Published November 12, 2023
A mass deportation operation. A new Muslim ban. Tariffs on all imported goods and “freedom cities” built on federal land.
Much of the 2024 US presidential campaign has been dominated by the myriad investigations into former president Donald Trump and the subsequent charges against him. But with less than a year until election day, Trump is dominating the race for the Republican nomination and has already laid out a sweeping set of policy goals should he win a second term.
His ideas, and even the issues he focuses on most, are different from incumbent President Joe Biden’s proposals.
If implemented, Trump’s plans would represent a dramatic government overhaul arguably more consequential than that of his first term. His presidency, especially the early days, was marked by chaos, infighting and a wave of hastily written executive orders that were quickly overturned by the courts.
Some of his current ideas would probably end up in court or impeded by Congress. But Trump’s campaign and allied groups are assembling policy books with detailed plans.
A look at his agenda:
Dismantling the ‘deep state’
Trump would try to strip tens of thousands of career employees of their civil service protections. That way, they could be fired as he seeks to “totally obliterate the deep state”.
He would try to accomplish that by reissuing a 2020 executive order known as “Schedule F”. That would allow him to reclassify masses of employees, with a particular focus, he has said, on “corrupt bureaucrats who have weaponised our justice system” and “corrupt actors in our national security and intelligence apparatus”.
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RELATED: Trump plots mass detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants should he regain power
Published November 11, 2023
Former President Donald Trump is planning a widespread expansion of his first administration’s hardline immigration policies if he is elected to a second term in 2024, including rounding up undocumented immigrants already in the US and placing them in detention camps to await deportation, a source familiar with the plans confirmed to CNN.
The plans, first reported by The New York Times, would necessitate building large camps to house migrants waiting for deportation and tapping federal and local law enforcement to assist with large-scale arrests of undocumented immigrants across the country.
Should Congress refuse to fund the operation, Trump could turn to a tactic used in his first term to secure more funding for a border wall — redirecting funds from the Pentagon, the source confirmed.
News of the proposals comes after Trump at a rally in Florida on Wednesday promised to conduct “the largest domestic deportation operation in American history” and argued criminals were coming through the US-Mexico border and warned of “young, strong people that had bad intentions.”
And on Saturday, Trump vowed to sign an executive order, on Day 1 of a potential second term, to cease funding the provision of shelter and transportation for undocumented immigrants, saying at a rally in New Hampshire that he would redirect a portion of the savings toward “shelter and treatment for our own homeless veterans.”
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RELATED: Trump 2.0: A second term would see him pick more and uglier fights on immigration
Published November 12, 2023
Four years after he was elected on the promise to “build the wall,” Donald Trump left office with border apprehensions at their highest level in a decade, most of his immigration regulations stymied in court and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) still struggling to reach the deportation highs of the early Obama years.
Now, as Trump campaigns for a return, he is promising a second term with no holds barred. Though many of his promises are bluster, his four years in office are hard evidence that any administration dedicated to reducing all types of immigration has a lot of tools at its disposal to do so.
A future Trump administration could be most successful in cutting legal immigration, which he promises to do. He pledges to restore and expand the so-called “Muslim Ban,” this time barring immigration from even more countries. He could also use that authority to impose other sweeping immigration bans, making it harder for legal immigrants of all kinds — much as he did in his first term. And he could bring back the “invisible wall,” policies designed to throw sand in the gears of our legal immigration system and bring it down by attrition.
If legal immigration levels are cut dramatically, it would likely exacerbate our serious national labor shortage and make the U.S. a less desirable destination for the world’s best and brightest.