Stephen Miller, the hardline conservative close to Donald Trump, says the White House is preparing to double down on its immigration policies if the president wins a second term â including an even more restrictive travel ban.
The White House spent much of its first term installing an aggressive policy that places strict limits on who can enter the United States, and was roundly criticised by Democrats, other countriesâ governments, and pro-immigration advocates. After court fights, it put in place a travel ban that slapped restrictions on anyone trying to enter the country from several Muslim-majority countries.
On a 5-4 vote that broke along ideological lines, the US Supreme Court in 2018 upheld a several-times revised version of the controversial executive order. Now, with Mr Trump locked in a close re-election fight with former Vice President joe Biden, Mr Miller is sending a clear message: A vote for a second term is a vote for a tougher travel ban.
Now armed with Justice Amy Coney Barrett shifting the high court further to the right with a 6-3 conservative bend, Mr Miller says White House officials are looking at âbuilding on and expanding the framework that weâve created with the travel ban, in terms of raising the standard for screening and vetting for admission to the United States.â
In what would be another major shift in the countryâs legal immigration system, Mr Miller described an envisioned process that scrutinizes the âideological sympathies or leaningsâ of all visa applicants.
To determine which people might be ripe for recruitment of extremist groups.
Whatâs more, during a possible second term, Trump administration officials envision âreally cracking down aggressively on sanctuary cities.â
Mr Trump has returned to mentioning tougher immigration policies during his rallies as he campigns in battleground state after battleground state.
âA vote for me is a vote for massive, middle-class tax cuts, regulation cuts, fair trade, strong borders, and American energy independence,â he said this week in Bullhead City, Arizona. âA vote for âSleepyâ Joe Biden is a vote for open borders, offshoring jobs, shredding your second amendment, which is totally under siege by the way.â
âYouâre so lucky,â he told his loyalists as they cheered, âIâm your president.â