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As Donald Trump prepares to take center stage and launch his 2024 campaign and reassert his control of the Republican Party in his persona. This mindset also infused Republican electoral campaigns up and down the ballot in 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. It was a strategy that largely backfired.  Along with that ugly rhetoric, Trump’s… Continue »

We know what the Biden administration is doing on immigration. But do we know why they are doing it? Last week, the administration announced it will begin admitting thousands of asylum-seekers who have been stuck in dangerous conditions in northern Mexico. In addition, the administration announced that it will jumpstart the decimated refugee resettlement program… Continue »

On Saturday, federal judge Nicholas Garaufis ruled that Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf was serving unlawfully when he issued this summer’s memo restricting access to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. As a result, the DACA program may be  poised to accept first-time applications from tens of thousands of Dreamers who have been… Continue »

Key Immigration Politics Stories The significance of Biden leaning into immigration via the powerful new family separation ad: Why the new ad represents a remarkable shift in the immigration debate with Democrats feeling confident to lean in and go on offense. Why Trump’s xenophobia isn’t working in 2020 (despite Stephen Miller’s best efforts): Our answers… Continue »

Each Friday through Election Day, we disseminate this memo highlighting the key 2020 developments at the intersection of electoral politics and immigration Key Immigration Politics Stories Presidential Debate: On Immigration, the Contrast Could Not Be Clearer: In response to the immigration questions, Trump revealed who he is and what his administration is about. Joe Biden… Continue »

Key Immigration Politics Stories Trump loves Dreamers so much he’s trying to deport them: Trump is cynically trying to pose as a champion of DACA while his administration is aggressively trying to end the program and subject Dreamers to deportation. Why immigration as a wedge issue has lost its edge: In 2016 and 2018, immigration… Continue »

Each Friday through Election Day, we disseminate this memo highlighting the key 2020 developments at the intersection of electoral politics and immigration Key Immigration Politics Stories Politicized DHS goes all in to aid Trump’s campaign: An AP story highlights how DHS’s illegally appointed acting leaders are driving a host of hardline immigration policies designed to… Continue »

NOTE: Of course the news of President Trump, Melania Trump and Hope Hicks testing positive for COVID-19 is the big story right now. But immigration developments never seem to stop. We summarize them and their political implications below.  Key Immigration Politics Stories Trump reaches for political comfort food: Trump has returned to his go-to strategy… Continue »

As we highlighted yesterday, when Trump and his GOP enablers get scared of losing, they reach for their political comfort food: they appeal to racism, traffic in xenophobia, and recklessly signal to White supremacists that violence in the service of aiding Trump might be necessary. We predict it will backfire politically. As the examples below… Continue »

Key Immigration Politics Stories NYT/Siena Finds Overwhelming Public Support for Path to Citizenship in GA, IA, and TX: Read this to find out why Trump’s xenophobia backfires. “Cornyn Con” Continues: Facing a close Senate race in a changing Texas, John Cornyn gets called out for lying about his support for the legalization of Dreamers. Trump’s… Continue »