Will Trump's Anti-Immigrant Stance Doom Him?

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Donald Trump during a news conference at the U.S.-Mexico border near Laredo, Texas, on July 23. Trump is the nativist dream candidate—virtually whatever happens now can be blamed on his anti-immigration position, the author writes. Rick Wilking/reuters

This article first appeared on the Cato Institute site.

Donald Trump's win in Indiana has practically clinched the Republican nomination.

Since July 2015, Trump has led in most polls of GOP candidates. Immigration restrictionism is his most popular policy position. That position and the way he's talked about it have defined his candidacy and set him apart from the get go.

Trump is the nativist dream candidate—virtually whatever happens now can be blamed on his anti-immigration position.

Here's a list of Trump's anti-immigration credentials:

You can read more about Trump's immigration policies in his plan, which Ann Coulter called "the greatest political document since the Magna Carta."

Trump is the real anti-immigration candidate that nativists have been praying for. He owns the anti-immigration label no matter what he does or says to distance himself from it in the general election. He spouts their ideas and appeals to their biases on a national stage.

He is the perfect spokesman in tone and style for such a policy position. The political failure of immigration restrictionists in the past was always blamed on their moderation.

Now they have a real anti-immigration radical to test their theory—so we should give them appropriate credit for Trump's failure in November.

Alex Nowrasteh is the immigration policy analyst at the Cato Institute's Center for Global Liberty and Prosperity.

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