Donald Trump’s mass deportation dragnet has never about immigrants “getting in line,” it’s never been about following the law, it’s never about any of the other thousand bullshit claims he and other members of his administration have made. It’s always been about making America white, and it’s been Stephen Miller’s personal crusade, a crusade that could now entangle even more people in Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) claws.
NBC News’s Julia Ainsley reports that Miller is the architect behind another upcoming anti-immigrant proposal, expected to be unveiled soon, “that would make it harder for legal immigrants to become citizens or get green cards if they have ever used a range of popular public welfare programs, including Obamacare.” Miller’s reported proposal—“which would not need congressional approval”—could penalize legal immigrants who have accessed benefits for their U.S. citizen kids, like children’s health insurance and food stamps.
“Immigration lawyers and advocates and public health researchers say it would be the biggest change to the legal immigration system in decades and estimate that more than 20 million immigrants could be affected,” Ainsley continues. “They say it would fall particularly hard on immigrants working jobs that don’t pay enough to support their families.” But, this was always the plan. It was never only about undocumented immigrants, it was always about slowly chipping away at groups until slowly anyone non-white becomes at risk—and it’s always been Miller’s plan.