by Daniel Chaitin
August 13, 2019
Univision anchor Jorge Ramos called President Trump the “most anti-immigrant president” in decades, but said that even he cannot stop the demographic “revolution” on the horizon.
After the Trump administration paved the way for stricter standards for immigrants seeking green cards, Ramos, who is a Mexican-born American journalist, argued Monday that the government is ignoring studies which show immigrants contribute billions of dollars to the economy every year.
Host Anderson Cooper said the Trump administration’s policy decisions are rooted in a “fundamental view” of what the U.S. should look like in the future.
“The idea that, you know, whites will not be the majority, I mean, that’s — it’s an exciting transformation of the country, it’s an exciting evolution. And, you know, progress of our country in many different ways. Clearly there’s, you know, among white supremacists, white nationalists that is viewed as a horrific event,” he said.
Ramos contended that not even the Trump administration’s efforts to put the squeeze on immigration levels can alter the course of demographic projections in the coming decades.
“I do understand, but there’s nothing really they can do against this incredible demographic revolution. And in 2044, everyone is going to be a minority,” Ramos said. “And then I think President Trump represents those who are trying to revert that trend and he doesn’t say it. But he would like — it seems to me, that’s his vision, just to have America look like him. Again, that’s going to be impossible.”
“Donald Trump is the most anti-immigrant President in the last 70 years,” says Univision anchor Jorge Ramos on news the WH could dramatically limit the number of legal immigrants allowed to enter and stay in the US by making it easier to reject green card and visa applications. pic.twitter.com/YUBA3HzGM8
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) August 13, 2019
The discussion was predicated on a rule change, set to take place in October, that will enlarge the pool of immigrants who can be barred from entry or denied visa renewals because of their reliance on U.S. government benefits.
Cooper asked Ramos to respond to supporters of Trump’s approach to cracking down on immigrants who rely on government benefits.
“Well, they’re here. The best and the brightest are already here. Immigrants, both legal and undocumented, they harvest the food that we eat. They build the apartments and the houses where we live. They take care of our children. I mean, the country is great, thanks to its diversity and thanks to [inaudible] of immigration and because we continue with that tradition,” Ramos said.