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Brief #113 – Immigration

By Kathryn Baron 

Trump’s Final Days in Office – the Beloved Wall  

January 18, 2021

Policy Summary

Shortly after the events at the Capitol earlier this month, President Trump traveled to Texas to observe the border wall that defined his presidential campaign. Rather than celebrate his ‘accomplishments,’ as defined by his support base, during his term – such as tax cuts, rolling back federal regulations, and transforming federal courts with the appointment of Conservative judges – he is harping on his border wall. Trump was advised to highlight his ‘successes’ in his final days of office but to no avail.

Analysis

President Trump has attempted to shift the blame for inciting the insurrection that occurred last week, but even Senior Republicans have turned on him. Chad Wolf, the former Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security resigned within a week of the events at the Capitol and will not be accompanying Trump to Texas. His frivolous trip to the border will only further fuel the violence and lead to more harm.

Engagement Resources

  • The National Immigration Law Center: an organization that exclusively dedicates itself to defending and furthering the rights of low income immigrants and strives to educate decision makers on the impacts and effects of their policies on this overlooked part of the population.
  • Border Network for Human Rights: network to engage education, organization and participation of border communities to defend human rights and work towards a society where everyone is equal in rights and dignity.
  • The ACLU: a non-profit with a longstanding commitment to preserving and protecting the individual rights and liberties the Constitution and US laws guarantee all its citizens. You can also donate monthly to counter Trump’s attacks on people’s rights. Recently, the ACLU has filed a lawsuit challenging the separation of families at the border.
  • Center for Disease Control: the CDC provides updated information surrounding COVID-19 and the US responses.
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