Donald Trump’s plans if he returns to the White House include deportation raids, tariffs, mass firings

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Some of his current ideas would probably end up in court or impeded by Congress.

A mass deportation operation. A new Muslim ban. Tariffs on all imported goods and “freedom cities” built on federal land.

Much of the 2024 presidential campaign has been dominated by the myriad investigations into former President Donald Trump and the subsequent charges against him. But with less than a year until Election Day, Trump is dominating the race for the Republican nomination and has already laid out a sweeping set of policy goals should he win a second term.

His ideas, and even the issues he focuses on most, are wildly different from President Joe Biden’s proposals. If implemented, Trump’s plans would represent a dramatic government overhaul arguably more consequential than that of his first term. His presidency, especially the early days, was marked by chaos, infighting and a wave of hastily written executive orders that were quickly overturned by the courts.

Some of his current ideas would probably end up in court or impeded by Congress. But Trump’s campaign and allied groups are assembling policy books with detailed plans.

A look at his agenda:

Dismantling the ‘deep state’

Trump would try to strip tens of thousands of career employees of their civil service protections. That way, they could be fired as he seeks to “totally obliterate the deep state.”

He would try to accomplish that by reissuing a 2020 executive order known as “Schedule F.” That would allow him to reclassify masses of employees, with a particular focus, he has said, on “corrupt bureaucrats who have weaponized our justice system” and “corrupt actors in our national security and intelligence apparatus.” Given his anger at the FBI and federal prosecutors pursuing criminal cases against him, Trump probably would target people linked to those prosecutions for retribution.

Beyond the firings, he wants to crack down on government officials who leak to reporters. He also wants to require that federal employees pass a new civil service test.

The U.S.-Mexico border

Trump has pledged to “immediately stop the invasion of our southern border” and end illegal immigration.

As part of that plan, he says he would immediately direct U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to undertake the largest domestic deportation operation in American history. He would target people who are legally living in the United States but harbor “jihadist sympathies” and revoke the student visas of those who espouse anti-American and antisemitic views.

In a bid to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, Trump says he will move thousands of troops currently stationed overseas and shift federal agents, including those at the Drug Enforcement Administration and FBI, to immigration enforcement. He also wants to build more of the border wall.

Trump wants to reimpose his travel ban that originally targeted seven Muslim-majority countries and expand it to “keep radical Islamic terrorists out of the country.” In the wake of the Hamas attack on Israel, he has pledged to put in place “ideological screening” for immigrants. His aim: bar “dangerous lunatics, haters, bigots, and maniacs,” as well as those who “empathize with radical Islamic terrorists and extremists.”

To deter migrants, he has said he would end birthright citizenship, using an executive order that would introduce a legally untested interpretation of the 14th Amendment. The order would prevent federal agencies from granting automatic citizenship to the children of people who are in the U.S. illegally. It would require that at least one parent be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident for their children to be eligible for passports, Social Security numbers and other benefits.


Trump says he will institute a system of tariffs of perhaps 10% on most foreign goods. Penalties would increase if trade partners manipulate their currencies or engage in other unfair trading practices.

He will urge that Congress pass a “Trump Reciprocal Trade Act,” giving the President authority to impose a reciprocal tariff on any country that imposes one on the U.S.

Much of the agenda focuses on China. Trump has proposed a four-year plan to phase out Chinese imports of essential goods, including electronics, steel and pharmaceuticals. He wants to ban Chinese companies from owning vital U.S. infrastructure in sectors such as energy, technology and agriculture, and says he will force Chinese owners to sell any holdings “that jeopardize America’s national security.”

Foreign policy

Trump claims that even before he is inaugurated, he will have settled the war between Russia and Ukraine. That includes, he says, ending the “endless flow of American treasure to Ukraine” and asking European allies to reimburse the U.S. for the cost of rebuilding stockpiles.

It is unclear whether he would insist that Russia withdraw from territory in Ukraine it seized in the war that it launched in February 2022.

Trump has said he will stand with Israel in its war with Hamas and support Israel’s efforts to “destroy” the militant group. He says he will continue to “fundamentally reevaluate” NATO’s purpose and mission.

Transgender rights

Trump says he will ask Congress to pass a bill establishing that “only two genders,” as determined at birth, are recognized by the United States.

As part of his crackdown on gender-affirming care, he will declare that hospitals and health care providers that offer transitional hormones or surgery no longer meet federal health and safety standards and will be blocked from receiving federal funds, including Medicaid and Medicare dollars.

He would push Congress to prohibit hormonal or surgical intervention for transgender minors in all 50 states.

Doctors typically guide kids toward therapy before medical intervention. At that point, hormone treatments such as puberty blockers are far more common than surgery. They have been available in the U.S. for more than a decade and are standard treatments backed by major doctors’ organizations, including the American Medical Association.


Trump’s goal, he says, is for the U.S. to have the lowest-cost energy and electricity of any nation in the world, including China.

Under the mantra “DRILL, BABY, DRILL,” he says he would ramp up oil drilling on public lands and offer tax breaks to oil, gas, and coal producers. He would roll back Biden administration efforts to encourage the adoption of electric cars and reverse proposed new pollution limits that would require at least 54% of new vehicles sold in the U.S. to be electric by 2030.

And again, he says, he will exit the Paris Climate Accords, end wind subsidies and eliminate regulations imposed and proposed by the Biden admiration targeting incandescent lightbulbs, gas stoves, dishwashers and shower heads.


Trump has pledged to terminate the Department of Education, but he also wants to exert enormous influence over local school districts and colleges.

He would push the federal government to give funding preference to states and school districts that abolish teacher tenure, adopt merit pay to reward good teachers and allow the direct election of school principals by parents.

He has said he would cut funding for any school that has a vaccine or mask mandate and will promote prayer in public schools.

Trump also wants a say in school curricula, vowing to fight for “patriotic education.” He says that under his administration, schools will “teach students to love their country, not to hate their country like they’re taught right now” and will promote “the nuclear family” including “the roles of mothers and fathers” and the “things that make men and women different and unique.”

To protect students, he says he will support school districts that allow trained teachers to carry concealed weapons. He would provide federal funding so schools can hire veterans, retired police officers, and other trained gun owners as armed school guards.


Trump wants to force the homeless off city streets by building tent cities on large open parcels of inexpensive land. At the same time, he says he will work with states to ban urban camping, giving violators the choice between being arrested or receiving treatment.

He also wants to bring back large mental institutions to reinstitutionalize those who are “severely mentally ill” or “dangerously deranged.”

Public safety

Trump would again push to send the National Guard to cities such as Chicago that are struggling with violence. He would use the federal government’s funding and prosecution authorities to strong-arm local governments.

He says he will require local law enforcement agencies that receive Justice Department grants to use controversial policing measures such as stop-and-frisk. As a deterrent, he says local police should be empowered to shoot suspected shoplifters in the act. “Very simply, if you rob a store, you can fully expect to be shot as you are leaving that store,” he said in one recent speech.

Trump has called for the death penalty for drug smugglers and those who traffic women and children. He has also pledged a federal takeover of the nation’s capital, calling Washington a “dirty, crime-ridden death trap” unbefitting of the country.


Republished with permission of The Associated Press.

Associated Press


  • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

    November 12, 2023 at 6:16 pm

    Good evening Patriots,
    Don was a great POTUS and due to his age he will be transferring his voter base to the young DeSantis as we planned but not until we put on a show. When we finally make our move the Dook 4 Brains Left will be totally unable to react as it will be just like they were caught with their pants down to their ankles and their pudskies in hand.
    Boom and BooYah America:
    Ron and Casey in The White House Just Like That.
    Earl Pitts American
    *Don’t worry America “The Donald’s” Priorities and “The Ronald’s” are one in the same.*

    • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

      November 12, 2023 at 6:27 pm

      …. sorry America, I know what you all are feeling “Some Kind Of Way’ about.
      And yes you are right and I, Earl Pitts American, was wrong to omit what you have waited so patiently for.
      Have a great and productive new week my Patriots, Praise God every day, and …. wait for it …. wait for it …. go ahead and RELAX YOUR SPHINCTER’S my beloved Patriots.

      • Gary Burbank

        November 12, 2023 at 6:35 pm

        Thank you Sir for keeping Earl alive and kicking. It means a lot to a seasoned citizen knowing Earl still is giving them HEII.

        • JD

          November 14, 2023 at 6:01 am

          F@ck off Burbank and EarL with the big “L” for LOSER.

          Your corn bread sucked and the blues was subpar.

          • Earl Pitts "The Big Voice On The Right" American

            November 14, 2023 at 10:10 am

            Thank you, JD, for reaching out for help in your understanding of things of a political nature. Normally I, Earl Pitts American, would advise you, JD, to get back on your XBox Tower and leave important “Grown-Up” subjects for “The Grown-Ups”.
            However, JD, I sense that I may indulge your normal child curiosity and help you to grow up to one day become a fine upstanding asset to your community much like me, Earl Pitts American.
            As you have the lovely yet simple mind of a “Political Child” [often associated with an over-dose of Dook 4 Brains Leftism] I, Earl Pitts American, will keep my “Sage Wisdom” on the “KISS” level to better facilitate your child-like mind’s level of comprehension. **the KISS level: [Keep IT Simple Stupid] is the scientific name for when we dumd-down adult level subject matter to help children better understand.**
            “What’s that JD”? “OH OK, JD, if you are board and feel you have had enough “Adulting” for the day then, Yes, JD, it will be fine if you get back on your XBOX”.
            “What’s that, JD, the cheese-burger or the nuggets happy meal”? OK, JD, and don’t forget the toy and ketchup”?
            OK, I got you, JD, I’ll be back with your lunch in about .30 minutes, JD,.

        • Earl Pitts is a Pedophile

          November 14, 2023 at 12:55 pm

          Earl Pitts is a convicted child molester, but it’s nice that you have his back I guess.

      • Rick Whitaker

        November 14, 2023 at 12:57 pm


  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    MAGA Nirvana

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 6:57 pm

    “He has said he would cut funding for any school that has a vaccine or mask mandate and will promote prayer in public schools.”

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 7:00 pm

    “local police should be empowered to shoot **suspected** shoplifters in the act.”
    Ĺýncher. Scum.

  • PeterH

    November 12, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    He will never have the opportunity from his prison cell.

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 8:40 pm

    “require local law enforcement agencies . . . to use controversial policing measures such as stop-and-frisk . . .
    . . . blacks and browns.

    • Impeach Biden

      November 13, 2023 at 5:19 am

      Turn on the news at night or read the paper. Look who is committing most of the crimes out there. The truth hurts.

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 8:46 pm

    to fight for “patriotic education.”
    Curricula by the Hillsdale fascist madrassa.

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 9:05 pm

    would require that at least one parent be a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident for their children to be eligible for passports, Social Security numbers
    How this would work more insidiously for the racists is it would be interpreted that the child prove elligibility rather than the racists prove inelligibility. Born here? Now, questioned answered. But suppose you had to prove a parent was “legal.” Could–not too rarely–be quite a chore.

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    “ideological screening” . . . [to] bar “dangerous lunatics, haters, bigots, and maniacs,” as well as those who “empathize with radical [white supremacy] extremists.”
    Might be useful . . . in police hiring.

  • Michael K

    November 12, 2023 at 9:19 pm

    So much vile hatred. What saddens and worries me the most is the potential “American” voters who would take perverse delight in seeing massive death and greater human suffering, wallowing in ignorance, in the name and under cover of some twisted “god” who apparently justifies even more hate and sanctions ever more greed and violence. This is not conservatism, it’s radical christo-fascism.

    • My Take

      November 12, 2023 at 9:26 pm

      They are not hiding the fsscism.
      But you can safely bet the “christo” part is well on the minds of supporters. The “prayer in schools” is clearly an intentional draw.

  • My Take

    November 12, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    OK, Trumpy
    Let’s here more about the Trump concentration camps.
    How big? Population and area?
    Near railroads, for use of the tradional cattle cars? Or more modern, semis?
    Fenced of course. Chain link or concertina?
    Guards with full auto?
    Vicious dogs?
    Surrounding minefields? Claymores?
    Tents I take it.
    Any clinics, doctors, medicines? Even shams for show?
    Any legal assistance? Even shams for show?
    Any heat in winter? Warm blankets? Warm clothes?
    What kind of food? All MRIs? Expired?
    Who will run the camps? Any screening to avoid the Ilse Kochs?

  • My Take

    November 13, 2023 at 4:34 am

    King-Rat Trumpy’s getting lots of attention for using the tèrm “vermin” like the Nazis did.
    I do kind of hate seeing useful harsh terms stolen bý one set of users, in this case by those who are themselves well described by it.
    What nèxt, can we not any longer say, the accurate, “Republicans are scum,” if we discover
    Putin likes the term?

  • My Take

    November 13, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    What will the words be over the Gates of Hate into the Trump Camps?

    • Bwj

      November 13, 2023 at 5:31 pm

      Making America Great. Not quite as catchy as “work will set you free.” We’ll cease to be a republic on January 20, 2025 if Trump wins.

      • My Take

        November 13, 2023 at 6:46 pm

        You are probably correct.

  • My Take

    November 13, 2023 at 4:40 pm

    What will the first division (cà. 10,000) of Trump’s ethnic-cleansing troops be called?

    • My Take

      November 13, 2023 at 5:12 pm

      ᛋᛋ Trump

    • Bwj

      November 13, 2023 at 5:32 pm


  • My Take

    November 13, 2023 at 7:16 pm

    Ì think it was after the Valkyarie assassination attempt that Nazi Germany went to the loyalty oath to Hitler personally and the Heil Hitler salute. Trumpy would be tempted without any trigger.

  • My Take

    November 14, 2023 at 2:38 am

    Now the plan is fire up to 54,000 federal employees and replace them with MAGA stooges. Up from 40,000.

  • Sonja Fitch

    November 14, 2023 at 4:06 am

    Cruel and depraved as usual Desantis! Shut up sick demon. Lock him up!!!

  • JD

    November 14, 2023 at 6:02 am

    “But but but Biden is weaponizing the government.”

    GTFO of here.

  • My Take

    November 14, 2023 at 9:26 am

    The fascist-fecalia of MAGA GOP aŕe not physically up to goosestepping, but there is much else they can mimic. The propaganda and lying and hate is similar. Maybe the offiçers of the SS TRUMP ethnic-cleansing brigades will sport Sam Brownes.

  • My Take

    November 14, 2023 at 2:16 pm

    Our hope of course is that he will be a former–and known fraud– Manhattan big shot . . . headed to prison.

  • My Take

    November 14, 2023 at 2:21 pm

    Trump is “very very angry” over the trials (M. Haberman).
    Icing on the cake.

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