Trump Immigration Plan Would Extend U.S. White Majority For 5 Years

(Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead)

The Trump immigration plan should be looked at as a legal way for Republicans to beat back demographic projections.

Projections from the U.S. Census Bureau indicate that White Americans will lose majority status around the year 2044 - a fact that has various far-right, white nationalist groups infinitely concerned.

But an analysis by the Washington Post shows that the immigration policies of President Donald Trump, who has enjoyed wide support from the white nationalist community, could set that date back by as much as five years.

The plan, released by the White House last month, would scale back a program that allows people residing in the United States to sponsor family members living abroad for green cards, and would eliminate the “diversity visa program” that benefits immigrants in countries with historically low levels of migration to the United States. Together, the changes would disproportionately affect immigrants from Latin America and Africa.

The Post estimates that Trump's immigration plan could scale back legal immigration to the U.S. by 20 million people over the next forty years, affecting everything from economic growth to workforce demographics to the country's political and cultural landscapes.

“By greatly slashing the number of Hispanic and black African immigrants entering America, this proposal would reshape the future United States. Decades ahead, many fewer of us would be nonwhite or have nonwhite people in our families,” said Michael Clemens, an economist at the Center for Global Development, a think tank that has been critical of the proposal. “Selectively blocking immigrant groups changes who America is. This is the biggest attempt in a century to do that.”