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NYT: Trump to Dig in on Divisive Issues for Midterm Push

NYT: Trump to Dig in on Divisive Issues for Midterm Push
(Amanda Voisard/AP)

By    |   Monday, 18 June 2018 10:38 PM EDT

President Donald Trump reportedly intends to make divisive issues like immigration central ahead of the November midterms — and is planning additional crackdowns before then.

According to The New York Times, Trump's allies believe trying to link Democrats to crimes committed by illegal immigrants and gangs like MS-13 will motivate GOP voters more than economic issues.

"People don't turn out to say thank you," said Corey Lewandowski, one of the president's top political advisers, the Times reported. "If you want to get people motivated, you've got to give them a reason to vote. Saying 'build the wall and stop illegals from coming in and killing American citizens' gives them an important issue."

Some in the party, however, are worried about the strategy.

"Somehow I don't think that putting kids in cages is likely to go over very well with suburban moms," Whit Ayres, a GOP pollster, told the Times, referring to the Trump administration's highly divisive zero-tolerance immigration policy that separates children from parents illegally crossing the southern border.

"A fabulously strong economy, a record stock market, ISIS defeated, and a world without any major wars that are killing lots of Americans on a weekly basis" should be the talking points, he told the outlet.

According to Politico, senior policy adviser Stephen Miller and a team of officials from the Justice Department, Department of Labor, Department of Homeland Security, and the Office of Management and Budget have been quietly meeting for months to find ways to strengthen hard-line immigration policies.

The goal, Politico reported, is for Team Trump to arm the president with enough data and statistics by early September to show voters he has fulfilled his immigration promises — even without a wall.

Among the ideas being circulated, Politico reported: tightening rules on student visas and exchange programs; limiting visas for temporary agricultural workers; making it harder for legal immigrants who have applied for any welfare programs to obtain residency; and collecting biometric data from visitors from certain countries.

In one plan under discussion, the Department of Homeland Security has proposed a new rule that former Obama administration officials and immigration advocates worry could be used as an end run center around a 1997 court settlement limiting the length of time migrant children can be kept in government custody, Politico reported.

Putting a formal government rule in place could in effect supersede the settlement, and allow the administration to get rid of it altogether by dropping the rule a year or two later.

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Divisive issues like immigration are going to be made central ahead of the November midterms, reportedly strategically by President Donald Trump, who is planning additional crackdowns before then.
border separation, protests, trump effect, politicking
Monday, 18 June 2018 10:38 PM
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