18 August 2015

Trump's Anti-Illegal Immigrant Policy Gain Traction

Trump's Popularity Rises
Unlike other American presidential hopefuls, Donald Trump is clear on how he will deal with illegal immigrants when he gets elected: get rid of them.

During the wide-ranging interview that aired on NBC’s "Meet The Press", Trump released his formal plan for immigration reform, calling for a wall across the southern border to be paid for by Mexico, the de-funding of so-called sanctuary cities and the "mandatory return of all criminal aliens" to their home countries.

"In short, the Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners," Trump writes in a policy paper published on his campaign website. "We will not be taken advantage of anymore."

Among his plans, which is gaining traction as more and more Americans rally to his cause, are the following:

"Detention—not catch-and-release. Illegal aliens apprehended crossing the border must be detained until they are sent home, no more catch-and-release.

Defund sanctuary cities. Cut-off federal grants to any city which refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa. Millions of people come to the United States on temporary visas but refuse to leave, without consequence. This is a threat to national security. Individuals who refuse to leave at the time their visa expires should be subject to criminal penalties; this will also help give local jurisdictions the power to hold visa overstays until federal authorities arrive. Completion of a visa tracking system – required by law but blocked by lobbyists – will be necessary as well.

End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration. By a 2:1 margin, voters say it’s the wrong policy, including Harry Reid who said “no sane country” would give automatic citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants."
Trump also added that he would send in U.S. ground troops to fight Islamic State militants, "police" the Iran nuclear agreement, ask potential Supreme Court nominees their thoughts on abortion and rescind President Barack Obama’s DREAM Act .

"The executive order gets rescinded,” Trump said last 16 August. "We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go."

While the first votes in the 2016 presidential cycle are still more than five months from being cast, Trump’s candidacy — if not his positions — appear to be resonating. According to a Fox News national poll, Trump (25 percent) has a 13-point lead over Ben Carson (12 percent) among likely Republican primary and caucus voters.