White House outlines administration's immigration priorities

Submitted by micol on Fri, 12/01/2017 - 12:51

On October 8, 2017, the Trump Administration released an executive summary detailing its goals and plans to further the restrictionist immigration promises made during the course of the presidential campaign.  As expected, this summary focuses on border security, interior enforcement, and replacing the current system for obtaining permanent residence with a poorly-defined system based upon a nebulous determination of "merit".  The executive summary's border security proposals call for construction of a wall between Mexico and the United States, elimination of many due process protections for unaccompanied minors seeking refuge in the United States, and further erosion of assurances that those with credible fears of persecution will be given a fair and full hearing of their political asylum claim. Interior enforcement proposals include imposing penalties on Sanctuary Cities, new penalties for visa overstays, expanded deportation grounds and detention authority, and enhanced visa screening.  Under the proposed merit-based system for immigration, the only family members who would be able to emigrate will be a spouse or an unmarried minor child.  The Diversity Lottery program would also be eliminated. While these proposals will undoubtedly face fierce opposition in Congress as well as from human rights organizations, religious groups, educational institutions, and business interests, it is worrisome that the administration's priorities and political discourse lead to what amounts to an outright attack on immigrants. Updates on these actions will be presented on our website www.immsolutionsllc.com

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