President Trump supports merit-based immigration reform and reducing legal immigration

Immigration -- August 02, 2017

President Trump officially supports the Reforming American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act sponsored by Sen. Tom Cotton [R-AR] and Sen. David Perdue [R-GA].

This bill would move the U.S. to a skills-based visa system similar to those used by Australia and Canada which would factor in "education, English-language ability, high-paying job offers, past achievements, and entrepreneurial initiative". The bill would modify the current system that gives preference to foreign family members of U.S. citizens: it would keep preferences for spouses and minor children of U.S. citizens, but it would remove preferences for extended family members and adult children. The act would eliminate the Diversity Visa lottery system, and it would limit the number of refugees able to receive...

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President Donald Trump signs a new executive order placing a 90-day ban on people from six mainly Muslim nations

Immigration -- June 26, 2017


The Supreme Court has decided that it will hear the cases relating to these orders in October of this year.

Furthermore, it has partially stayed the preliminary injunctions preventing the executive orders from being carried out. This means that the executive order "may not be enforced against foreign nationals who have a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States." An example of such a bona fide relationship would be a student from a restricted country who has been admitted to a U.S. university; the executive order would not apply to them. Conversely, the executive order can be enforced "against foreign nationals abroad who have no connection to the United States at all".


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Trump signs executive order for immediate construction of a wall along the US - Mexico border

Immigration -- January 25, 2017

President Trump signed an executive order that directed the secretary of homeland security to:

- Begin planning, designing and constructing a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, including identify available federal funds and working with Congress for additional funding
- Construct and operate detention facilities near the border to make adjudicate asylum claims, subject to the availability of existing funding,
- Hire 5,000 additional Border Patrol agents, subject to the availability of existing funding,
- End “catch and release” policy
- Quantify all “sources of direct and indirect Federal aid or assistance to the Government of Mexico on an annual basis over the past five years”
- Take action to empower state and local law enforcement to act as immigration officers


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Executive order on enforcement of immigration laws, including withholding federal grant money from sanctuary cities

Immigration -- January 25, 2017

The executive order pertains to the actions and resources of Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the branch of the U.S. government that enforces immigration laws. According to the text of the order, it reinstates the Secure Communities Program, which ICE uses to target undocumented immigrants, directs the State Department to withhold visas or take other measures to ensure countries take back the undocumented immigrants the U.S. sends back, and also strips federal grant money from sanctuary cities that harbor undocumented immigrants. Specifically, the order directs the secretary of homeland security to:

* Prioritize certain undocumented immigrants for removal, including those with criminal convictions and those who have only been charged with a crime

* Hire 10,000...

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