Immigration Policy

Will the pandemic reduce the flow of undocumented immigrants into the U.S.?


The coronavirus health emergency has allowed President Trump to rapidly expand the restrictive immigration policies that he sees as key to his reelection prospects, drawing criticism — and legal challenges — from immigrants’ rights groups. Even before the United States became a global coronavirus hot spot, the administration’s anti-immigration agenda had reduced migration to the U.S.-Mexico border far below the levels that had threatened to overwhelm immigration facilities in early 2019. Supreme Court rulings over the past year have mostly supported the president’s moves to restrict the number of foreigners entering the country and to use Defense Department funds for a border wall. Former Vice President Joe Biden says he would undo most of Trump’s immigration policies if he wins this year’s election.

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