Democratic presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg seeks to remove rules that, according to officials’ testimony, help control illegal immigration across the southern border of the United States.
Buttigieg presented the immigration agenda he would set in motion if elected president of the United States. Accordingly, he would eliminate programs for staying in Mexico, bans on transit in third countries, and other current and previous measures.
In this way, Buttigieg would relax the legislation that would help curb the border crisis that had become a threat to the country and that the Trump administration is managing to control.
While he said he would eliminate the return of applicants to Mexico while their applications are being considered, Buttigieg does not present alternatives for housing the 50,000 applicants already in the country, and those who continue to arrive.
Another measure he intends to eliminate is one that also relieves the pressure of large numbers of immigrants on the country’s southern border.
For example, Guatemala is now accepting immigrants entering its territory from other countries south of its border.
Buttigieg, the mayor of South Bend, Indiana, who is openly gay, a millennial, and a veteran of the war in Afghanistan, would expand the entry to more immigrants.
“Whatever drives people to move across borders—opportunity, conflict, climate change, economic insecurity—we must welcome the stranger and respect the dignity of each person,” he said on his political campaign website.
For his part, President Trump has worked to control the threat posed to Americans by illegal aliens, including gang members who smuggle or traffic in human beings.
Trump holds Democratic congressmen responsible for the difficulties that past immigration policies have caused in the United States, which they refuse to address.
As a result of the Trump administration’s strategies, the entry of illegal immigrants has been stopped by 85%, according to acting U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Commissioner Mark A. Morgan.
“Immigration must be based on merit. We need people to help ‘Make America Great Again,'” Trump said in a tweet last year.