Former President Donald Trump is planning to execute a massive deportation operation against illegal aliens if he is re-elected to a second, non-consecutive term in office next year.
According to the New York Post, an in-depth report from the New York Times says that a second Trump term would see illegals rounded up into large detention camps ahead of being forcibly removed from the country, with the goal being to send millions of illegals back every year to where they came from.
In addition to the estimated 4 million illegals who have come into the country illegally since Joe Biden took power, the operation will also go after the millions more who have been in the United States for the last several decades. President Trump’s plan would deputize local law enforcement and National Guard troops in Republican-run states to provide support to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in operations to round up the illegals. New detention camps would be built specifically for this purpose, in order to ease the pressure on current facilities that are overloaded with illegals.
The agenda would also revive several policies that were previously used in his first term, including a sweeping travel ban on Muslim countries which proved successful despite numerous efforts by left-wing groups to have it struck down in the courts.
“If you’re coming from somewhere full of people who want to kill Americans, we will not let you in,” said President Trump during a rally in Clive, Iowa. “We aren’t bringing in anyone from Gaza or Syria or Somalia, Yemen, or Libya, or anywhere else that threatens our security.”
If Congress refuses to pass legislation approving funding for the immigration plan, President Trump will instead simply use Department of Defense (DOD) funding to sustain these operations, just as he did with construction of the southern border wall during his first term in office.
The re-election campaign of Joe Biden issued a statement denouncing President Trump’s plan as “extreme, racist, [and] cruel policies…meant to stoke fear and divide us, betting a scared nation is how he wins this election.”
Immigration was President Trump’s signature issue in the 2016 campaign, with his top campaign promise being to “build the Wall.” It remains a dominant issue in the 2024 campaign, as Biden and the Democratic Party had previously vowed in 2020 to provide numerous free, taxpayer-funded benefits to illegal aliens, including healthcare, education, and housing. These promises directly led to the spike in illegal aliens flooding across the border since Biden took over, which has subsequently led to an increase in homelessness and crime at the border, as well as in the major cities to which illegals are moving, such as New York City.
President Trump remains the clear frontrunner for the Republican nomination, currently maintaining an aggregate lead of about 59%, with a roughly 44% lead over the next-highest candidate, Governor Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.), who is polling at about 14%.