On Tuesday, November 8th, 2016, Donald Trump was elected President of the United States. Since
one of the most contentious issues in this year’s presidential election was
immigration, Trump pledges to establish new immigration controls to increase wages
and job opportunities for American workers first and curbing foreign work
The following is President-elect Donald Trump’s 10 Point Plan to
Put America First:
- Construct an impenetrable wall on the southern border and make Mexico pay for it.
- End catch-and-release, meaning that anyone who illegally crosses the border
illegally will be detained until they are removed from the country.
- In joint operations with local, state, and federal law enforcement, remove
criminal aliens out and terminate the Obama Administration’s policies
regarding criminal aliens.
- End sanctuary cities.
- Terminate the Obama Administration’s two executive amnesties and
enforce all immigration laws by tripling the number of ICE agents, making
anyone who enters the U.S. illegally subject to deportation.
- Suspend visa issuances to any place that doesn’t possess adequate
screening regulations until a proven system can be put into place.
- Make sure that other countries take their people back when they are deported.
- Fully implement the biometric entry-exit visa tracking system at all land,
air, and sea ports.
- Shut down jobs and benefits magnets that attract the employment of illegal
- Reform legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers.
What About High-Skilled Immigrants?
While Trump has been criticized for employing undocumented workers and
a student work visa program in the construction of his hotels, he claims
that he will prohibit the practice once in office. Trump has also vowed
to restrict the issuances of
H-1B visas, which allows American employers to hire foreign workers in specialty
The H-1B is a non-immigrant visa which lasts for three years, though individuals
can apply for an extension for three more years, making the total up to
six. However, the visa holders cannot stay in the United States permanently
and get only receive additional extensions if their employer applies for a
green card – and ultimately permanent residence.
Trump states on his campaign website that, “The influx of foreign
workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult
for poor and working class Americans – including immigrants themselves
and their children – to earn a middle-class wage. […] We
need companies to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed. Petitions
for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office not the U.S. Citizenship
and Immigration Services (USCIS).”
In other words, Trump could make it more difficult for foreign workers
to obtain H-1B visas and could do so without the help of Congress. He
now has the power to change the rules that make it mandatory for companies
to pay workers with H-1B visas more money or hire from a pool of unemployed
U.S. workers before finding workers from overseas.
However, Trump cannot make any changes to immigration policy instantly.
While it is isn’t clear what will happen to both undocumented and
highly-skilled immigrants alike, the pursuit of the American dream is
about to undergo a dramatic shift.
If you are experiencing immigration issues and require experienced legal
services in Philadelphia, PA,
contact the Law Office of Matthew Archambeault and request a
free consultation today.