Trump is planning illegal immigrant detention and concentration camps, the New York Times reports

Former US President Donald Trump holds an election rally in Hialeah

Republican presidential candidate and former US President Donald Trump holds a campaign rally at Ted Hendricks Stadium in Hialeah, Florida, US on November 8, 2023. REUTERS/Octavio Jones acquires licensing rights

WASHINGTON, Nov 11 (Reuters) – Former US President Donald Trump, if re-elected in 2024, will expand his campaign against immigration during his first term to include large-scale detentions of people who will be held in large camps awaiting deportation, The New York Times reported. reported on Saturday.

The newspaper said that the report was based on interviews with several advisers, including Stephen Miller, who supervised Trump’s immigration policies during the first term.

She called Trump’s plans “an assault on immigration on a scale unprecedented in modern American history” and said they aim to deport millions of people every year, including those who have settled in the United States for decades.

Trump is the main contender for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2024, and he is likely to face US President Joe Biden in a rematch of their competition in 2020.

Trump’s campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The White House declined to comment.

In a statement, the Biden-Harris campaign described Trump’s immigration plans as “extremist, racist, and cruel policies” aimed at “stirring fear and dividing us, betting that a fearful nation is how he wins this election.”

The newspaper said that, among other measures, Trump will reimpose the ban on the entry of people from certain Muslim-majority countries.

It will revive other hardline policies, including rejecting asylum claims in the era of Covid-19, although this time the rejection will depend on assertions that migrants carry other infectious diseases, she said.

The newspaper said Trump is looking to speed up deportations through a massive expansion of a form of deportation that does not require due process hearings.

To assist US Immigration and Customs Enforcement in mass arrests of undocumented people, Trump will reassign federal agents and replace local police and National Guard troops volunteered by Republican-run states, the report said.

It will ease pressure on ICE detention facilities by building massive camps to hold detainees while their cases are processed while they await deportation.

The newspaper said that in order to finance the massive operation if Congress refuses, Trump will redirect Pentagon funds as he did with his border wall in his first term.

The newspaper said that Trump alluded to his plan during a rally in Iowa last September, and quoted him as saying that he would conduct “the largest internal deportation operation in American history” similar to the “Eisenhower model.”

That was the 1954 campaign named after a racial slur — Operation Wetback — to detain and expel Mexican immigrants.

Other parts of Trump’s plan call for screening visa applicants for ideological views, revoking temporary protected status for people from some countries deemed unsafe, and trying to end birthright citizenship for children born in the United States to undocumented parents, the newspaper said.

(Reporting by Jonathan Landay) Additional reporting by Andrea Shalal. Edited by Daniel Wallis and Alistair Bell

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