Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Policies Just Keep Getting Worse

He’s separated babies from parents. He’s banned refugees from certain countries simply because of their religion. You would think that when it comes to anti-immigration policies, President Donald Trump couldn’t get much worse. Sadly, that’s just not the case.

The Trump administration showed that it has no shame after admitting that officials have absolutely no idea how to reunite the children who were separated from their families as they crossed the U.S. border. But that’s just the beginning of their recent cruelty to those who have come to the U.S. hoping to become citizens and flee their dangerous countries of origin.

Now, the president requests that migrants be immediately deported, and any plea for asylum be completely ignored. Calling the requirement of a trial to judge the validity of the asylum request “too costly,” President Trump argues that there’s no reason to extend due process since that right only belongs to U.S. citizens.

According to Politico:

“Congress must pass smart, fast and reasonable Immigration Laws now. Law Enforcement at the Border is doing a great job, but the laws they are forced to work with are insane,” the president wrote on Twitter. “When people, with or without children, enter our Country, they must be told to leave without our country being forced to endure a long and costly trial. Tell the people ‘OUT,’ and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn. Hiring thousands of ‘judges’ does not work and is not acceptable – only Country in the World that does this!”

Legal scholars note that President Trump is utterly wrong about the constitutionality of his approach. As Time reports:

Legal experts were quick to note that this would be unconstitutional. Steve Vladeck, a professor at the University of Texas School of Law, cited a Supreme Court opinion from 1982 that held that “aliens, even aliens whose presence in this country is unlawful, have long been recognized as ‘persons’ guaranteed due process of law by the Fifth and Fourteen Amendments.”

Stripping people of their legal rights simply because they are immigrants is just one alarming Trump administration policy under consideration. White House officials have also chosen to oust immigrant army recruits, discharging those who joined after being promised it was a path to citizenship.

The AP reports:

Margaret Stock, an Alaska-based immigration attorney and a retired Army Reserve lieutenant colonel who helped create the immigrant recruitment program, said she’s been inundated over the past several days by recruits who have been abruptly discharged. All had signed enlistment contracts and taken an Army oath, Stock said. Many were reservists who had been attending unit drills, receiving pay and undergoing training, while others had been in a “delayed entry” program, she said.

The administration has refused to directly answer why the discharges have been occurring, although officials claimed that some were due to “security risk” because the immigrants had family in other countries.

The potential elimination of both the ability to claim asylum when entering the U.S. and the opportunity to use Army service as a route to citizenship shows a continued closing of loopholes by an administration terrified of those who aren’t born in the country.

Meanwhile, the Trump White House is demanding that deportation efforts be increased, too. The plan? Allow U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, or USCIS, to initiate deportations of anyone they suspect broke the law or “abused public benefit programs.”

The Washington Times reports:

The memos, dated June 28, tell agency employees to be on the lookout for people who apply for naturalization or other legal immigration benefit but who have criminal records, used bogus documents, lied about their applications or had abused public benefit programs. In the past those might have been enough to reject the application, but USCIS would either drop the issue at that point or refer the case to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement for possible deportation. Under the new guidelines USCIS employees are now urged to begin the deportation process themselves.

“Fraudulent documents” would include instances like “Maria,” a woman who, according to Vox News, made up a Social Security number so she could be paid to work a housecleaning job. “Maria,” just like most U.S. citizens, paid taxes on her wages, despite the fact that as an undocumented immigrant she would be unable to benefit from Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security or any number of programs funded by taxpayer dollars.

With the new policy in effect, if Maria applies for naturalization, she could be deported by USCIS.

The administration is also hitting the courts to try to punish cities that are declaring themselves “sanctuary cities” and it’s clear that White House officials are ramping up their dangerous xenophobic immigration policies. He may not be getting the Mexican wall that he demanded, but that isn’t stopping President Trump from attacking immigrants, one harsh new restriction at a time.

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41 comments

Paulo R
Paulo R1 months ago

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Paulo R
Paulo R1 months ago

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Richard B
Richard B1 months ago

Horrible

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Jan S
Jan S2 months ago

thanks for the update

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yuru q
yuru qin2 months ago

Anyone has knowledge to stop trump administration ' s wrong doing? Please stop them.

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heather g
heather g2 months ago

If Trump could get away with going against the Constitution, he would. He needs to be closely monitored at all times.

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Winn A
Winn A2 months ago

Vote BLUE and RESIST

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Winn A
Winn A2 months ago

tRUMP is disgusting and despicable.

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Chrissie R
Chrissie R2 months ago

Thanks for posting your opinion on social media.

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Susanne R
Susanne R2 months ago

David F. said,

"The Headline is a capitalized LIE, not one reference where Trump is anti-immigrate."

A headline is simply that. You have to read the article for the explanation. It's right there in the first paragraph.

"He's separated babies from parents. He's banned refugees from certain countries simply because of their religion. You would think that when it comes to anti-immigration policies, President Donald Trump couldn't get much worse. Sadly, that’s just not the case."

There's more, but you have to bother to read it.

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