The Presidency of Donald J. Trump

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Donald J. Trump has made immigration policy a central issue in his presidency. From the border wall to the forced removal of undocumented immigrants from inside the U.S., policy is changing rapidly in Donald Trump’s new America.

In His Own Words

While stirring fear and hatred against millions of lawful immigrants to the Country, and ignoring humanitarian realities, President Trump has still found time to spew anti-immigrant and hateful disinformation regarding Muslim-Americans and refugees from the world’s poorest and most war-torn regions.  His repeated calls for ending refugee assistance for Syria calls into question not only his understanding of the refugee system already in place in this country, but also America’s continued need to be a leader in times of crisis.

From the campaign trail to the Oval Office, Donald Trump has consistently rallied his supporters against immigrants. His anti-immigrant rhetoric and sentiment speaks to the worst in American ideals, and does a disservice to the countless millions of immigrants who have built this country, made it stronger, and continue to fight for the principles on which this Country was established.

Perhaps no other promise was more widely reported and “tweeted” that President Trump’s promise to build a border wall at America’s Southern border.  This foolish and wasteful project would cost taxpayers billions and provide little additional security.

Issues and Policy Concerns

Lee Francis Cissna, Trump’s nominated Director for USCIS has indicated he would change a number of policies if he were given the chance.

Those changes include:

  • Ending an emergency program for Central American children to reunite with parents in the U.S. The system “unquestionably circumvents the refugee program established by Congress,” according to a November of 2015 letter.
  • Ending the system for granting asylum to people claiming persecution in their home countries. A November of 2016 letter claimed thousands of immigrants were “amassing” in Mexican border cities with the intention of “asserting dubious claims of asylum, which will practically guarantee their entry.”
  • Giving so-called “Dreamers”—undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as children—the chance to obtain travel documents on top of work permits. This program would “open the door to undocumented immigrants to gain U.S. citizenship,” a March of 2016 letter said.
  • Terminate or amend a program allowing undocumented immigrants who are victims of crime to stay in the U.S. even if there are no visa slots available. A December of 2016 letter said the policy is “being exploited by those wishing to defraud the system and avoid deportation.”