How Refugee Limits Could Hurt GOP Rust Belt Reps by Luke Perry
This is an Op-Ed by Luke Perry, Director of The Utica College Center of Public Affairs and Election Research, published in The Hill, April 4, 2017.
President Trump's most recent travel ban cut the annual cap on refugees from 110,000 currently to 50,000. Much like the first ban, though, this latest one has been blocked by a federal judge.
Regardless of the order's status, however, the latest refugee cut reveals a problem for GOP Rust Belt members of Congress elected by Trump enthusiasts: the prospect of close reelection battles as newly energized urban and suburban liberals defend their immigrant and refugee communities.
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