Monday, February 4, 2019
The Trump administration has put forward a series of immigration initiatives, like no other modern President or perhaps any U.S. President ever. One might wonder what the overall goal is of the various initiatives. Here is one possibility.
As Jeff Stein and Andrew Van Dam wrote in the Washington Post last year, President Trump's proposal to cut legal immigration rates would delay the date that white Americans become a minority of the population by as few as one or as many as five additional years. The administration has supported the RAISE Act, which would reduce family immigrant visas and would eliminate the diversity visa program. Together, the changes would disproportionately affect immigrants from Latin America and Africa.
The Census Bureau projects that minority groups will outnumber non-Hispanic whites in the United States in 2044. The Post's analysis projects that, were Trump's plan to be carried out, the date would be between 2045 and 2049, depending on how parts of it are implemented.
I am working on an article with Rose Villazor on the war on immigrant diversity for a symposium in the Wake Forest Law Review. Stay tuned.