Opinion | Trump's anti-immigration strategy is sneakier in 2020. It's also not working.

Unlike in 2016, Trump's anti-immigration strategy is more subtle and thus flying under the radar of much of the national media.

10/21/2020 12:31:00 PM

Opinion | Tyler Moran and Beatriz Lopez: President Trump's anti-immigration strategy is sneakier in 2020. It's also not working. - NBCNewsTHINK

Unlike in 2016, Trump's anti-immigration strategy is more subtle and thus flying under the radar of much of the national media.

Carlos Barria / ReutersOct. 21, 2020, 8:31 AM UTCByTyler Moran, executive director of Immigration HubandBeatriz Lopez, director of political research and communications at the Immigration HubImmigration isn’t dominating President Donald Trump's Twitter feed these days but make no mistake: The issue is still at the heart of his re-election strategy.

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Just read the signs, or in this case, the government-funded billboardsof “wanted” immigrants and threats of ICE raids in “sanctuary cities.” Or follow the money, which reveals an expensive campaign ad strategy that embeds Trump’s hallmark anti-immigrant dog whistles into his 2020 “law and order” messaging.

Despite the many distractions Trump manufactures, immigration is still very much a MAGA weapon of choice.What becomes clear is that despite the many distractions Trump manufactures, immigration is still very much a MAGA weapon of choice. But unlike 2016, he’s brandishing that weapon in a more veiled and targeted way: under the radar of much of the national media, vis-à-vis nuanced messaging and targeted ads aimed at swing voters. More important, and unlike in 2016, his strategy is falling flat in the battleground states he needs to win.

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