The Trump Administration and the War on Immigration Diversity

44 Pages Posted: 3 May 2019

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Kevin R. Johnson

University of California, Davis - School of Law

Rose Cuison-Villazor

Rutgers Law School

Date Written: May 2, 2019


As candidate and President, Donald Trump has expressed his disdain for immigrants of color and an unmistakable commitment to restrict their immigration to the United States. Contemptuous words about immigrants have translated into concrete policies designed to limit immigrants from entering and remaining in the United States. The Trump administration’s implementation of the Muslim bans, “zero tolerance” policies directed at Mexican and Central American noncitizens, and an assortment of other policies all further the goal of decreasing the population of immigrants of color. Moreover, proposals to restrict legal immigration underscore that the current administration seeks to substantially reduce the ability of noncitizens of color to immigrate to the United States.

This Article critically analyzes the Trump administration’s immigration policies. First, we argue that the Trump administration’s policies reveal the executive branch’s war on immigration diversity in both admissions and deportations.

Second, when situated within the history of immigration laws and policies in the United States, the current war against immigration diversity furthers the administration’s broader goal of returning to pre-1965 immigration policies designed to maintain a “white nation.”

Third, and most importantly, we contend that the Trump administration’s immigration policies must be met steadfastly resisted. Just as activists in the past fought discriminatory immigration policies, activists today must engage the racism animating the Trump administration’s policies.

The Article concludes that legal and political attention must be paid to these policies in order to avoid the country’s return to its pre-1965 immigration-law policy of establishing a white nation.

Keywords: immigration, diversity, race, equality, TPS, DACA, non-citizens

Suggested Citation

Johnson, Kevin R. and Cuison-Villazor, Rose, The Trump Administration and the War on Immigration Diversity (May 2, 2019). Wake Forest L. Rev. (2019), UC Davis Legal Studies Research Paper , Rutgers Law School Research Paper , Available at SSRN:

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Rose Cuison-Villazor

Rutgers Law School ( email )

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