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 TrumpTrump rails against impeachment in speech to Texas farmers Trump administration planning to crack down on 'birth tourism': report George Conway on Trump adding Dershowitz, Starr to legal team: 'Hard to see how either could help' 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 ObamaSanders v. Warren is just for insiders Overnight Health Care: Trump reportedly lashed out at health chief over polling | Justices to hear ObamaCare birth control case | Trump rolls back Michelle Obama school lunch rules Trump to roll back Michelle Obama's school lunch rules on vegetables, fruits 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 NielsenActing DHS secretary says he expects Russia to attempt to interfere in 2020 elections House Homeland Security rip DHS's 'unacceptable' failure to comply with subpoena Trump puts Kushner in charge of overseeing border wall construction: 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