Trump Doesn’t Care About Immigrants Unless He’s Using Them As Props
August 25, 2020
Trump has repeatedly tried to cut legal immigration and slowed down the naturalization process.
Trump backed plans to slash legal immigration in half.
New York Times: “President Trump embraced a proposal on Wednesday to slash legal immigration to the United States in half within a decade by sharply curtailing the ability of American citizens and legal residents to bring family members into the country.”
US News: “Trump Proclamation Could Bar An Estimated Two-Thirds Of Legal Immigrants”
The Trump administration stripped citizenship from naturalized immigrants and questioned the citizenship of Americans living near the border.
Washington Post: “U.S. Is Denying Passports To Americans Along The Border, Throwing Their Citizenship Into Question”
New York Times: “The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had created an official section in its immigration office to strip citizenship rights from naturalized immigrants, a move that gives more heft to the Trump administration’s broad efforts to remove from the country immigrants who have committed crimes.”
Trump promised to speed up the legal immigration process, but instead wait times for citizenship have doubled.
TRUMP: “We have millions of people that did it the right way. They’re on line. They’re waiting. We’re going to speed up the process, big league, because it’s very inefficient. But they’re on line and they’re waiting to become citizens. Very unfair that somebody runs across the border, becomes a citizen, under her plan, you have open borders.”
Associated Press: “More than 700,000 immigrants are waiting on applications to become U.S. citizens, a process that once typically took about six months but has stretched to more than two years in some places under the administration of President Donald Trump.”
The Trump administration used coronavirus to essentially bring citizen naturalizations, and now many won’t get an opportunity to vote in November.
CNN: “After U.S. Citizenship Ceremonies Were Halted Due To Coronavirus Pandemic, Thousands May Be Kept From Voting In 2020 Election”
New York Times: “Now Mr. Kiefer is among thousands of citizens-in-waiting who, amid a ballooning backlog, may be unable to complete their naturalizations in time to vote in the 2020 election. An estimated 650,000 citizenship applications were pending in the first quarter of the 2020 fiscal year, which ended Dec. 31.”