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US Podcast: Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants

US Podcast: Trump’s Crackdown on Immigrants
February 22
18:36 2017

Explaining the Trump Administration’s “sledgehammer to crack a nut” approach to undocumented immigration


As the Department of Homeland Security published guidelines under which almost all of the 11 million immigrants in the US are subject to deportation, I spoke with Julia Hartley-Brewer of Talk Radio about the Trump Administration and the crackdown.

See also TrumpWatch, Day 33: Homeland Security Outlines Immigration Crackdown

Listen to discussion

What Obama tried to do was get order in the immigration system.

What Trump’s doing is not installing order. He’s saying, “Let’s go wholesale and ensure certain categories of immigrants can be chucked out regardless of outstanding legal cases.”

He’s not trying to get back to a sensible position on immigration, and 11 million people are now in limbo with no legal recourse.

The guidelines not only might violate international laws, but also raise the question of relationships with other countries like Mexico.

Rally in Los Angeles, February 17, 2017

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Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas

Scott Lucas is Professor of International Politics at the University of Birmingham and editor-in-chief of EA WorldView. He is a specialist in US and British foreign policy and international relations, especially the Middle East and Iran. Formerly he worked as a journalist in the US, writing for newspapers including the Guardian and The Independent and was an essayist for The New Statesman before he founded EA WorldView in November 2008.

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