Trump V.S Immigration


Trump’s administration is planning to change immigration policies. The current immigration policy allows illegal immigrant families to stay together. When a parent is detained, they are allowed to stay with their families in a special facility or at their house at least until the court date and decision takes place.  However, what Trump is proposing is to separate families. With his new policy, parents are to be sent to detention centers and the children are taken to juvenile shelters. Many migrant groups consider this policy inhumane.  On the other hand, the White House is in favor of it as well as the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  

There have also been other drastic changes in regard to immigration since Trump took charge. When Trump became president, there was a sharp drop in the number of immigrants trying to cross the border.  This was dubbed the ¨Trump Effect.¨  In April, only 11,677 immigrants were reported trying to cross the border, this is the lowest number reported in the last seventeen years, it eventually came up to 29,086 in November. About 7,000 families and 4,000 unaccompanied minors were trying to cross. Many people say that the trip is far too dangerous for children. There are always the risk of rape and kidnapping or other harm  during the journey as well. What they don’t see is that these immigrants are often escaping poverty, violence, and corruption. 

Yet again Trump brought a hostile feel to his first Union speech by proposing his four pillars to his immigration plan; more security in the borders, path to citizenship for “dreamers”, end visa lottery, and ending “family immigration.” As he was describing each pillar he was providing facts about them that are completely false. In the third pillar he said “The third pillar ends the visa lottery — a program that randomly hands out green cards without any regard for skill, merit, or the safety of our people,” he said. Visa lottery in fact does have requirements to be eligible: …at least a high school education or its equivalent, defined as successful completion of a 12-year course of formal elementary and secondary education; or two years of work experience within the past five years in an occupation that requires at least two years of training or experience to perform. Almost immediately reactions form the congress and democrats were heard from the audience, democrats booed and one member of congress shouting  “ that’s not true.” It seems like no matter what happens Trump will not give up that easily on his dream to “make america great again.”