Democrats thought they had the 2020 election in the bag.
But Donald Trump had an ace up his sleeve.
And William Barr turned in one piece of paper that just won Trump the 2020 election.
Immigration is shaping up to be the central issue in the 2020 campaign.
Democrats believe they can depress the President’s support by claiming the Trump administration failed to stem the tide of the illegal alien invasion plaguing the Southern Border.
But in recent days, Donald Trump has scored two huge victories toward dashing those hopes.
First, the Supreme Court ruled the President could use military construction funds to build the wall while a lawsuit seeking to stop the effort worked its way through the courts.
Second, the administration secured a deal with Guatemala to prevent illegal aliens from seeking asylum in the United States unless they first applied for asylum in Guatemala.
Now, William Barr announced a rule change that denies illegal aliens asylum claims based purely on family relations.
A decision issued Monday by Attorney General William Barr will restrict the ability of migrants to claim asylum based on their family relations.
In a precedent-setting immigration court opinion, Barr said that being part of a nuclear family targeted for persecution doesn’t qualify as a “particular social group” eligible for asylum in the United States.
“The fact that a criminal group — such as a drug cartel, gang, or guerrilla force — targets a group of people does not, standing alone, transform those people into a particular social group,” the attorney general wrote.
President Donald Trump has sought to restrict access to asylum, which his administration views as a magnet that draws migrants north from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a similar immigration court decision in June 2018 that blocked asylum for victims of domestic violence and gang violence, a move that drew condemnation from pro-migrant advocates. A federal judge based in Washington, D.C., struck down the bulk of that policy six months later.
Immigration animated Trump’s base in 2016.
And the President showing progress on his efforts to follow through on his crackdown on illegal immigration will ensure that his base turns out in 2020.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.