Thursday, February 27, 2020

Trump's crackdown on legal immigration is the real story

Just a reminder I've been periodically updated this post for the past 1.5 years.

I really think the Trump Administration is doing more to restrict or discourage legal immigration than it is doing to stop illegal immigration. In fact, restricting legal paths to immigration is a sure-fire way to increase the number of people here illegally. So Trump's overall efforts will probably result in an increase in the undocumented.

Anyway, it is rare that I continue to update such an old post. But I find all the links to be useful. Again and again, I get into arguments with Trump supporters who insist that Trump is only going after "illegals." One trick that Trump does is he refers to legal immigration as if it was illegal. So, for example, those caravans crossing Mexico were people who were intending to present themselves at the U.S.-Mexico border and require asylum, which is a legal method of gaining entry to the U.S. But Trump (and the right wing press) kept calling them a caravan of illegal invaders. Don't let Trump supporters turn people who are trying to comply with U.S. law into criminals.