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This anti-immigration group wants to hold Trump to his campaign promises


This anti-immigration group wants to hold Trump to his campaign promises

WATCH  | How one anti-immigration group is holding Trump to his campaign promises.

Trump's first 100 days

During the campaign, President-elect Donald Trump promised to build a wall on our southern border and for "a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States."

But in his most recent statement about what he would do in his first 100 days, he toned it down, saying that as president he would "investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker."

FAIR: Immigration issues got him elected

More policies might be coming but Trump has not gone any further than that since being elected. One non-governmental advocacy group that wants to slow the rate of immigration, the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), wants Trump to follow through on his campaign promises.

“No one can say that Donald Trump is not president today in large part because of the immigration issues he staked out in the campaign,” FAIR President Dan Stein told Circa.

This is the formal document we are presenting to the transition team and lays out in some detail what we are hoping and expecting.
Dan Stein

FAIR believes Trump’s immigration stance won him a mandate to act on the issue. They also see an opportunity to enact their policies, which they believe to be symbiotic with those of Trump. As a reminder of what Trump promised during the election, FAIR put together a booklet of policy suggestions.


The 22-page document offers a plan for Trump's first 100 days and first year. Some suggestions included are the rolling back of Obama’s executive actions, building a border wall, and limiting the number of immigrants allowed to enter.

DACA in the crosshairs

Pro-immigration groups will be thrilled if Trump dials back his campaign rhetoric. But they’re not holding their breath.

“In the first six months of the Trump administration I think we are going to see the president following through on a number of his campaign promises. We fully expect that he will make some sort of a motion to pull back on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals,” said Ali Noorani of the National Immigration Forum.

Sessions could be a huge ally

Giving credence to that idea, lawmakers who have worked closely with FAIR, like Sen. Jeff Sessions, were early supporters of Trump. In 2015, Sessions produced a 23-page memo about his stance on immigration. The memo echoed many of FAIR's stances.  

Sessions has already been tapped to be Attorney General -- a position that oversees immigration enforcement.

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