Former President Donald Trump promised a significant change to American border policy if he were elected to a second term in 2024. During this weekend’s Faith & Freedom Coalition’s Road to a Majority Conference, the former president promised to end birthright citizenship for the children of illegal aliens and a significant military and law enforcement deployment to the southern border.
Trump promised that the children of aliens in the United States illegally would not automatically receive American citizenship.
“I’ve already announced that I will sign on day one an executive order ending automatic citizenship for the children of illegal aliens,” Trump said. “You have to do it. We’re the only country in the world that does it.”
The candidate also vowed to deploy federal resources to the southern border, saying that he would “shift massive portions of the existing federal law enforcement apparatus to immigration enforcement.”
Trump specifically promised that he would deploy “thousands of troops” to the southern border, as well as using the resources of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF), the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
“I will issue a policy directive making clear that our core national defense mission is to protect American sovereignty, and therefore we must use any and all resources necessary to stop this incredible, incredible invasion,” the former president said.
Trump also promised a return to the Title 42 asylum policy implemented during his tenure. The policy played a significant role in reducing the flow of migrants into the country. Earlier this year, President Joe Biden ended the policy, causing a significant flow of illegal immigrants at the southern border.
President Trump will fully implement Title 42 across the ENTIRE southern border on Day One! pic.twitter.com/E5TRqSkJSC
— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) June 25, 2023
This, combined with a number of other immigration policies used during the Trump administration, the former president said that he would reimplement “the prosecution policy which saw a record number of prosecutions of illegal aliens who had to leave the country.”
“We want people to come into our country, but we want them to come into our country legally,” Trump said.
Trump also stated that he would return trafficked children “to their families in their home countries immediately.”