When he declared his candidacy for the presidency in 2015, Donald Trump made it clear he was no fan of immigration. Mexico, he said, wasn't sending its best, and they were bringing their problems with them — crime, drugs, and rape. And it wasn’t just Mexico, it was all of Latin America. And probably the Middle East. Trump offered no factual basis for his claims, but his administration has lived up to that campaign kickoff.
Within the first week of his presidency, Trump tried to bar Muslims from seven countries from entering the US, and he signed an executive order that directed the Department of Homeland Security to target anyone who’d entered the country illegally, regardless of whether they were otherwise law-abiding.
The courts blocked some of Trump’s first moves. Trump himself canceled others. But others have changed the way immigrants view their lives in the United States. A set of terms that had been rarely heard previously have become regular fare for the Trump administration: Sanctuary cities. DACA. Family separation. Zero tolerance. Temporary protected status. The wall. Turmoil and controversy.
As 2019 approaches, the government is shut down — over Trump’s border wall. The number of families in immigration detention has reached an all-time high. Central American children have died in US custody.
Here are the events that got us to this point: