Immigration is one of the crucial issues as the country moves toward the 2020 elections, and President Trump’s position on the issue could well determine the election results.
Media group Axios questioned a group of 12 swing voters to discuss their main issues as the next election looms. On the discussion of President Trump’s handling of illegal immigration—Axios may have been surprised with their answers. It turned out the majority were in agreement—the president was handling the immigration crisis “professionally and responsibly.”
The voters came from Warren, Michigan, in Macomb County. According to Axios, Warren is one of the most divided areas in the county, in 2016 they voted for Hilary Clinton by almost 10 points, but Macomb County clearly voted for Trump, he won by 48,351 votes.
Discussion among the group was strong on the question of whether illegal immigrants should be given free items, and according to Axios, eight swing voters agreed with this statement: “When we give migrants food, clothing, toiletries, and shelter, all we’re doing is encouraging more of them to come to the U.S., and we don’t want that.”
When the Democrats proposal of giving free health care to illegal aliens was raised, the discussion was again fiery. “Why would you want to give it to another person from a different country for free?” Larry S. asked.
“Give them free benefits, this that and the other thing. That is ridiculous,” said Rhonda H. “They’ll come from anywhere and get a house and a car, too.”
It was clear to some that problems in our own country should take priority, “I don’t want to be a jerk,” said Rhonda H.
“I feel terrible for these people, but there are people in this country who are struggling to survive. We need to focus on the United States,” Paul T. “We need to focus on Americans and not the immigrants,” said Paul T.
Even one voter, Anthony O., who hadn’t fully agreed with the president’s handling of the immigration issue, had come around in his thinking, “His stance on immigration is a little too far for me, but I tend to agree with it,” he said.
During the presidential debate on Thursday, June 27 on NBC, all 10 Democratic presidential candidates raised their hands in agreement to providing health care to illegal immigrants. President Trump was quick to reply on Twitter, “All Democrats just raised their hands for giving millions of illegal aliens unlimited health care. How about taking care of American Citizens first!? That’s the end of that race!”
Former Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson, who served during Obama’s second term, criticized party members, and said, according to the Washington Post, “That is tantamount to declaring publicly that we have open borders,” adding “That is unworkable, unwise, and does not have the support of a majority of American people or Congress, and if we had such a policy, instead of 100,000 apprehensions a month, it will be multiples of that.”