Republicans are known for having unique views on immigration and proposing strict laws for accepting foreigners who come into their state. Political perceptions on immigration tend to differ in the US depending on who is talking about it. But it is a sensitive issue globally, especially to those countries that have citizens who are constantly flooding the US borders.
Republicans were very vocal about immigration during the reign of former US President Donald Trump. They made significant moves in trying to implement specific policies deemed to be favorable for Americans. As a developed country, the US is constantly faced with many foreign nationals seeking political asylum and greener pastures. Recently, Afghans were rushing to resettle in America after Taliban forces took control of their country.
According to the Republicans, immigrants are mostly to blame for several criminal activities in their state, and a significant chunk of them are behind bars. Also, these politicians despise relaxed laws that are more accepting of foreign nationals, which has caused a lot of pressure on essential services such as medical facilities, education institutions, housing, and power utilities. Since most of these migrants are not educated, they fill out high-density suburbs and usually participate in protests, as noted by some Republicans.
In 2021, it was reported that “Seventy-seven percent of Republicans said in a Feb. 18-24 poll that they want more fencing along the southern border with Mexico, up to six points from 2015. And 56% do not want illegal immigrants to have a path to citizenship, which is up 18 percentage points from a 2018 survey”. This is the same tune that was sung by Trump when he wanted to lock all the borders and ship all the migrants back to their homelands.
“Twenty-two percent of Republicans said in a March 10-11 poll they consider immigration to be the nation’s most important problem, up from 7% who said so in early February”. Due to the increase of diverse races in America, it was noted with concern how citizens from other countries are “flooding the American streets.” In August, Texas’ governor Greg Abbot, a Republican, made a bold decision to block the entrance of any vehicles ferrying foreign citizens into the nation. Other government officials criticized him, but he defended his stance as it protected Texans from covid-19 that travelers could bring in.
Another Republican, Ronald Dion DeSantis, serving as the 46th governor of Florida, shared the same sentiments with Governor Abbot. DeSantis commented on the open laws on immigration and blamed the Biden administration for inflicting coronavirus upon them by allowing migrants to settle in. He said, “Joe Biden has the nerve to tell me to get out of the way on COVID while he lets COVID-infected migrants pour over our southern border by the hundreds of thousands. No elected official is doing more to enable the transmission of COVID in America than Joe Biden with his open borders policies.”
Senator Lindsey Graham from the republican party does not have any kind words towards Biden’s immigration laws. He doled out his views soon after Biden took office and said, “Barely six weeks into the new administration, we already see an uptick in the number of adults and unaccompanied minors showing up at our southern border. The Biden administration is allowing unaccompanied minors to stay in our country rather than sending them back to their country of origin.”
This is a standard view where republicans want the government to send these migrants back to their country of origin. Some argued that only skilled people who can help drive the American economy forward should get citizenship. But since the US boast of possessing all the necessary personnel for upgrading a modern world and making itself great again, other republicans downplay the contribution of migrants in developing their country.
“Republicans see immigration as a critical threat to the country, say restricting immigration makes the US safer, and support using US troops to stop migrants from crossing into the United States” . From this perspective, it is crystal clear how the republican party feels about immigration. If these politicians are given sufficient authority, no migrant will ever set their foot on American soil, especially illegal ones who do not possess the proper documentation.