A Border Patrol agent searching a detained immigrant in Roma, Tex., last year. President Trump’s budget calls for $100 million to support over 20,000 Border Patrol agents, including money to recruit and train 500 new agents. Photo Credit John Moore/Getty Images

Trump Budget Takes Broad Aim at Undocumented Immigrants

Article in The New York Times
25 May, 2017

The exact opposite of what needs to be done, if one really wants to reduce – instead of further entrenching – underground labour markets, smuggling rings and undocumented migration.

“President Trump’s first budget offers up dramatic policy shifts and hundreds of millions of dollars to clamp down on undocumented immigrants living in the United States, denying them tax credits, jobs and haven while funding a deportation force and flights home for those being removed…

“In these dangerous times, our increased attention to public safety and national security sends a clear message to the world — a message of American strength and resolve,” Mr. Trump said in the message accompanying the document. “It follows through on my promise to focus on keeping Americans safe, keeping terrorists out of our nation, and putting violent offenders behind bars…”

Immigrant advocacy groups argue that the proposal, like the rest of Mr. Trump’s budget, is less a considered attempt to promote security and safety than an effort to use every means at the president’s disposal to sow fear and create chaos for undocumented immigrants and their communities.”

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