After a campaign filled with propaganda, president-elect Donald Trump has returned to the subject of immigration reform, speaking on the construction of a wall, with partial fencing on the USA’s border to Mexico. He claimed that there were 3 million people with criminal records, gang members & drug dealers, whom were to be deported. Other persons of the 11 million undocumented migrants were called “terrific people”.
Martin Pengelly and Alan Yuhas of The Guardian are quoted to have written about President Obama‘s record on immigration:
The day he began his presidential campaign, Trump warned about Mexican migrants who were “rapists” and “criminals”, and spent weeks saying migrants were “pouring in” across the border, although research does not support links between immigration and crime, net migration has remained level for years, and more Mexican migrants are leaving the US than entering it.
The US already has a large infrastructure for arresting, detaining and deporting migrants. Over eight years, Barack Obama has deported more than 2.5 million people, more than any other president, and more than doubled the number of border patrol agents. He has also increased border surveillance, and contracted the country’s largest prison company to help detain migrants.
Obama pursued immigration reform but failed to press a bipartisan bill through Republican opposition in Congress in 2013 and 2014. He subsequently ordered sweeping executive actions to shield eligible migrants, mostly young people and all without criminal records, from deportation. Trump has pledged to rescind those orders.
Campaign consultant and former mayor of New York City Rudolph Guiliani has suggested that president-elect Trump could build the wall on the border by executive order.