The main topic of heated debates in the last few years has been President Donald Trump’s anti-immigration policies. With four more years of Trump’s hardline policies in sight, many are concerned that these policies may continue in 2024 and potentially have dire consequences for the millions of immigrants living in the United States.
This fear has been fueled by the numerous anti-immigration measures President Trump has implemented since he first took office in 2016. From deploying additional troops to patrol the US-Mexico border to expand the travel ban and eliminate the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, Trump’s administration has made it a top priority to roll back any form of immigration.
Moreover, the Trump administration has firmly advocated policies of racial profiling and have consistently sought to limit the immigration of non-white people. This has resulted in a decrease of immigration from Latin American and Middle Eastern countries, as well as African countries. Specifically, the administration has sought to reduce the U.S. refugee program, which provides shelter for many fleeing violence and poverty.
Unfortunately, these policies have only served to worsen the already difficult living conditions for immigrants in the United States. The number of undocumented immigrants living in the country increased significantly in 2019 and the number of detained migrants has increased drastically in 2020. This is particularly worrying as many of these individuals live in overcrowded and unsanitary detention centers and are subject to horrific abuses.
It is for this reason that many are concerned about the future of immigration under a Trump presidency. With 2022 fast approaching and 2024 drawing nearer, the fate of millions of immigrants living in the United States will be in the hands of the nation’s next president. Only time will tell what fate will befall this population should Trump remain in office.