(ConservativeSense.com) – As Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley begins to unveil her plan to deal with the migrant crisis she also plans to visit the U.S-Mexico border next week to assess the situation from the ground.
Haley, who is the former governor of South Carolina and UN Ambassador under former President Donald Trump as well as a daughter of legal immigrants, will be the first presidential candidate of the 2024 election to visit the southern border in Texas on April 3rd, accompanied by GOP Texas Rep. Tony Gonzales. The pair will be making various stops along their tour of the Lone Star State between San Antonio and Eagle Pass where some of the most migrant traffic is occurring.
As part of her plan to secure the border and mitigate the influx of illegal immigrants, Haley proposes that the funding recently approved for almost 90,000 new IRS staff should be allocated toward hiring 25,000 new Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents instead. Another part of her plan proposes cutting federal funding to any state giving money to illegal immigrants, such as New York.
Haley also wants to mandate businesses to use E-Verify when hiring in order to verify workers’ U.S. citizenship and immigration status, which she made a requirement in South Carolina as governor. “That is what got them out of South Carolina,” she said, “because there were no jobs for them to come to,” and that such measures “will get them out of this country” by making sure no businesses can “hire anyone that is here… illegally.”
The fiscal year 2021 saw over 1.7 million southern border encounters, and over 2.3 million in 2022, with the fiscal year 2023 on its way to topping those numbers.
Republicans blame the crisis on the Biden administration’s policies. Haley wants to return to the “Remain-in-Mexico” policy of Trump’s administration, keeping migrants on the other side of the border as their immigration hearings are processed rather than releasing them into the U.S., ending the Biden administration’s “catch-and-release” policies.
Without a doubt, the border and migrant crisis will be one of the most significant topics debated during the 2024 election.
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