Don’t Blame Trump for the GOP’s—and America’s—Hostility to Immigration

Donald Trump announcing a bid to be GOP nominee for president in 2024 with an anti-immigration messaging
Former President Donald Trump, seen in reflection, announces he is running for president in 2024, in Palm Beach, Fla., Nov. 15, 2022 (AP photo by Andrew Harnik).

Whether or not Donald Trump is on the way out as the leader of the Republican Party remains to be seen. But the policy views he espoused first as a candidate in 2016 and then as president from 2017 to 2021 are not. This will be especially evident when it comes to the cornerstone of “Trumpism”: opposition to immigration.

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