During a recent conversation on Epoch TV’s “Kash’s Korner” program, President Donald Trump revealed that if he runs for president again and is reelected, his first item of business would be to restart wall construction along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump’s focus on the border is exactly right, as the nation’s current immigration crisis has contributed to many of the nation’s current problems.
When Trump was in office, he implemented tough immigration policies, including, but not limited to, the “Remain in Mexico” policy, strict asylum laws, laws punishing sanctuary cities, and the construction of a border wall. These laws were meant to keep the United States safe and to make it more difficult for people to enter, or stay, in the country illegally.
While Democrats portrayed Trump as “anti-immigration,” this was simply a Democrat-led smoke and mirror show. Trump was not against immigration. Rather, he opposed illegal immigration, and expected people who wanted to move to the United States to do so legally.
Trump’s focus on the border is, without question, justified and vitally important. Under Joe Biden, the border is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster. People are illegally entering the country in record numbers with Biden’s blessing and are being flown from the border to different locations within the country, sometimes in the dead of night.
Biden’s immigration policies have contributed to many of the nation’s problems. For example, the porous borders have made it easier for smugglers to funnel drugs and weapons into the country. The number of illegal immigrants entering the country has also increased the costs and taxes in various individual states. For example, according to an article in the Tallahassee Democrat:
Florida spent an estimated $52 million on Medicaid coverage for births to immigrants who arrived illegally in 2019, and another $148 million on Medicaid coverage for their older U.S.-born children.
By far the largest state expenditure on the U.S.- and foreign-born children of immigrants who came illegally is public schooling, which the state must provide regardless of a student’s immigration status.
Extrapolating from Florida’s per-pupil expenditures, educating the children of illegal immigrants cost state taxpayers $1.6 billion in 2019. This figure likely understates the true cost, as it does not reflect the special language training that children of people who came illegally disproportionately require.Tallahassee Democrat
Biden’s loose immigration policies have also allowed many with criminal records to remain in the country by virtue of the “catch and release” program Biden re-implemented. They have also led to potential public health risks relating to Covid-19 and other diseases, overburdened law enforcement in certain states, and depressed wages for American workers.
For example, according to a 2020 article by The Heritage Foundation, “illegal immigrants do take jobs away from Americans” and “wages are depressed in some industries because illegal immigrants will charge less for their labor.” In the same article, the author further notes:
Pew Research last year reported that 7.6 million illegal immigrants work in this country. Numerous studies—from the General Accounting Office, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights, the National Research Council, and more—have shown that such large numbers of illegal immigrants in the workforce depress wages.Heritage Foundation
Tangentially, Democrats also want to grant non-citizens and those who enter the country illegally the right to vote. For example, New York City recently passed a law allowing more than 800,000 non-citizens to vote in municipal elections. Democrats would likely adopt the flawed “logic” utilized to pass this law and apply it to similarly apply it to illegal immigrants. As reported by Fox News:
Expect to see many more blue state municipalities take steps to enfranchise non-citizen voters in the future. Though states are unlikely to openly permit illegal immigrants to vote, they don’t need to. They can simply do as California does – automatically register everyone who gets a driver’s license to vote, then do nothing to weed out the votes of illegal immigrants.Fox News
These concerns only scratch the surface of the nation’s current illegal immigration problems. The risks associated with allowing people to enter the country freely and lawlessly are extensive and far-reaching. Trump recognized this when he was president, which is why he implemented tough, but fair, immigration policies.
If he seeks reelection in 2024, he should, once again, focus on fixing the damage that Biden has caused by virtue of his weak immigration policies, which are severely hurting American citizens.
Mr. Hakim is an attorney and columnist. His articles have been published in The Washington Examiner, The Daily Caller, The Federalist, American Thinker, and other online publications. He is also a regular guest on OANN’s Tipping Point.