February 27, 2019

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Missing from Trump's wall war: What immigration hawks really want: The failure could cost Trump critical standing among conservatives demanding results on border security as he heads into 2020. (NANCY COOK and GABBY ORR 02/26/2019, Politico)

Over two years in the White House, Trump has struggled to execute numerous agenda items long on immigration hardliners' wish list -- like finalizing stricter regulations, overhauling the immigration court system, adding additional surveillance technology to the border, doing away with sanctuary cities and making sure employers electronically check the immigration status of all workers.

Instead, Trump has picked high-profile battles over a southern border wall and banning travelers from certain Muslim-majority countries that generated controversy and whipped up parts of his base, but did not do much to stem the flow of illegal immigrants. In fact, the number of illegal crossings at the southern border rose this past fall to levels not seen since 2014 under President Barack Obama, although they still remain low relative to historic numbers.

"The focus on the wall is a bit myopic," said RJ Hauman, director of government relations at FAIR, a group that seeks to reduce immigration overall. "They are right to pursue fencing in some areas, but we need to remember: It is just one little cog in a much broader approach. Sometimes the wall can suck all of the air out of the room."

Often Trump blames this lack of progress on uncooperative Democrats, recalcitrant Republicans and activist judges. 

Posted by at February 27, 2019 12:01 AM

  

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