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Trump administration tries to push last-minute immigration limits

November 19, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

With Inauguration Day nearing, there's added urgency within the Trump administration to ram through any last-minute policies that would limit immigration to the United States, according to multiple sources.

(CNN)With Inauguration Day nearing, there's added urgency within the Trump administration to ram through any last-minute policies that would limit immigration to the United States, according to multiple sources.

The push is in line with a years-long effort to usher forward a slew of policy changes that have overhauled the US immigration system -- and in part, a concession that a new administration is incoming.

"It's the same thing that happens in the twilight of every administration -- you want to finish what you started and give it as much staying power as you possibly can," said Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a group that advocates reduced immigration.

Over the last four years, administration officials, some of whom hailed from groups advocating reduced immigration, have leaned on immigration opponents to discuss policy changes.

It's common for administrations to try to get pending items across the finish line before a transfer of power, but such moves have the potential of setting up more hurdles for Biden, who's pledged to roll back Trump immigration policies, many of which have occurred through regulations that can be more arduous to reverse.

In interviews, advocates of reduced immigration -- who rallied behind policies and regulatory changes in recent years that drastically limited migration to the US -- generally agreed that the administration has succeeded in most of what it set out to accomplish.

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