December 20, 2017
Think Trump has gone soft? Think again.
There was a period after the election where Trump seemed to have softened up his rhetoric on DACA and immigration in general, and it rightfully caused everyone to panic. After all, immigration is the number one priority not only for the Alt-Right, but for the Republican base who elected him.
But it’s become increasingly clear that this was only a tactical move, and that there is no intention whatsoever of giving the beaners a break. Not only is the Trump administration going forward with their anti-immigration agenda, but they’ve actually radicalized their message over the past few weeks.
President Donald Trump and his administration have been sending a message in recent weeks: Trump’s campaign rhetoric on immigration was not just talk. In fact, it was just the beginning.
Trump has never shied from his attacks on illegal immigration, which, alongside a US-Mexico border wall, was a core component of his campaign.
But doubts existed about his commitment level, as some of the more aggressive proposals considered by the administration languished in bureaucratic morass and as he said strongly favorable things about recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program in September as he opted to end it.
Of late, however, Trump and the administration have upped their rhetoric on immigration.
CHAIN MIGRATION must end now! Some people come in, and they bring their whole family with them, who can be truly evil. NOT ACCEPTABLE! pic.twitter.com/PQGeTTdRtX
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 1, 2017
Trump has railed in several instances against “chain migration” and lotteries for green cards. His administration is moving to alter a program for the spouses of high-skilled visa holders. And the White House and Congress remain far apart on how to address DACA.
In mid-September, Trump wrote, “Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military?”
But since then, he has insisted on controversial immigration reduction proposals that would have a hard time passing even among some Republicans, including drastically cutting the overall number of green cards given out annually and transforming the way they are given out, placing a heavy emphasis on only highly skilled, English-speaking immigrants and not low-skilled individuals.
Groups that have long advocated for reducing overall immigration are energized.
I’m feeling energized. How about you?
Trump campaigned mostly on stopping illegal immigration and deporting the criminals who are already here. But he’s now talking about dismantling all these legal immigration programs as well and replacing them with systems that would end up allowing mostly White people entry into the united states.
If anything, this means that the campaign rhetoric wasn’t simply a way to earn votes from White people – it also reflects both Trump’s beliefs and his intentions.