Democratic strategist: Trump prefers to make immigration about 'fear' rather than 'sober policy discussion'

Democratic strategist Roger Fisk said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report MORE prefers immigration to be about “scratching the itch of grievance and fear” rather than having a serious policy discussion on how to resolve the issue.

“I don’t think that the president is actually looking at this in a policy context,” Fisk, who served in the Obama administration, told Hill.TV in reference to Trump's approach to immigration. 

“Similar to almost every issue that he gets involved in, where it’s more about scratching the itch of grievance and conspiracy and fear than it is a sober policy discussion about what to do with our borders,” he continued.

Fisk added that that policy discussions over other threats, such as the flow of illegal drugs through the southern border, often go ignored in favor of Trump’s own declared crisis.

“When you look at some of the challenges with drugs and things like that are actually far more vulnerable than the southern border but all that real estate and policy discussion just goes completely unexamined,” he told Hill.TV.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Protection report released earlier this year, there was a spike in the number of drug seizures in 2018. Most of these illegal drugs came through legal ports rather than illegal border crossings.

Fisk's comments come after Trump announced in a series of tweets on Monday evening that Immigration and Customs Enforcement will start deporting “millions” of undocumented immigrations next week.

"Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in," he tweeted.

Trump also praised Mexico for stemming the flow of migrants at the U.S.-Mexico border and noted that Guatemala is "getting ready" to sign an agreement under which potential refugees would be required to apply for benefits in the country where they first land.

He added that the only ones not taking action on immigration are Democrats in Congress. 

"The only ones who won’t do anything are the Democrats in Congress," he tweeted. "They must vote to get rid of the loopholes, and fix asylum! If so, Border Crisis will end quickly!" 

Trump’s latest threat comes a day before he is set to officially launch his reelection campaign, which will take place in Orlando. Trump made building a border wall and immigration key issues throughout his run for office in 2016.

—Tess Bonn