The Image of America Yanking Away the Welcome Mat Will Outlast Trump

Seen through razor wire, a U.S. flag flies near the International Bridge 1 Las Americas, which connects Laredo, Texas, in the U.S. with Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, July 18, 2019 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).
Seen through razor wire, a U.S. flag flies near the International Bridge 1 Las Americas, which connects Laredo, Texas, in the U.S. with Nuevo Laredo, Mexico, July 18, 2019 (AP photo by Marco Ugarte).
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President Donald Trump touts them as campaign promises he has delivered on, but by reversing Washington’s long-standing commitment to open markets and clamping down on immigration, he may have done permanent damage to the U.S. economy and America’s global reputation. Tariffs, especially against China, are now higher than they have been in decades. American acceptance of refugees is sharply lower, and the Trump administration has recently turned its sights on temporary foreign workers and foreign students. Although the tariff increases and some of Trump’s executive actions against immigration could be undone if his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, wins in November, […]

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