5 Stories about Trump’s Immigration Policies You Might Have Missed
Homeland Security secretary talks about tunnels, immigration sweeps and more at San Ysidro border visit
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly visited San Diego on Friday and used part of his time here to accompany immigration agents on predawn arrests and inspected one of the numerous tunnels Mexican smugglers have constructed under the U.S. border fence. He also met with federal border security agencies and local law enforcement officials.
A Canadian citizen was denied entry to the U.S. because she had videos of Muslims performing daily prayers on her phone.
Concerns that US border patrol agents are targeting minorities have grown in the wake of Donald Trump’s executive order blocking refugees and visitors from seven Muslim-majority countries from entry into the US. The order caused chaos at US ports of entry when it was enacted two weeks ago and though a federal court has blocked it from being enforced, claims of aggressive, and potentially illegal, treatment have lingered.
Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced a bill to cut the number of green cards in half. The bill lacks the Democratic support to pass, but signals that Tom Cotton is looking to take the place of Jeff Sessions on the Senate as the most extreme hardliner on immigration.
Two Republican senators introduced legislation Tuesday to cut legal immigration to the U.S. in half, saying the country needs to do a better job of selecting people based on what they can contribute to the U.S. Sens.
Visa programs for skilled and highly educated workers were not front page news last week, but the issue of H1-B visas, outsourcing companies based in India, and the importance of India as a trading partner for some of the United States’ largest companies has the potential to boil over as the Trump administration works through their first 100 days.
While America’s political future is steeped in uncertainty, there is no questioning what the US political establishment wants to do with the controversial H1B visa for highly-skilled workers. Three legislative bills and a soon-to-be-expected executive order may look like overkill but growing momentum against the H1B gives the impression, at first glance, that the visa program in its present form is living on borrowed time.
It is likely true that the recent ICE dragnets were long planned operations, possibly predating the official transition to the Trump administration. However, these actions align with the administration’s goals to “secure the interior” of the country. Will fiscal conservatives and small government Republicans agree to significantly expand the federal bureaucracy to accomplish this?
President Donald Trump made clear in executive orders issued last week that he intends to strengthen enforcement of U.S. immigration laws – and that is likely to mean an increase in deportations. How much of an increase remains unclear. President Barack Obama repatriated a record 2.5 million undocumented people between 2009 and 2015.
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