(RepublicanReport.com) – Despite the level of criticism he attracts, Donald Trump has done as much for America as any president that has gone before him. Nowhere has his positive influence been more evident than around immigration policy.
Liberal commentators have attacked Trump over and over again for his perceived xenophobia, but the president has never let that stop him from protecting our borders. Here, we’ve looked at the four main ways in which he’s improved America’s approach to immigration during his tenure.
The Border Wall
This was one of the most contentious issues in the lead-up to the 2016 presidential election. Despite cries from the Left that the plan was racist, and genuine concerns about its viability, Donald Trump insisted he would build a wall along the US-Mexico border.
Four years on, it appears Trump was true to his word. The wall is far from finished, but massive progress has been made. Hundreds of miles of wall are under construction or pre-construction, and many existing barriers have been repaired or enhanced.
Suspension of the DACA Program
The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program postponed the deportation of undocumented immigrants who entered the United States as children. It allowed many migrants to take advantage of the system, even granting them social security numbers. Trump replaced the system with a more demanding path to citizenship that will serve to reduce abuse of the system. Unfortunately, a Supreme Court ruling in June 2020 ruled the removal of the program unlawful, which means the ultimate outcome of this move is, as yet, uncertain.
Increased Deportation to Certain Countries
Overall deportation numbers have not increased during Donald Trump’s time in the White House. However, his administration has made an effort to be more strict with undocumented migrants of “recalcitrant” countries, or those who refuse to take back migrants the US deports. These include Eritrea, Guinea, and Sierra Leone.
Reduction of Benefits for Immigrants
One of the main issues people have with mass immigration is the strain it puts on our social welfare systems. Trump sought to address this by making it more difficult for people to come to the US if they were likely to become dependent on welfare within the first five years of their arrival.
Donald Trump has never been afraid to take a hard line on immigration. This may come across as insensitive to some, but it is the best way to preserve American interests.
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