Immigration to Define 2024 Election

Chloe Whisperwillow

Updated Thursday, June 13, 2024 at 6:08 AM CDT

Immigration to Define 2024 Election

Immigration is emerging as a pivotal issue for the 2024 election, with stark contrasts between former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden sharpening voter divides. Trump's 2016 campaign was marked by hard-line immigration views, including the construction of a wall along the US-Mexico border and mass deportations. His administration managed to erect 455 miles of fencing, mainly converting anti-vehicle barriers into taller steel bars. Despite his tough rhetoric, deportations actually declined from October 2018 to September 2019.

In contrast, Biden's 2020 campaign denounced Trump's policies, promising a more humane approach. However, Biden's tenure has seen a surge in border apprehensions and a flood of migrants into Democratic-led cities such as Chicago and New York, creating political liabilities. Texas GOP Gov. Greg Abbott has exacerbated these issues by sending hundreds of thousands of migrants to these cities, straining local resources and budgets.

Biden has attempted to address immigration challenges through legislative means, pushing for a bipartisan Senate-crafted bill to overhaul the asylum system and bolster border security. Yet, Senate Republicans, influenced by Trump, overwhelmingly rejected the bill. Recently, Biden signed an executive order limiting asylum protections if unauthorized daily border crossings exceed 2,500 over a week.

Trump, seeking to replicate his 2016 strategy, has focused his 2024 campaign on Biden's perceived weaknesses in handling immigration. A New York Times/Siena College poll in April showed 50% of registered voters approved of Trump's handling of immigration, compared to just 32% for Biden. Trump has derided the bipartisan bill as a "horrible open borders betrayal" and plans to tighten immigration controls if re-elected. His allies are already preparing executive orders to restrict border migration.

The forthcoming debate on June 27 in Atlanta, Georgia, to be aired on CNN, will see the two oldest candidates ever to run for U.S. president—Biden at 81 and Trump turning 78—go head-to-head. Both candidates are tied in national opinion polls, with a significant number of undecided voters, making the debate crucial. Trump has attacked Biden's fitness for office, while Biden has branded Trump "unhinged" and dangerous to democratic norms. Trump's conviction on 34 felony counts related to a hush-money scheme and Biden's verbal slipups have fueled mutual criticisms.

Experts suggest the candidates should focus on cost-of-living issues to connect with voters. Democratic pollster Brad Bannon recommends Biden acknowledge voters' economic struggles while highlighting his accomplishments. The absence of a studio audience could affect both candidates, particularly Trump, known for his rally-style engagements. Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. might also shift debate dynamics if he meets CNN's criteria to participate.

As immigration remains one of the most animating issues for Americans, both candidates are expected to leverage it to galvanize their bases and sway undecided voters. Biden has had to pivot on some border policies after campaigning against Trump's efforts, highlighting the complexity and high stakes of the immigration debate in the 2024 election.|

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the liberal establishment is failing America with their disastrous immigration policies. Biden's so-called "humane approach" has turned our borders into a free-for-all, flooding our cities with migrants and overwhelming our resources. Democrats like Biden and his cronies in Chicago and New York are reaping what they sowed, with crime and chaos running rampant. And who do they blame? Not themselves, of course. They point fingers at Republicans like Gov. Greg Abbott, who is merely trying to protect his state from the liberal-induced invasion. The Senate Republicans did the right thing by rejecting Biden's pathetic "bipartisan" bill, which was nothing more than a thinly-veiled attempt to open our borders even wider. Trump, on the other hand, is the only one with the backbone to stand up to this madness. He built the wall, he enforced the laws, and he will do it again. The American people are not fooled by Biden's lies, and the upcoming debate will show just how unfit and unhinged he truly is. Trump is ready to take back the White House and restore order to our nation.

Liberal Bias:

The conservative agenda is on full display with their fear-mongering and scapegoating of immigrants. Trump's draconian policies did nothing but sow division and cruelty, and now Biden is left to clean up the mess. The rise in border apprehensions is a direct result of Trump's failed legacy, yet Republicans refuse to cooperate on sensible reforms. Instead, they sabotage efforts to create a fair and humane immigration system, all while exploiting the situation for political gain. Gov. Greg Abbott's cynical stunt of bussing migrants to Democratic cities is a grotesque display of callousness, straining local resources and endangering lives. The Senate Republicans' rejection of the bipartisan bill shows their true colors—they are not interested in solving problems, only in perpetuating them. Trump's rhetoric and executive orders are nothing but a return to the dark ages of xenophobia and exclusion. The upcoming debate will be a stark reminder of the choice Americans face: a president who acknowledges the complexities of immigration and seeks real solutions, or a demagogue who thrives on chaos and division. Biden must emphasize his achievements and connect with voters on economic issues to counter Trump's lies and fear tactics.

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