re·​stric·​tion·​ism | \ri-ˈstrik-shə-ˌni-zəm \

Definition of restrictionism 

: a policy or philosophy favoring restriction (as of trade or immigration)

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restrictionist \ri-​ˈstrik-​sh(ə-​)nist \ adjective or noun

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On the right, the American Conservative — usually sympathetic to immigration restrictionism — ran an op-ed from a scholar at the Cato Institute, which does not share those views. Dara Lind, Vox, "Birthright citizenship, explained: why some on the right want to end it, and what they get wrong," 23 July 2018 Peter Navarro and Wilbur Ross are steering him toward a trade war; Stephen Miller, John Kelly, and Jeff Sessions have encouraged his immigration restrictionism. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "Will Trump Be Meeting With His Counterpart — Or His Handler?," 8 July 2018 But restrictionism is popular with Trump’s base and the White House itself. Jeet Heer, New Republic, "Trump, Fox News, and the Mainstreaming of White Nationalism," 19 Jan. 2018 Trump, like his fellow Fox News addicts, is far more invested in the symbolism of immigration restrictionism than its substance. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "The Progressive Case for Giving Trump His Stupid Wall," 11 Jan. 2018 The magazine’s shift away from Brimelow’s brand of restrictionism was itself practically rather than morally motivated. Osita Nwanevu, Slate Magazine, "How National Review Helped Build the Alt-Right," 23 Mar. 2017 How aggressively the president pursues his platform on trade and immigration restrictionism could test how strong his grip is on Congress. Jonathan Martin And Jeremy W. Peters, New York Times, "As G.O.P. Bends Toward Trump, Critics Either Give In or Give Up," 25 Oct. 2017 All of this is to say that immigration restrictionism does not an agenda make. Theodore Kupfer, National Review, "The Man from Alabama, Pa.," 18 Sep. 2017 Some contemporary figures in immigration restrictionism began in the environmental movement. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "Trump's Solar-Powered Border Wall Is More Than a Troll," 7 June 2017

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First Known Use of restrictionism

1840, in the meaning defined above

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