Former Michelle Obama aide says Trump's immigration policy could be influenced by 2020 campaign

Democratic strategist Krishanti Vignarajah told Hill.TV's "Rising" on Tuesday that she fears that the 2020 presidential campaign could end up directing President TrumpDonald John TrumpNASA exec leading moon mission quits weeks after appointment The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan Frustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' MORE's immigration policy. 

"The fear that we have is that a lot of what's going to be directing policy in the next couple of years is the impending election," Vignarajah, a former aide to former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama to headline Essence Festival Obama shares tribute to Michelle to celebrate Mother's Day 111-year-old woman gets free tickets to see Michelle Obama book tour MORE and the CEO of the Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service, told hosts Krystal Ball and Buck Sexton. 

Trump is reportedly seeking to firm up his administration's hard-line stance on immigration issues after campaigning on such policies in his 2016 run.

NBC News reported this week that outgoing Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen NielsenKirstjen Michele NielsenCongressional Hispanic Caucus demands answers on death of migrant children Trump expected to tap Cuccinelli for new immigration post Kobach gave list of demands to White House for 'immigration czar' job: report MORE resigned because of Trump's renewed push to resume a policy that resulted in the separation of migrant children from families that illegally crossed at the U.S. border with Mexico. 

"The courts have already weighed in time and time again to make clear that this is inconsistent with U.S. law," Vignarajah said. "Family separation was probably the most unpopular policy across the board [among] Republicans, Democrats and [independents]." 

"What we're seeing what's happening with personnel is disconcerting because it's the policies that need to change, not the personnel," she said. 

— Julia Manchester