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Why Anti-Immigration Politics Hurt White Workers

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The Ohio State University

Originally published as "Why Anti-Immigration Politics Hurt White Workers," The Washington Post, August 29, 2019.

President Trump is obsessed with “JOBS, JOBS, JOBS!” But his chants aren’t just about the economy — jobs are also central to advancing Trump’s anti-immigration agenda. He has repeatedly, and inaccurately, promoted the long-standing idea that working-class white Americans are losing jobs because of immigration.