Donald Trump achievements: Immigration and border security (2020)

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Main article: Donald Trump achievements: Immigration and border security

This article is a list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to immigration, illegal immigration, and border security in 2020.

President Trump and his administration continued advancing conservative immigration policies in 2020.[1] Among other actions, Customs and Border Protection made combating extra-continental migration a priority for 2020,[2] and it worked to end "catch-and-release."[3] The Labor Department increased its scrutiny of attempts by companies to import foreign labor.[4]

Executive actions, 2020

Illegal immigration

The Trump Administration took actions related to illegal immigration enforcement:

  • January 2, 2020—The Trump Administration began fully enforcing its "Remain in Mexico" policy along Arizona's border with Mexico.[5]
  • January 6, 2020—The U.S. Border Patrol announced it would begin implementing an October 2019 DOJ rule and collect DNA samples from certain migrants under U.S. custody.[6]
  • January 6, 2020—The DHS announced the U.S. would begin deporting Mexican asylum seekers to Guatemala to file their claims in the latter country rather than the U.S.[7]
  • January 9, 2020—The U.S. and Honduras finalized the implementation of an asylum agreement originally signed in September 2019.[8]
  • January 14, 2020—It was reported that the DHS had begun deporting illegal migrants from Tuscon, Arizona, to Guadalajara, a city over 1,000 miles away from the U.S. southern border, and that it planned on expanding the policy.[9]

Border security

The Trump Administration continued taking actions to strengthen and expand border security on the southern border:

  • The Trump Administration continued constructing new or improved replacement border barriers on the U.S. southern border. On January 10, 2020, the DHS announced it had constructed 100 miles of wall since the beginning of the Trump Administration.[10] The administration was assisted by a January 8, 2020, appeals court ruling allowing it to use $3.6 billion in military funds for border wall construction.[11]
  • In January 2020, the U.S. Army transferred multiple Black Hawk helicopters to the CBP for border enforcement and other operations along the U.S. southern border.[12]

Other achievements, 2020

hile the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

  • President Trump's America First immigration policies had benefited American workers by creating a tight jobs market which raised the wages of American workers.[13]
  • The Mexican government continued to help reduce illegal immigration levels to the U.S.[14]

Setbacks, 2020

The following setbacks to the MAGA agenda were often caused by Congress or officials in the Trump Administration, rather than President Trump himself. Some of them can also be considered partial achievements.

  • Left-wing federal courts continued ruling against President Trump's conservative immigration policies, engaging in judicial activism.[15]
  • As in previous years, some conservatives argued that the Trump Administration's immigration policies were not as conservative as Trump's 2016 campaign promises.[16]

References

  1. Multiple references:
  2. Bensman, Todd (January 4, 2020). In Case You Missed It, CBP Chief Confirmed 'Extra-Continental' Migration as a 2020 Priority. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  3. Munro, Neil (January 14, 2020). Customs and Border Protection Chief: ‘We Have All But Ended Catch and Release’. Breitbart News. Retrieved January 14, 2020.
  4. North, David (January 7, 2020). DoL's Debarments Lists of Bad H-2A and H-2B Employers Get Longer. Center for Immigration Studies. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
  5. Multiple references:
  6. Multiple references:
  7. Multiple references: Mexico opposed the DHS's plan: However, Guatemala's president claimed his country had not reached an agreement with the U.S. on this matter: See also:
  8. Multiple references: See also:
  9. Multiple references:
  10. Multiple references: See also:
  11. Multiple references: See also:
  12. Multiple references:
  13. Ruesterholz, Scott (January 3, 2020). Trump’s Immigration Policy is Finally Putting American Workers First.Townhall. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  14. Multiple references:
  15. Horowitz, Daniel (January 10, 2020). Federal judges continue repealing 2016 election, declare open borders. Conservative Review. Retrieved January 10, 2020.
  16. Pauly, Deborah (January 8, 2020). Trump Needs to Get Even Tougher on Immigration. American Greatness. Retrieved January 12, 2020.
    President Trump also made some comments promoting increased legal immigration levels: