Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Mexican Attitudes and Policies during the First 18 Months of the Trump Administration

Mónica Verea

Abstract


Trump’s destructive anti-immigrant and “Mexican-phobic” rhetoric has been the common denominator justifying the wide variety of executive orders he has signed and the highly punitive directives he has established as part of his hard-line immigration policy, which has played a leading role during his first eighteen months as president. Without Congress approval, he has made several moves and imposed numerous actions such as: a significant increase in the criminalization of immigrants; an important rise in detentions of non-criminal undocumented migrants; aggressive responses to sanctuary policies; the ending of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) of more than one million immigrants; an important decrease in refugee admissions; a ban imposed on Muslims entering US territory; the unhuman and exceedingly cruel separation of families at the border, among other measures that I will describe throughout this essay. As president, Trump has enjoyed a broad discretion implementing his aggressive hard-line immigration policy like never before; nevertheless, divisions within Congress and some objections from the courts have been crucial to stop his harsh anti-immigrant policies. Trump’s actions have negatively affected immigrants, mainly of Mexican and Muslim origin, significantly damaging the historically strong bilateral relationship between the U.S. and México.

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immigration policies; Anti-Immigrant attitudes; Trump Administration; DACA; TPS;

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.22201/cisan.24487228e.2018.2.335

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