Immigration & the border: How big a role will it play in the 2024 election?


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The United States is facing a crisis at its southern border, with a surge in asylum seekers overwhelming the system. Former New York City Mayor Micheal Bloomberg wrote an opinion piece in today’s New York Times on the matter, saying the Biden administration has failed to address the problem, and cities like New York are bearing the brunt of the cost.

Bloomberg goes on to say the current system prevents asylum seekers from working for a year or more, forcing them to rely on public handouts. This is not only unfair to the refugees, but it also harms our economy, he says.

Bloomberg further argues that Congress and the president need to work together to fix the asylum process. The system, he says, should be compassionate, fair, just, practical, rational, and humane.

Specifically, Bloomberg proposes that the government should:

  • Allow asylum seekers to work immediately.
  • Provide more resources to process asylum claims more quickly.
  • Share the cost of housing and services with local governments.
  • Work with other countries to address the root causes of migration.

Bloomberg concludes that, by taking these steps, we can help asylum seekers, support cities, and prevent xenophobes from gaining political power.

Given the importance of this issue, we decided to ask AI if and why border security and immigration will be top issues in the 2024 election. Here’s what Google Bard had to say:

  1. It’s a hot-button issue. Immigration and border security are two of the most divisive issues in American politics. According to a recent poll, 72% of Americans believe that illegal immigration is a “very big” or “somewhat big” problem. This means that it’s an issue that is likely to resonate with a lot of voters.
  2. It’s a partisan issue. Republicans and Democrats have very different views on immigration and border security. Republicans tend to be more hawkish on these issues, while Democrats tend to be more sympathetic to immigrants. This partisan divide is likely to make immigration and border security a major issue in the 2024 election.
  3. It’s a swing state issue. Some states are more closely divided on immigration and border security than others. These swing states, such as Arizona, Florida, and Texas, will be crucial in the 2024 election. Candidates who can successfully appeal to voters in these states on these issues will be more likely to win.
  4. It’s a Trump issue. Former President Donald Trump made immigration and border security a central issue of his campaign in 2016. He promised to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and to crack down on illegal immigration. If Trump runs for president again in 2024, immigration and border security are likely to be major issues in his campaign.
  5. It’s a policy issue. Immigration and border security are not just political issues. They are also important policy issues that have a real impact on people’s lives. The way that the United States handles immigration and border security will affect everything from the economy to national security.

These are just a few of the reasons why border security and immigration will be important in the 2024 election. It’s an issue that is likely to be debated heavily in the coming months and years.

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