LEGAL IMMIGRATION: B+
Since 2000 the legal immigration system in the United States accepts approximately 1,000,000 per legal immigrants per year. Immigration led to a 57.4% increase in foreign born population from 1990 to 2000. In 2016 US immigration population hit a record 60 million, 1-of-5 Americans. 43 million of those came within the last 16 years. About 51% of immigrant-led households receive at least one kind of welfare benefit compared to only 30% for American native-born households. Since 2012 over 90% of legal immigrants entering into the U.S. have come from African, Asian, Middle Eastern and South American countries.....only 9% from Europe/Canada resulting in big changes of the demographics.
It is worth noting that nearly 1/2 of the world's population — more than 3 billion people — are extremely poor as they live on less than $2.50 a day. So the question is....how many of those 3 billion people should America let into the country would be satistactory for supporters of immigration?
7/17/17: The Department of Homeland Security issued up to 15,000 visas allowing U.S. companies to hire temporary, non-agricultural workers, To qualify for the H-2B visas, hiring companies must attest under the penalty of perjury that they are “likely to suffer irreparable harm” without the influx of workers, the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement said. This was an about face decision by President Trump after pushing for a "Hire American" theme.
8/2/17: President Donald Trump introduced a bill called The Raise Act, to create a new legal immigration formula for the United States, which he says emphasizes merit in an effort to protect American workers and the American economy. "I campaigned on creating a merit-based immigration system that protects U.S. workers and taxpayers," [This bill] will reduce poverty, increase wages and save taxpayers billions and billions of dollars." The Trump administration’s goal is to prevent low-skilled American workers from being undercut by immigrants with a comparable level of expertise. Sen. Cotton said the current system places "great downward pressure on people who work with their hands and work on their feet.". The bill among other things requires immigrants to learn English and 5-year ban on welfare for immigrants. Why do we give the President a high grade for this proposed bill? Simple....everybody wins, including immigrants. Trump has challenged immigrants to come to America well prepared to help compete with native Americans. It is a healthy proposition which motivates people to work hard and compete with each other for success. It pushes immigrants to demonstrate skills (including the most basic of speaking English) that contribute to America's economy.
8/17/17: The Trump administration shut down yet another Obama-era program — this one created to give Central American minors fleeing poverty and gang violence in their homeland temporary legal status in the United States. The “CAM parole” program was established in 2014 in response to a surprise spike in the number of unaccompanied minors and families entering the country from Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador. The program allowed minors who did not make the cut for “refugee status” to enter the U.S. on a two-year, renewable parole if they had a parent already legally in the country.
8/19/17: The Trump administration has implemented a new rule that allows officials to demand five years' worth of social media profiles and 15 years of biographical information as part of a visa application. This makes all the sense in the world. Why let in immigrants come who have anti American views on their social media pages?
8/28/17: Homeland Security announced that it will require more people to undergo in-person interviews before they can gain a firmer legal footing in the U.S., carrying out yet another part of President Trump’s extreme vetting executive order. While the so-called travel ban on six Muslim-majority countries has garnered most of the attention, it was just a temporary measure designed to give the government the space to stiffen its regular checks so it could be more adept at denying potential terrorists entry.
10/09/17: President Trump unveiled a new strict 70-point immigration enforcement plan. Determined to finally solve illegal immigration, the White House submitted a 70-point enforcement plan to Congress proposing the stiffest reforms ever offered by an administration — including a massive rewrite of the law in order to eliminate loopholes illegal immigrants have exploited to gain a foothold in the U.S. The plans include President Trump’s calls for a border wall, more deportation agents, a crackdown on sanctuary cities and stricter limits to chain migration — all issues the White House says need to be part of any bill Congress passes to legalize illegal immigrant “Dreamers” currently protected by the Obama-era deportation amnesty known as DACA.
11/1/17: The first Islamic terror attack in the U.S. occurred in NYC where 8 people were killed and injuring 11. The suscpect Sayfullo Saipov legally emigrated from Uzbekistan, a predominantly Sunni Muslim nation north of Afghanistan that is estimated to have produced hundreds if not thousands of supporters for the Islamic State group and other extremist organizations in Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan. Saipov entered the U.S. through the "Diversity Visa Program" which offers a lottery for people from countries with few immigrants in America. President Trump responded by tweeting "The terrorist came into our country through what is called the "Diversity Visa Lottery Program," a Chuck Schumer beauty. I want merit based." Trump also stated he was immediately starting the process to end the program which does not properly vet immigrants or require them to come in on a merit based system. Astonishingly the latest report shows nearly 30,000 foreigners from state sponsors of terrorism have gotten visas since 2007 through the diversity visa lottery.
11/20/17: The Trump administration has given nearly 60,000 Haitians with provisional legal residency 18 months to leave as he will not renew the Temporary Protected Status that has allowed them to stay in America since 2010. The Obama administration first granted "temporary protected status" to Haitians after the nation was ravaged by a magnitude-7.0 earthquake in 2010 that killed more than 200,000 people and displaced hundreds of thousands.
1/8/18: Trump announced that he will terminate the provisional residency permits of about 200,000 Salvadorans who have lived in the U.S. since at least 2001, leaving them to face deportation. The administration said it will give the Salvadorans until Sept. 9, 2019, to leave America or find a way to obtain a green card. After earthquakes hit the country in 2001, Salvadorans were granted what is known as Temporary Protected Status, or TPS, and their permits have been renewed on an 18-month basis since then.
1/9/18: President Trump, proving his skilled leadership, held an unprecedented, extraordinary public negotiation with Congress on immigration. It was a 55 minute negotiation that aired on news networks. It included a bipartisan group of lawmakers that debated whether to enact a two-phase approach to immigration reform in which the first component resolved DACA program and the second attempted a broader reform of the US immigration system including the wall, visa lottery and chain migration.
3/30/18: The State Department published new rules to require most visitors and immigrants to the U.S. to divulge their recent social media histories, carrying out one of the key security enhancements from President Trump’s extreme vetting executive order.
5/4/18: The Trump administration is ending temporary special immigration protections for about 57,000 Hondurans. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's decided not to renew temporary protected status for Hondurans means an estimated 428,000 people from several countries face rolling deadlines beginning late this year to leave or obtain legal residency in other ways.
6/11/18: The Trump administration overturned asylum protections for domestic violence and gang violence victims in a ruling that could potentially prevent tens of thousands of immigrants from getting protection in the US. This decision was right based on two facts. First it is economically, logistically and culturally unsustainable for The United States to take in tens of millions of gang and domestic violence victims from all over the world. Second, the asylum system is rampant with fraud and abuse.