President Trump continues to follow through with his plans to tackle illegal immigration via the southern border.
Unfortunately for him, the left-wing media has been at war with him on the issue from the start. Of course, this comes after ignoring virtually all of former President Obama’s immigration policies and programs, which were almost the same.
In April, ICE arrested 280 workers in Texas.
Trump planned to start raids as of the fourth weekend of June. Soon after, the President delayed these plans.
Three weeks later, President Trump reinstated the plan. It included 10 U.S cities and targeted 2,000 families who were already ordered to be deported.
Most recently, United States immigration officials conducted a raid in Mississippi. Immigration agents stormed 7 meat production facilities. By the end of the raid, ICE agents found and apprehended 680 illegal immigrants.
While the sting operation in Texas worked, not all have. On Sunday, July 14th, the first raids conducted in New York City failed when ICE failed to produce warrants for arrest.
Additionally, the Trump administration attempted to establish new immigration rules.
Of them, one such rule sought to limit the ability of immigrants to seek asylum if they did not arrive at an official port of entry. After issuing the interim rule, California challenged the Attorney General and Secretary of Homeland Security. Afterward, US District Judge Randolph Moss struck the proposal down.
Earlier this week, the Department of Homeland Security issued a new immigration rule.
Updating its previous code based on the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, the rule focuses on welfare use. In short, the rule would allow the federal government to deny green cards to those who would be dependent upon government assistance.
Like the previous proposal, this rule has already met opposition. In fact, California has sued to block its implementation.
Unfortunately for the Trump administration, their actions are not always in line with public sentiment. A series of polls were published last month on the immigration issue.
According to a July Gallop Poll, Americans support taking in Central American asylum seekers three to two. However, 74% of Americans do agree that there is a crisis on the border.
Additionally, 68% of respondents to a July Quinnipiac poll said that the conditions of immigration detention centers are a serious problem. Furthermore, 62% said that not enough is being done to improve those conditions.
Of course, more information was provided on this issue from other sources. NPR reported that 62% opposed a health care program for illegal immigrants. Again, 64% supported a pathway to citizenship, echoing the sentiment that immigration is good for the country.
Finally, 66% disagreed with decriminalizing illegal border crossing.
Immigration will be a key issue leading into the 2020 election.
President Trump’s ideological leanings appear to mirror wider public sentiment. However, his polices do not.
Without resolution, especially using a compassionate approach, the President will likely lose on this issue during the debates.