Former President Donald Trump said he aims to reimpose a travel ban to prevent widespread riots akin to those recently witnessed in France.
Donald Trump made the pronouncement in a campaign speech delivered on Friday in Iowa.
“When I regain office, the travel ban will be reinstated, even more extensive and robust than before,” Trump declared during his speech. “We must prevent our shopping centers and cities from being targeted by acts of terrorism, and we won’t allow our farms to be pillaged. That simply won’t happen.”
The riots erupted in France following the police shooting of a 17-year-old who resisted arrest during a traffic stop in Nanterre, a suburb of Paris. The violence resulted in over 180 arrests, with numerous buildings, including police stations and schools, being set ablaze.
Trump further explained how he intends to prevent the United States from suffering the same fate as France.
“I had warned Macron about this inevitable situation during our first meeting,” he said.
In May, Donald Trump had made a similar campaign announcement.
On January 28, 2017, Trump initially implemented a travel ban that impacted seven countries with Muslim populations associated with terrorism. The Trump administration revised the order in September 2017 with Proclamation 9645, and added Venezuela and North Korea. The ban received a 5-4 approval by the Supreme Court in June 2018.
“We must also intensify our efforts to ensure that those who come to America share our values and assimilate into our culture,” Trump emphasized to the audience in Council Bluffs, Iowa. “We don’t want individuals entering our country who harbor hatred towards us; we desire those who love us.”
Trump later questioned, “Who would advocate for an open border, allowing the world to pour in and enable the influx of individuals with mental illnesses or convicted criminals into our nation? I mean, who would support that? How does it benefit us?”
The rise in immigration to prosperous countries has sparked growing backlash worldwide, fueling the growth of populist parties and exerting pressure on governments to tighten immigration policies in order to curb the influx.
Numerous regions, including parts of Europe, Asia, and Canada, have been actively encouraging more migrants to depress wages and counterbalance demographic declines.
However, the surge in arrivals, coupled with an increase in illegal immigration to the United States and Europe, has raised concerns among more voters. The influx, following the pandemic, has brought about societal changes, with some people attributing increased crime rates and higher housing costs to immigrants.
On Friday, the Dutch government collapsed due to the failure to reach an agreement on new measures aimed at restricting immigration, which has reached record levels. This has subsequently triggered new elections scheduled for the fall.
Anti-immigrant parties have recently gained power in Italy and Finland and have begun supporting a minority government in Sweden. Austria’s far-right Freedom Party is currently leading national polls.
According to a data analysis by the Wall Street Journal, around five million more people migrated to affluent countries last year than those who left, reflecting an 80% increase from pre-pandemic levels. This rise can be attributed to the easing of Covid-related travel restrictions, heightened labor shortages in developed countries, and worsening economic conditions in the developing world.
Trump recently introduced a new campaign proposal that aims to bar individuals identified as “communists” and “Marxists” from entering the United States. Trump stated that he plans to utilize “Section 212(f) of the Immigration and Nationality Act” to issue an order denying entry to all individuals associated with these ideologies.
This announcement bears resemblance to Trump’s previous travel ban targeting several predominantly Muslim countries during his first term. The earlier ban drew significant criticism for its perceived anti-Muslim stance and was ultimately rescinded by President Joe Biden.
During a speech at the Faith and Freedom Coalition’s conference in Washington, Trump emphasized the importance of immigrants loving the country they wish to call home. “Those who come to enjoy our country must love our country,” he said.