So, imagine that Donald Trump were to win re-election in November, and also win supermajorities in the House and Senate. What would U.S. border and migration policy look like?
It would look pretty much like it does today. The White House has seized on the COVID-19 emergency to ram through most of its border-security and immigration agenda by fiat. And it’s doing it in ways that threaten to spread the virus: at home, in Mexican border towns, and in Central America.
Read all about it at WOLA’s website, where a new commentary by me went up today. In a nutshell, the following are all happening, all at once:
- Border wall construction is still proceeding
- The Pentagon is sending more troops
- The end of the right to asylum
- Turning back unaccompanied children
- Deportations haven’t stopped
- Repatriation agreements suspended
- “Remain in Mexico” hearings delayed
- Crowded detention centers
- Mexico’s migration crackdown continues
This is all happening at once. We need to stare it in the face, so we can then make a hell of a lot of noise about it.