President Donald Trump touted his administration’s accomplishments on immigration policy in a Yuma, Arizona ‘MAGA’ rally on Tuesday, reminding Arizonans that electing Joe Biden would ensure a return to the open borders and cheap labor immigration policies of the Barack Obama presidency.
“Joe Biden is the puppet of the radical left-wing movement that seeks the complete elimination of America’s borders and boundaries. They want to take the wall down. They don’t want to have borders. They want to have sanctuary cities.”
President Trump brought up the successful construction of hundreds of miles of new border wall on the southern border, including in Arizona. Illegal immigration levels have considerably declined under the three-and-a-half years of Trump’s presidency, with the biggest change in illegal crossings coming after the administration reformed asylum regulations in the wake of the “caravan” mass formations of illegal immigrants.
Biden has pledged his support for sanctuary cities, and even gone so far as to promise a “deportation moratorium” that would effectively ensure the largest singular movement of illegal aliens across the American border in the nation’s history.
The President also highlighted new federal rules cracking down on the practice of birth tourism, in which wealthy foreigners secure access to the United States for the express purpose of giving their children birthright citizenship.
“We issued regulations to stop the horrible practice of birth tourism. You know what that is, right? Anchor babies … Have a baby in our country and you’ll stay for the rest of your life. Congratulations, you’re a citizen for 90 years,” Trump said.
The Trump campaign organized the event in a large airplane hanger in order to allow for social distancing practices. It reached 122 degrees in the Arizona heat, and the President remarked that he couldn’t possibly imagine the genteel Democratic contender speaking in such conditions. Biden spoke via livestream from his Delaware home for a Democratic convention event on Tuesday.
Biden DHS Secretary to Illegal Immigrants: “We’re Not Saying ‘Don’t Come,’ We’re Saying ‘Don’t Come Now'”
Did he just endorse illegal immigration?
Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, appeared at Monday’s White House press briefing to give an overview of what he and the DHS are doing to “replace the cruelty” of the Trump administration’s immigration processes and to take questions from reporters.
In response to a reporter’s question about how he was going to rebuild the DHS and reunite families, Mayorkas began by saying that they are “progressing every single day” on building a system to accept “asylum seekers”—read: illegal immigrants—through ports of entry.
“We are progressing every single day. I don’t have a particular timeline, but all I can do is communicate, both to the American public and to the individuals seeking protection, that we are working around the clock seven days a week to make that timeframe as short as possible, but they need to wait. But they need to wait with a particular goal in mind. We are not saying ‘don’t come,’ we are saying ‘don’t come now,’ because we will be able to deliver a safe and orderly process to them as quickly as possible. There have been, I understand, approximately 105 families reunited in the recent past. That is through the extraordinary efforts of counsel and others in the community. We are joining with counsel, with members of the community to work on this.”
Another reporter asked Mayorkas if he thought there was a crisis at the border, to which he replied: “I think that the answer is no. I think there is a challenge at the border that we are managing, and we have our resources dedicated to managing it.” Despite the reporter’s pushback on his claim, Mayorkas reiterated that his team was working “around the clock” to address the issues confronting the DHS and that the level of illegal immigrants coming across the border constitutes a challenge, not a crisis.
Big League Politics has covered Mayorkas closely since his nomination to DHS secretary by Joe Biden. He previously said he would stop construction of the border wall and that he was unsure what he’d do with the amount of wall already built.
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