After a trip to Long Island, New York, Trump is supposed to re-address Congress about his position on illegal immigration on Friday. In visiting Long Island, Trump is hoping to draw attention to the MS-13 gang violence that stems from the county, and make it the prime case in his war against illegal immigration.
Trump is expected to address several requests and policy changes, most of which he called for throughout his campaign. He is supposed to ask for an additional 10,000 ICE agents, and a significantly larger amount of immigration judges in order to quicken the pace of deportation cases throughout the country. He will also ask for the repeal of federal funding and assistance from cities that do not cooperate with federal immigration law, namely “Sanctuary Cities.” Additionally, he will ask for the enforcement of Kate’s Law, a law that calls for harsher punishment for those who re-enter the United States illegally after already being deported.
The renewal of Trump’s crusade against illegal immigration comes at an apt time, after turmoil coming from within the White House this week. Trump’s dispute with Attorney General Sessions, the mind behind most of Trump’s immigration policy, has shaken the already unsteady support of several Republicans.
Our Verdict: After six months of almost no legislation being passed, his address to Congress on Friday looks like another attempt at finally pushing through some legislation. Trump narrowing in on his campaign-favorite topic of “cracking down on illegal immigration,” appears to be a tactic to re-excite his followers after he has failed to follow through on most of his campaign promises.