The Current War against Legal Immigrationerikaadmin
In 1964 President Lyndon B. Johnson began to set the framework for what would be known as “The War against Poverty”. Since and before then other Presidents have championed various initiatives using the resources of the United States. President Trump may well be remembered as the president who waged an out-of-control, savage war against immigration both legal and illegal. We’ve seen the manifestations of his war against illegal immigration but many people are unaware of his war against legal immigration. Here is what he is doing on that front.
- The Immigration Ban: The starkest example of Trump’s War on Legal Immigration is his infamous travel ban for majority Muslim countries like Iran, Yemen, Syria, Libya and Somalia. Experts say that there has been an 81% drop in the number of legal immigrants arriving from those countries since, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.
- Trump or 200,000 Salvadorans to leave the U.S. At the beginning of this year, the Trump administration said it was ending its temporary residency permit program which gave 200,000 Salvadorans temporary legal immigration status.
- Limiting asylum: There has long a distinction between immigrants and asylum seekers. In general, immigrants enter the country of their own volition even though they may be fleeing adverse economic conditions in their native countries. Asylum seekers are usually fleeing their country to avoid imprisonment or even the threat of death.
- Refugee program: This administration has severely limited the admission of refugees from countries that are undergoing a surge in migration due to war. Trump managed to halt the Refugee Resettlement Program for seven months in 2017. Once it re-started the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would do extreme vetting for the people using the program.
- Fewer Visas: During 2017, the U.S. approved 559,536 foreigners for legal permanent residence (known as a green card. This was a 9% drop from the previous year. The decline in the number of approved Visas continues.
- The end of DACA: The Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program remains active only due to judges who have ruled against the current administration’s legal reasoning for ending it.
To what lengths will this administration go in reducing legal immigration? That is for the courts to decide. It is also up to citizens to decide using the power of the vote. As an immigration attorney in Van Nuys, I will continue to fight on the side of immigrants and Americans who support the right of all people to seek a better life. For immigration rights in Los Angeles, I am here to empower these people.