In a new analysis posted on Medium, Frank Sharry looks back at the debate over immigration policy and immigration politics and concludes that Trump’s xenophobia and cruelty have backfired.
He argues immigration and the pro-immigrant movement have confronted and survived the existential threat Trump and Stephen Miller posed to the very idea of America as a welcoming nation. Remarkably, as the Trump reign of terror comes to a close, Sharry asserts that America’s commitment to the embrace of immigrants is “stronger than ever.”
Sharry’s key points:
- The pro-immigrant movement survived four years of Donald Trump and Stephen Miller;
- Public opinion support for immigrants increased sharply during the most anti-immigrant presidency in our lifetime;
- In the age of Covid, there is newfound appreciation for immigrants as essential workers;
- As an electoral issue, immigration as a GOP dog-whistle go-to is more bark than bite.
Read Frank Sharry’s Medium post: “After Four Years of the Anti-Immigrant Trump, America Is More Pro-Immigrant Than Ever.”