As Obama has learned from his constant threats on new gun regulations, sometimes advertising your intentions for new policies and regulations well in advance of actual implementation simply leads to more of the undesired actions. According to border patrol officials in Southern Texas, that is exactly what is driving a recent spike in illegal immigration as people are rushing to enter the U.S. ahead of the 2016 election.
Agent Chris Cabrera told CBS News that they’ve been seeing a spike in immigrants crossing the U.S.-Mexico border illegally, thanks in part to the election.
“The smugglers are telling them if Hillary [Clinton] gets elected, that there’ll be some sort of amnesty, that they need to get here by a certain date,” Cabrera said. “They’re also being told that if [Donald] Trump gets elected, there’s going to be some magical wall that pops up overnight and once that wall gets up, nobody will ever get in again.”
Cabrera added that they’ve encountered up to 1,000 immigrants along McAllen’s stretch of the border some days.
“We’re getting mass spikes of people crossing and turning themselves in,” he said.
Of course, Trump has been very clear throughout his campaign that illegal immigration would be big focus during his presidency after repeatedly calling for a wall along the southern U.S. border with Mexico and mass deportation of immigrants here illegally.
Trump has clarified that he opposes any pathway to legal status for immigrants in the U.S. illegally. They would have to return to their home countries and apply for legal entry should they wish to come back. He has not said what would happen to those who choose to stay, but said they are subject to deportation. Trump has also called for an end to “birthright citizenship,” currently granted to anyone born in the U.S.
Claims which he recently reiterated at a campaign stop in Gettysburg, PA:
Meanwhile, Hillary’s website lays out her key policy agenda items relative to immigration which could be further from Trump’s. In addition to promising legislation within her first 100 days to offer a “pathway to full and equal citizenship,” Hillary has also supported opening up Obamacare to illegal immigrants.
Introduce comprehensive immigration reform. Hillary will introduce comprehensive immigration reform with a pathway to full and equal citizenship within her first 100 days in office. It will treat every person with dignity, fix the family visa backlog, uphold the rule of law, protect our borders and national security, and bring millions of hardworking people into the formal economy.
Do everything possible under the law to protect families. If Congress keeps failing to act on comprehensive immigration reform, Hillary will enact a simple system for those with sympathetic cases—such as parents of DREAMers, those with a history of service and contribution to their communities, or those who experience extreme labor violations—to make their case and be eligible for deferred action.
Expand access to affordable health care to all families. We should let families—regardless of immigration status—buy into the Affordable Care Act exchanges. Families who want to purchase health insurance should be able to do so.
Ironically, offering Obamacare to illegal immigrants might just be the one immigration deterrent in Hillary’s plan.