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 June 10, 2024

Former US Envoy Warns Migrants May Exit US if Trump Wins Election

With the U.S. presidential election on the horizon, illegal immigrants are moving toward the southern U.S. border in anticipation of stringent immigration policies under a potential Donald Trump presidency.

Town Hall reported that concerns about strict immigration enforcement have prompted migrants to consider relocation, potentially to Canada if Donald Trump is elected.

Currently, migrants are hurrying to the U.S. border, motivated by the fear that the lenient policies of President Joe Biden's administration could be replaced by Donald Trump's strict immigration reforms. Trump has notably promised the "largest mass deportation effort" in American history.

Trump's Deportation Promises Stir Fear

Trump's campaign rhetoric has included plans to mobilize local law enforcement, the National Guard, and the military to deport nearly 20 million illegal aliens.

This aggressive approach has echoed his promises from the 2016 campaign, which were only partially realized.

The prospect of such sweeping deportations under a re-elected Trump has sparked widespread fear among immigrant communities, who believe this time, Trump's efforts could see more robust support from federal agencies.

Speaking at a security conference in Ottawa, former U.S. Ambassador to Canada, Bruce Heyman, emphasized the real threat of Trump's immigration policies leading to a mass exodus of immigrants to Canada. Heyman pointed out that Canada's more lenient border policies could become a refuge for those fearing deportation.

"These people aren’t just going to sit there and wait to be rounded up," Heyman remarked, suggesting that the fear of aggressive enforcement tactics under Trump could trigger a significant migration north.

The potential for increased migration to Canada has already had some observable effects, such as a spike in housing demand, attributed to the growing number of immigrants. This influx has also led the Canadian government to hire more foreign workers, which has had the dual effect of driving down wages for domestic workers and escalating living costs.

As the election nears, the discussions around immigration policies and their international ramifications are becoming increasingly urgent.

Observers like Tasha Kheiriddin have noted that Trump could potentially leverage support from sympathetic officials within the Department of Homeland Security to ensure the implementation of his policies.

Economic Impact and Social Challenges

The possible migration to Canada in response to a Trump victory could exacerbate existing economic and social challenges in both the U.S. and Canada.

Lower wages and higher living costs could lead to broader economic implications for the Canadian economy, already strained by the increased demand for affordable housing.

The debate over immigration policy and its effects on international relations continues to be a pivotal issue as the U.S. election approaches, highlighting the interconnectedness of policies and their cross-border impacts.

For more in-depth analysis and updates, stay tuned to our coverage of the U.S. elections and international policy implications.
Written By:
Christina Davie

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