Originally Published in CNN
Opinion by Justin Gest - April 19, 2021
Justin Gest (@_JustinGest) is an associate professor at George Mason University's Schar School of Policy and Government. He is the author of "The New Minority: White Working Class Politics in an Age of Immigration and Inequality" and, with Anna Boucher, "Crossroads: Comparative Immigration Regimes in a World of Demographic Change." The views expressed in this commentary are his own. View more opinion on CNN.
(CNN) During four years in office, President Donald Trump reduced immigration admissions in every way that American law makes possible without congressional approval -- cutting refugee numbers, deporting law-abiding members of American citizens' families and then finally halting all entry to the US amid the pandemic for a period before blocking the issuance of new green cards. In 2020, virtually zero migration was no longer just a thought experiment; it was, at least for a period of time, policy.