US President Donald Trump is advancing his anti-immigration agenda, even though voters say they are more concerned about the coronavirus pandemic and its economic damage.
The Republican president won the White House, in large part because of his tough stance on immigration, which is the cornerstone issue that makes his base alive. Despite the tremendous pressure from the world’s worst corona virus outbreak and the nationwide protests against police brutality and racism aroused dissatisfaction, his government has maintained this focus.
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Trump has magnified new issues during the election cycle, including law and order after the protests, and unconfirmed claims that the surge in mail polls caused by the corona virus will lead to widespread fraud.
Recent policy changes include the widespread closure of the US legal immigration system, such as blocking the entry of a series of temporary foreign workers and some permanent residents. According to Stephen Miller, the architect of Trump’s immigration agenda, with Trump falling behind in the polls, the White House is preparing for further restrictions before the November 3 election.
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In a new TV commercial released on Tuesday in Arizona, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, and Wisconsin and other early voting battlefields, the Trump campaign warned that Biden would be against people living illegally in the country. The support of the legalization of millions of immigration will make American workers suffer from intensified competition in a downturn in the job market.
This strategy confuses some Republican strategists who say that the election will mainly depend on the bread and butter issues. Trump’s uncertain fate is related to the United States’ inability to deal with the corona virus.
The Washington think tank’s Immigration Policy Institute said in an analysis of Reuters that before the pandemic, the government was changing its immigration policy at a rate of once every three days.
During the pandemic, this number increased to once every two days, and this included major changes to the immigration system and logistics, such as the temporary closure of offices that process immigration applications.