaded by his predecessor, former President Dwight Eisenhower, that saw some 1.1 million Mexicans being deported.
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He also suggested a naval blockade by both the Coast Guard and the Navy to stop drug smuggling boats in U.S.-Latin American waters. Drug cartels would be designated as "unlawful enemy combatants," allowing U.S. military intervention in Mexico. Trump said he will also push for the completion of the border wall. (Related: Secretary of State Antony Blinken: Drug trafficking, immigration are crisis MUTUAL RESPONSIBILITIES of the U.S. and Mexico.)
The Biden-Harris campaign swiftly denounced the proposed plans. "Mass detention camps, attempts to deny children born here citizenship, uprooting families with mass deportations — this is the horrifying reality that awaits the American people if Trump is allowed anywhere near the Oval Office again," said Ammar Moussa, spokesman for the campaign.
However, Biden is encountering increasing criticism of his immigration policies from within his party. New York City Mayor Eric Adams has been consistently and explicitly condemning what he perceives as White House negligence in addressing a migrant crisis that has overwhelmed the Big Apple.
Immigration is emerging as a pivotal factor in shaping the perspectives of 2024 voters. According to Reuters/Ipsos polling, the percentage of Americans citing immigration as their top concern rose from 8 percent in September to 14 percent in October. In September, 54 percent of respondents agreed that "immigration is making life harder for native-born Americans."
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