Border wars Inside Trump's assault on immigration

Julie Hirschfeld Davis, 1975-

Book - 2019

"Two New York Times Washington correspondents provide an inside account with never-before-told stories of the defining issue of Donald Trump's presidency: his steadfast opposition to immigration to the US. Julie Hirschfeld Davis and Michael D. Shear have covered the Trump administration from its earliest days. In Border Wars, they take readers inside the White House to document how Trump and his allies 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. Border Wars identifies the players behind Trump's anti-immigration policies, showing how they planned, stumbled, and fo...ught their way toward major immigration changes that have further polarized the nation. This definitive, behind-the-scenes account is filled with previously unreported stories that reveal how Trump's decision-making is driven by gut instinct and marked by disorganization, paranoia, and a constantly feuding staff"--

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New York : Simon & Schuster 2019
Main Author
Julie Hirschfeld Davis, 1975- (author)
Other Authors
Michael D. Shear, 1968- (author)
First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
Physical Description
viii, 466 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Includes bibliographical references (pages 403-418) and index.
  • Prologue
  • 1. The Vessel
  • 2. Breaking the Apology-Retreat Cycle
  • 3. The Hamilton Group
  • 4. Forty-Three Minutes
  • 5. "Bring Out the Crazies"
  • 6. "A Fucking Watered-Down Version"
  • 7. Shackles Off
  • 8. Angels and Demons
  • 9. No Legal Basis
  • 10. The Trump Effect Fades
  • 11. The Admiral's Almanac
  • 12. Refugees Not Welcome
  • 13. A Not-So-Global Compact
  • 14. Blind Spot
  • 15. No Way Out
  • 16. Life in Two-Year Increments
  • 17. Forced Removal
  • 18. "Just Bite the Bullet"
  • 19. "Shithole Countries"
  • 20. Ash and Trash
  • 21. "No More DACA Deal!"
  • 22. Zero Tolerance
  • 23. Reverse Boomerang
  • 24. Always a Bomb Thrower
  • 25. "You've Kidnapped Our Kids"
  • 26. Evelyn and Amber
  • 27. "Pencils Down"
  • 28. Use of Force
  • 29. Hijacking the Midterms
  • 30. Mexican Standoff
  • 31. Shutdown
  • 32. "We've Wasted the Last Two Years"
  • 33. The Purge
  • Epilogue
  • Acknowledgments
  • Sources
  • Photo Credits
  • Index
Review by Choice Review

Border Wars traces Donald Trump's anti-immigrant stance, which has led to deportations, family separation, and denial of asylum. As Washington correspondents for the New York Times, Davis and Shear had access to sources intimately familiar with anti-immigrant conversations involving aides, advisers, and staffers who work for Trump. The actions of Stephen Miller, Kirstjen Nielsen, Mike Pompeo, Mike Pence, and Steve Bannon are woven into the text, as are observations of career federal government employees and vivid details of meetings, calls, and conversations with staffers in the Trump administration regarding slashing the number of refugees allowed into the US, the type of construction materials used to build the border wall, the future of DACA, and the Muslim travel ban. Davis and Shear describe disagreements and feuds among staffers close to Trump, and they shed light on how immigration decisions are made by the administration. They also culled material from other sources, including journalistic accounts and books, and these are mentioned in the book's last chapter. Bibliographical references serve as a bibliography. This well-written book is accessible, engaging, and full of details pertaining to immigration policies. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower- and upper-division undergraduates; professionals; general readers. --Irasema Coronado, Arizona State University

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Review by Publisher's Weekly Review

New York Times reporters Davis and Shear debut with a vivid, revelatory account of President Trump's attempts to overhaul the U.S. immigration system. According to the authors, the centerpiece of that agenda, the border wall, was "conceived of almost by accident" but quickly became an obsession of Trump's, as well as an "operational, legislative, and legal quagmire." They see a similar pattern in efforts to ban Muslim travelers, end the DACA program that protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children, separate migrant children from their parents at the border, and add a citizenship question to the U.S. census. The authors credit former campaign CEO Steve Bannon, former attorney general Jeff Sessions, and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller with creating the framework for Trump's nativist program, and reveal that Miller convened a secret policy group to "churn out radical new ideas" on immigration policy. Standing in opposition to the hardliners is former national security adviser H.R. McMaster, among others. Davis and Shear's fast-paced, richly detailed narrative underscores the chaos surrounding the White House without minimizing the fact that it's now "more dangerous and costly to be undocumented" in America than it has been in decades. The result is an essential inquiry into Trump's bet that his "take-no-prisoners" approach to immigration will win him the 2020 election. (Oct.)

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