III. “Get immigration numbers under control.”
“When I am President we will listen to the people – not the special interests – and get immigration numbers under control, as the voters have demanded.” [Donald J. Trump for President Press Release, 03/07/2016]
Donald Trump’s crusade against immigration extends beyond building a wall and deporting millions of immigrants. Despite high-praise on the trail for immigrants who’ve arrived in the country through the legal process and a belief that he’ll poll very well with “the legals”, Trump actually wants to limit the admission of legal immigrants into the United States. Trump’s primary position paper on the issue cites the Center for Immigration Studies, a nativist organization that has blamed immigrants for all of society’s ills from terrorism to global warming. A cursory look at CIS’s studies show that their anti-immigrant agenda leads to widespread data manipulation to “prove” their point. Trump’s “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again” proposal outlines his position on legal immigration:
Every year, we voluntarily admit another 2 million new immigrants, guest workers, refugees, and dependents, growing our existing all-time historic record population of 42 million immigrants. We need to control the admission of new low-earning workers…
Despite Trump’s opposition to new immigration and guest workers, his own companies continue to seek additional temporary workers from overseas.
IV. “Total and complete shutdown of Muslims”
“Donald J Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.” [Mount Pleasant, SC, 12/07/2015]