Heading into the 2024 election cycle, President Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant onslaught has sparked fresh alarm among immigration advocates. Led by an unprecedented number of executive orders and policies aiming to restrict immigration, the Trump administration has sought to reshape the nation’s immigration laws and practices in ways that defy public opinion.
The moves, which include the suspension of asylum protection, a ban on foreign students, and a freeze on immigration from majority-Muslim countries, are seen as having a chilling effect not only on potential immigrants, but also on their families and communities.
The changes, combined with the coronavirus pandemic and the economic recession it has brought about, have further limited the real-world opportunities of legal and undocumented immigrants. These restrictions and roadblocks to achieving legal residency or citizenship have prompted many would-be or current Americans to move to Canada or other countries.
As the impact of President Trump’s policies ripple through the nation, many fear that the damage done to the United States’ sense of self as a nation of immigrants could have lasting effects. With an increasingly diverse voting population, the election of a Democratic or even moderate Republican president could mean that these damaging immigration policies will become a major issue of contention in the 2024 election cycle.