Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration

Border Wars: Inside Trump's Assault on Immigration


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Two New York Times Washington correspondents provide a detailed, “fact-based account of what precipitated some of this administration’s more brazen assaults on immigration” (The Washington Post) filled with never-before-told stories of this key issue of Donald Trump’s presidency.

No issue matters more to Donald Trump and his administration than restricting immigration.

Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear have covered the Trump administration from its earliest days. In Border Wars, they take us inside the White House to document how Stephen Miller and other anti-immigration officials blocked asylum-seekers and refugees, separated families, threatened deportation, and sought to erode the longstanding bipartisan consensus that immigration and immigrants make positive contributions to America. Their revelation of Trump’s desire for a border moat filled with alligators made national news.

As the authors reveal, Trump has used immigration to stoke fears (“the caravan”), attack Democrats and the courts, and distract from negative news and political difficulties. As he seeks reelection in 2020, Trump has elevated immigration in the imaginations of many Americans into a national crisis.

Border Wars identifies the players behind Trump’s anti-immigration policies, showing how they planned, stumbled and fought their way toward changes that have further polarized the nation. “[Davis and Shear’s] exquisitely reported Border Wars reveals the shattering horror of the moment, [and] the mercurial unreliability and instability of the president” (The New York Times Book Review).

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781982117399
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 10/08/2019
Pages: 480
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Julie Hirschfeld Davis is the congressional editor and deputy Washington editor at The New York Times. She has covered politics from Washington for more than twenty years. She joined the Times in 2014 as a White House correspondent after stints at Bloomberg News, the Associated Press, The Baltimore Sun, and Congressional Quarterly. She won the 2009 Everett McKinley Dirksen Award for Distinguished Reporting of Congress.

Michael D. Shear is a White House correspondent in The New York Times Washington bureau, where he covers President Trump. A veteran political correspondent, before coming to the Times in 2010, he spent eighteen years writing about local, state and national politics at The Washington Post, where he was also part of the Pulitzer Prize–winning team that covered the Virginia Tech shootings in 2007.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

1 The Vessel 11

2 Breaking the Apology-Retreat Cycle 29

3 The Hamilton Group 41

4 Forty-Three Minutes 56

5 "Bring Out the Crazies" 68

6 "A Fucking Watered-Down Version" 81

7 Shackles Off 92

8 Angels and Demons 108

9 No Legal Basis 113

10 The Trump Effect Fades 121

11 The Admiral's Almanac 129

12 Refugees Not Welcome 134

13 A Not-So-Global Compact 150

14 Blind Spot 156

15 No Way Out 170

16 Life in Two-Year Increments 187

17 Forced Removal 191

18 "Just Bite the Bullet" 205

19 "Shithole Countries" 214

20 Ash and Trash 228

21 "No More DACA Deal!" 237

22 Zero Tolerance 252

23 Reverse Boomerang 269

24 Always a Bomb Thrower 280

25 "You've Kidnapped Our Kids" 291

26 Evelyn and Amber 299

27 "Pencils Down" 309

28 Use of Force 329

29 Hijacking the Midterms 338

30 Mexican Standoff 344

31 Shutdown 349

32 "We've Wasted the Last Two Years" 368

33 The Purge 378

Epilogue 389

Afterword to the Paperback Edition 397

Acknowledgments 407

Sources 413

Photo Credits 429

Index 431

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