Trump’s Proposed Second-Term US Immigration Crackdown: A Comprehensive Overview

May 29, 2024
US Immgration

As the Americans prepare for the sixth presidential election in 2024, former President Donald Trump has laid down some major measures that he wants to take towards the overhaul of the US immigration system in case he is elected again. Some of the major policies include the commitment to end the practice of granting immunity to undocumented immigrants, deportation of undocumented immigrants, and the limit of legal immigration to native-born Americans.

Border Enforcement Measures

Trump wants to bring back the “Remain in Mexico” Policy which forces non-Mexican immigrants seeking asylum to stay in Mexico until their cases are decided. Also, he intends to reinstate the Title 42 policy, which means that migrants have to be expelled back to Mexico without an opportunity to make the asylum request. These emergency measures are justified by pointing to record levels of migration along the border, as well as dangers posed by drug trafficking and exploitation of minors.

Mass Deportations

Trump plans to deport more immigrants than any other president in the United States; however, the focus will be placed on criminals with an intention to deport millions of immigrants. This action may require calling in the National Guard and possibly the Federal troops, an action that would be challenged in court. The resettlement of criminals and those believed to have connections with gangs using the little-known Alien Enemies Act of 1789 is more evidence of the administration’s crackdown on immigration.

Travel Bans and Ideological Restrictions

Trump intends to increase the extent of the bans regarding travel targeting specific countries or possessing some ideologies based on the Supreme Court Case. Possible targets are countries that may pose some form of threat to security in the region such as the Gaza Strip and Syria. Moreover, Trump aims to ban entry for those who have financially supported groups such as Hamas and any ideas that are antithetical to the US Constitution like communism and socialism.

Restricting Legal Immigration

To continue with the efforts of restricting the citizenship and refugee programs Trump has recommended that children born to the undocumented individuals will not automatically be citizens of that country- this would attract a legal battle. He also plans to reduced refugee quotas and the parole programmes and calls for a merit-based immigration system in which American skills will come first.

Family Separation Policy

Even as Trump has not completely dismissed the possibility of bringing back the ‘zero tolerance policy’ that resulted in the separation of families at the border, noted Republican stalwarts have significant concerns about the same. Currently, family separation policy is still under debate of the government, Biden administration signed a settlement agreement with some families and has prohibited such separations for at least eight years.

DACA and Dreamers

The efforts of Trump that he made to try to dismantle the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which shields immigrants from deportation) who came to the US as children, were halted by the Supreme Court. Nevertheless, the strategy on DACA and the Dreamers in the future is still unknown, which causes anxiety among the immigrants about their further possibility of staying in the US.


The measures outlined by Trump regarding the second term immigration further cements his administrations’ stance on the US border security and immigration. Although these policies have been adopted to address perceived risks and improve national security, they must also take into consideration humanitarian interests and effects on immigrant populations. As the situation stands, these proposals are unlikely to be the last, and as the US electorate considers the ideas on the table in this election, the future of immigration policy in this country and its impact on immigrants, stakeholders, and society at large remain to be seen.



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