Nativist anti-“open borders” rhetoric is a big lie

Source: Niskanen Center
by Will Wilkinson

“Donald Trump ran on promises to restrict immigration and build a wall on the U.S.-Mexican border. During the first year of Trump’s presidency, immigration hawks have pivoted (as immigration doves predicted they would) from targeting illegal immigration to attacking central aspects of the status quo system of legal immigration — diversity visas and family reunification in particular — in favor of a much more restrictive points-based system. Populist nativists, such as Trump and his media champions at outlets like Breitbart and the Daily Caller, get a ton of rhetorical and political mileage from railing against the specter of ‘open borders,’ and then constantly narrowing the definition of ‘open’ to include most every policy that allows the admission of any immigrants.” (01/05/18)