Trump's Dangerous Scapegoating of Immigrants

On February 5, President Donald Trump delivered his second State of the Union address. Journalist Eric Lach writes that, over the last two years, the president has learned to dress up anti-immigrant rhetoric in the bureaucratic language of federal policy. However, during his remarks, the president “offered unfiltered immigrant scapegoating” blaming immigrants for almost “all the sins” of the United States. The president claimed that “working-class Americans are left to pay the price for mass illegal immigration” including the problems of “reduced jobs, lower wages, overburdened schools and hospitals, increased crime, and a depleted social safety net.”