It is obvious that the primary goal of Donald Trump’s immigration policy is to reduce the number of nonwhite immigrants coming into the United States.

He has lamented the number of immigrants we take from what he called “s***-hole” countries and wondered why more immigrants don’t come from Norway. (NBC News)

Aside from his blatant racism, Trump’s policy has another less obvious goal, which is to keep the Republican Party in power for as long as possible.

The Republican Party has been the party of racism and racists since the days of Richard Nixon’s Southern Strategy in 1968, but Trump has made discrimination his most important national policy issue.

Republicans have shown themselves willing to use every dirty trick in the book to keep minorities from voting, including voter suppression, voter intimidation and new and truly grotesque forms of gerrymandering.

Witness the 2018 race for governor in Georgia where the Republican candidate was also in charge of state-wide elections. Brian Kemp disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of voters to win a narrow victory. These same techniques are being used across the U.S. to keep black and brown people from voting.

In the long run, none of this really matters. More ethnic babies are now born every year in the U.S. than white babies. Four states and the District of Columbia are minority majority. Nine more states have more than 40 percent minority populations.

Even if the Supreme Court refuses to halt Republican gerrymandering, minorities will outnumber whites in the U.S. by between 2041 and 2046. Given the great lengths that Trump has gone to alienate minority voters, the future of the Republican Party is less than bright.

In truth, I don’t think there is a Republican Party anymore, only the Trump White Identity Party. Disgusting.

James Winchester

La Conner

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