Deportations As A Negotiation Tactic? 🛂

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Continued Trouble @ the Border

In 2017, illegal border crossing arrests hit a 46-year low. However, since 2019 the US has reached a breaking point due to a drastic increase in border crossings. President Trump also announced that he would impose 5% tariffs on all Mexican imports “until...illegal migrants coming...into our Country, STOP.” He reached a deal with Mexico and some saw his threat of tariffs as a negotiating tactic to get what he wanted.

Deportation threat

Last week during his 2020 campaign kickoff rally, Trump announced that ICE would begin deporting “millions” of undocumented immigrants. He followed-up on Twitterthat ICE would be conducting raids in 10 cities to deport around 2,000 people. One day before the raids were to begin, Trump tweeted, “At the request of Democrats, I have delayed … Deportation for two weeks to see if the Democrats and Republicans can...work out a solution…”


LEANING RIGHT:

Fox News: Trump delays planned ICE raids to see if Congress can solve border crisis

Breitbart: Trump Delays ICE’s 10-City Immigration Raids for Two Weeks

The right choses a narrative that paints a picture of a president trying to work across the aisle by suspending the raids at the request of Democrats. Little focus is given on the situation of the “illegal aliens” (as the right calls those who are in the US illegally) and the likely impacts of the deporations.

LEANING LEFT:

Guardian: 'Death by a thousand cuts': Trump raid delay prolongs migrants' agony

Mother Jones: Trump Tries to Take Credit for Delaying the ICE Raids He’d Planned Himself

The left is strongly critical of Trump’s plan to deport “migrant families” (the word many on the left use for those who are in the US illegally) and continue to be critical of him once he announced a delay in the deportation raids. Outlets choose to focus on the “fear” and “pain” caused to migrant families.


Where's the common ground?

Despite Trump’s past actions towards stoking partisan tensions, his surface-level tweets about wanting Democrats and Republicans to work together provides a glimmer of hope towards common ground and perhaps a long sought-after bipartisan immigration compromise.

George gets it

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