Trump slides backward on promise to slow legal immigration

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During his campaign, President Trump promised immigration reform, which included stemming the current tide of legal immigrants coming into this country to work.

However, his actions as of late in which he has backed proposals to continue importing temporary contract workers for agricultural jobs go against that promise. And if a recent interview is any indication, then his words also denote his desire, not only to welcome new immigrants, but to bring in even more people from other countries.

In a recent interview with Economist magazine, Trump said, “We also want farm workers to be able to come in. You know, we’re going to have work visas for the farm workers. If you look, you know we have a lot of people coming through the border, they’re great people and they work on the farms and then they go back home. We like those people a lot and we want them to continue to come in.”

Ira Mehlman, communications director at the Federation for American Immigration Reform, pointed out, “The president was unambiguous in his [2016] campaign … one of the things he said was that he would support reductions in immigration.” Mehlman stated that his organization “will fight to remind him that he did make this commitment during the campaign and we intended to hold him to it.”

“Anyone following Trump’s primary campaign could have predicted this – he repeatedly justified guest worker visas of various kinds and stressed the ‘big beautiful door’ that would be built into his wall,” according to Mark Krikorian, the director of the Center for Immigration Studies. “Both the anti-borders crowd and some starry-eyed immigration hawks mistook Trump’s commitment to enforcement (which seems genuine) to mean he was also skeptical of the overall level of immigration,” he said, noting that mass immigration into this country hurts Americans.

A report in Breitbart denotes the need for Trump’s supporters to continuously pressure the president to keep his campaign trail promises, adding, “Trump will be more willing and better able to ignore or overcome establishment opposition and gradually get his agenda implemented stage-by-stage.”

During his inauguration speech, Trump promoted “Buy American, Hire American.” To that end, he has cracked down on illegal immigration, enforced immigration laws, and he is promoting merit-based reform with the goal of reducing the number of unskilled workers.

On the other hand, business leaders and even some of his advisers are pressuring the president to increase legal immigration, regardless of how it hurts Americans. In actuality, legal immigration has more of an economic impact on American workers and businesses than illegal immigration.

Approximately 1 million people immigrate to this country legally, including skilled and unskilled workers, costing billions of dollars and pushing millions of marginal U.S. workers out of the labor force, often sending them into lives of poverty, crime and opioid addiction.

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