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WaPo: WH Immigration Plan May Extend White Majority 5 Yrs

WaPo: WH Immigration Plan May Extend White Majority 5 Yrs
(Albin Lohr-Jones/AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 06 February 2018 06:53 PM

President Donald Trump's plan to cut several kinds of family based immigration visas could keep whites in the majority in the United States for up to five more years if carried out, according to an analysis conducted by The Washington Post.

According to the Census Bureau, minority groups will outnumber non-Hispanic whites by 2044. If Trump's plan is implemented, that date will move to anywhere between 2045 and 2049 and between 300,000-500,000 fewer immigrants will be legally admitted into the U.S. annually, according to estimates by Numbers USA, a group that favors reducing immigration, and the Cato Institute, which favors increasing immigration.

The cuts, according to the Post's projections, would be "applied proportionally to each race and ethnicity based on their forecast representation in the immigrant population."

Trump wants big cuts to family based immigration in return for creating a path to citizenship for 1.8 million unauthorized immigrants who came to the U.S. as children, including preventing people from sponsoring their parents, adult children or siblings to immigrate to the U.S. and reallocating slots currently given to immigrants via the diversity visa lottery on the basis of merit.

The president again lobbied Tuesday for the end to chain migration and the visa lottery, calling them outdated programs "hurt out economic and national security."

Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development, said Trump's plan would "reshape the future United States."

"Decades ahead, many fewer of us would be nonwhite or have nonwhite people in our families," Clemens told the Post. "Selectively blocking immigrant groups changes who America is. This is the biggest attempt in a century to do that."

Trump is pushing for the plan to tighten up security, says Tyler Houlton of the Department of Homeland Security.

"The president has laid out a reasonable framework that addresses the key security issues identified by the frontline men and women" of the Department of Homeland Security, he said in a statement. "It secures the borders and ensures we can remove those we apprehend, including criminal aliens. It also seeks to protect nuclear family migration, while ending two problematic visa programs that do not meet the economic or security needs of the country."

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President Donald Trump's plan to cut family based immigration visas might keep whites in the U.S. majority for up to five more years if carried out, according to The Washington Post analysis.
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