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Trump’s anti-immigration crusade diminishes the country. A second term would make it worse.

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In a new term, Trump would further seal the gates of a Fortress America

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9/11/20
Without the assent of Congress, President Trump has remade almost every major facet of America’s immigration system over the past three-plus years, slashing levels of legal and illegal arrivals; refugees and asylum seekers; Muslim and Christian migrants. He has sought to strip citizenship from naturalized Americans and subject “dreamers” raised in this country to deportation. He tried to deter illegal border crossings by sundering families, thereby traumatizing migrant teens, tweens and toddlers. If reelected, it is likely Mr. Trump would do more of the same in pursuit of a Fortress America hostile to newcomers — a goal radically at odds with the nation’s long-term interest and the views and wishes of most Americans. Only a small fraction of his border wall has been built, and Mexico has paid for none of it, but the thrust of his nativist vision has taken root in hundreds of rule changes and that have slammed shut America’s doors. In the process, he has stunted the nation’s traditional role as a beacon to people seeking refuge from tyranny and a pathway to success through hard work. The president and his advisers have justified their policy as a protective stance against migrants who would rob U.S. citizens of jobs and imperil their health. There is plenty of evidence to indicate that most Americans reject Mr. Trump’s fear-mongering and xenophobia.

More than three-quarters of the public — the highest level in two decades — say immigrants are good for the country, according to a recent Gallup poll, and more Americans want immigration expanded rather than cut. Mr. Trump poses as a paragon of strength, but his immigration policies, and the toxic rhetoric that attend them, are grounded in fear — a fear most Americans do not share. He conflates undocumented migrants generally with vicious criminal gangs such as MS-13, accusing Democrats of wanting them all to “pour into and infest our Country.” The specter of such an “infestation,” which evokes Nazi rhetoric that likened Jews to vermin, is a naked attempt to frighten Americans, and an invitation to vote their fears. Such fear is groundless. At the Republican convention last month, Mr. Trump presided over a naturalization ceremony for five newly minted citizens, a baldfaced attempt to slap a gloss of humanity on a president whose attacks on immigrants suggest he has none. Let no one be fooled. The tableaux of caged migrant children, torn from their parents’ arms, should be among the most enduring images produced by the president’s policies.

Never forget the cruelty of Donald Trump. The xenophobic and racist immigration policies of Donald Trump and Stephen Miller tore families apart and separated children from parents.

Thousands of those torn-apart families seeking asylum have never again been reunited.

Related: Gallup - Americans Want More, Not Less, Immigration for First Time
 

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Immigration/immigrants are great. I live in a majority Mexican American city and the people, here, are the best. When someone violates/disrespects our laws, though, it’s not something that can be broadly accepted. Isn’t/wasn’t there a ban on US citizens traveling to other countries? I have zero problem with that and would not support Americans sneaking in and violating the laws of those countries.
 

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Never forget the cruelty of Donald Trump. The xenophobic and racist immigration policies of Donald Trump and Stephen Miller tore families apart and separated children from parents.

Thousands of those torn-apart families seeking asylum have never again been reunited.
We have at least 10 million illegals. How many more millions would you allow in?

Also, how many live with you on your dime?

Spare me essays. Just the numbers, please.
 

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You cannot save everyone by bringing them to the US, just cannot be done.
 

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In a new term, Trump would further seal the gates of a Fortress America

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Never forget the cruelty of Donald Trump. The xenophobic and racist immigration policies of Donald Trump and Stephen Miller tore families apart and separated children from parents.

Thousands of those torn-apart families seeking asylum have never again been reunited.

Related: Gallup - Americans Want More, Not Less, Immigration for First Time


President Trump is all for immigration, legal immigration, that is.....he is just enforcing the laws on our books which make it illegal to break our laws and enter our country in the wrong ways. Remember those pictures of children in cages, were actually from the Obama/Biden administration.
 

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We have at least 10 million illegals. How many more millions would you allow in?

Also, how many live with you on your dime?

Spare me essays. Just the numbers, please.

Who is "we", exactly?
 

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Trump hires all kinds of legal and illegal immigrants.


He puts on the anti-immigration front so as to fool his anti-immigrant supporters.


There are 12+ million illegal immigrants in America. Trump has done nothing to deport these people. He deported a few criminals among them, but not the ones with clean records.
 
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