The research also found that when people who held anti-immigrant views were confronted with accurate information about immigrants and immigration, they became more entrenched in their views. The authors of the report caution that the study should only be viewed as a descriptive analysis of how people may form opinions.
There are several Trump administration policies that are thought to be responsible for the drop, which was tracked from fiscal years 2016 to 2018.
These include the “travel ban” that restricts immigration from five majority-Muslim countries, and a rule restricting close family members from sponsoring visas for relatives abroad. An October 2019 presidential proclamation barring immigrants from entering the United States without health insurance could lead to further drops in the number of legal immigrants entering the country.
“The courts have blocked the administration’s public charge rule and presidential proclamation barring immigrants from entering the United States without health insurance up to now. But these proposals could lead to a decline in the number of legal immigrants entering the country if enacted.