Since taking office, President Trump has been working hard to make good on his campaign promises. On immigration, Trump has already started work on fulfilling his promise to build a wall. However, keeping illegal immigrants out is just one part of the problem. Crafting policies to address the number of illegal aliens already here raises a new set of complications.
President Trump has promised to devote more resources to deporting illegal immigrants, starting with those convicted of crime. However, a stunning new report has provided details on just how challenging the task will be.
A report released Thursday estimates more than 2.5 million immigrants in the country illegally live in the metropolitan areas of New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, [areas] which have pledged to fight President Trump’s plans to expand deportations.
The study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center provides a glimpse of where immigrants in the country illegally reside and regions that could be most affected by Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration.
It also underscores the challenges Trump could face in rounding up large numbers of deportees because many areas that are home to large numbers of immigrants lacking legal papers oppose his plans.
Not surprisingly, a large number illegal immigrants live in cities that have vowed to protect them. This is a predictable consequence of providing an incentive to break the law. Despite the fact that President Trump has threatened to cut off federal funding to sanctuary cities, some mayors have refused to budge from their positions.
However, there are indications that the Trump administration is already starting to make progress on the monumental task, as noted in the article:
In Phoenix, immigrants are already starting to see tougher enforcement. A woman in the country illegally who was not targeted for deportation under the Obama administration was taken into custody Wednesday and sent back to Mexico, prompting protests at a local Immigration and Customs Enforcement office and seven arrests made by police.
Clearly, the problem was allowed to get out of hand under the watch of the previous administration. However, President Trump’s approach is already starting to pay off. With construction of the wall in motion, it will be harder for deported immigrants to return to the United States.
Just how the administration will deal with cities like Chicago remains unknown. While such roadblocks remain, work to solve the problem has finally begun.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]