REMINDER: Pence Stood by Trump as They Gutted the U.S. Immigration System
September 28, 2023
As vice president, Pence stood alongside Donald Trump as their administration sabotaged the U.S. immigration system — letting families suffer as a result of their cruel, inhumane policies.
Pence wants to bring back the immigration policies of the Trump administration, which was the most anti-immigrant administration in decades.
Associated Press: “The Trump administration was more hostile to immigration and immigrants than any administration in decades, making it harder for people to visit, live or work in the United States and seeking to reduce the number illegally entering the country… People were denied the opportunity to apply for asylum and returned to dangerous conditions at home. Children were traumatized by being separated from their families. Trump’s signature border wall went up in environmentally sensitive areas.”
Axios: “Mike Pence calls for return to Trump-era immigration policies in Phoenix speech.”
Mike Pence stood by Trump as he implemented an extreme travel ban on several Muslim-majority countries and sought to end DACA.
CNN: “Pence ‘very supportive’ of latest version of Muslim ban”
NY Daily News: “The former Indiana governor smiled and clapped his hands at a Friday ceremony where President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. As Trump explained the order, saying it is meant to ‘keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the United States of America,’ Pence stood by his side and nodded in agreement.”
Politico: “Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday evening echoed President Donald Trump’s criticisms of a federal judge that blocked the administration’s attempt to wind down protections for young undocumented immigrants.[…] San Francisco-based U.S. District Court Judge William Alsup on late Tuesday ordered the Trump administration to resume accepting Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals renewal applications, but did not require new applications to be accepted. Pence said that Congress will ultimately make the decision on DACA and that the Supreme court would uphold that law.”
The Trump-Pence administration left behind a massive backlog in immigration cases as their policies damaged the U.S. immigration system.
TRAC: “Trump Leaves Biden 1.3 Million Case Backlog in Immigration Courts”
Politico Magazine: “But an analysis of court data by The Marshall Project shows that under the Trump administration, the immigration court backlog has grown much faster in one year than the inflow of migrants—at a rate almost three times that of new cases coming into the courts. According to interviews with judges, lawyers and court staff, many of the moves by the administration—designed to accelerate the courts and eliminate policies from President Barack Obama—have slowed them even more, making it harder for judges to move cases efficiently, extending processing times and compounding a nationwide backlog that has grown by 68 percent under President Trump to nearly 877,000 cases.”