Donald Trump, like most anti-immigrant bigots, cover up their bigotry by claiming that they support immigration, but only if it’s legal (that he is actively violating the law on asylum is ignored, of course). But new numbers show that under his administration, we are turning away record numbers of legal immigrants.
At his postelection news conference, President Trump said of immigrants traveling to the United States, “I want them to come into the country, but they need to come in legally.” Yet newly released government data show that so far in 2018, the Trump administration is denying applications submitted to the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services at a rate 37 percent higher than the Obama administration did in 2016.This makes no sense: Depriving immigrants of legal immigration options works against the president’s stated goal of increasing economic growth.
A new analysis for the Cato Institute has found that the Department of Homeland Security rejected 11.3 percent of requests to the immigration agency, which include those for work permits, travel documents and status applications, based on family reunification, employment and other grounds, in the first nine months of 2018. This is the highest rate of denial on record and means that by the end of the year, the United States government will have rejected around 620,000 people — about 155,000 more than in 2016.
To add to the obvious hypocrisy, he’s doing this at the same time that Mar-a-Lago and his other resorts ask for Visa exemptions to bring in foreign labor for mundane jobs like waiting tables, absurdly claiming that they can’t find American workers who can do those jobs. Just like he rails against China and Mexico “stealing” our jobs while every product he sells with his name on it is made in those countries and others. It’s pure, self-serving hypocrisy.