Anx­ious times for im­mi­grants

The Freeman - - OPINION -

There has never been a mo­ment in re­cent times when im­mi­grants in the United States have been feel­ing this anx­ious over their fu­ture than the past few months un­der the Trump pres­i­dency. Con­sider the fol­low­ing:

1.) Is­suance of ex­ec­u­tive or­ders ban­ning na­tion­als from cer­tain Mus­lim ma­jor­ity coun­tries to en­ter the United States;

2.) Ini­tially im­pos­ing a 120-day sus­pen­sion of refugee re­set­tle­ment pro­gram, then once it ex­pired, low­ered the an­nual cap to its low­est level since the pro­gram started;

3.) Con­sid­er­ing re­vok­ing the Tem­po­rary Pro­tected Sta­tus of more than 300,000 im­mi­grants from 10 coun­tries and has since de­cided not to ex­tend the pro­tec­tion for na­tion­als of El Sal­vador, Nicaragua, and Haiti;

4.) End­ing the De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals (DACA) which af­fects nearly 800,000 un­doc­u­mented youth or so called "Dream­ers" who came into the US as mi­nors;

5.) In­creas­ing the fre­quency of ap­pre­hen­sion and em­ploy­ing more ag­gres­sive means of ar­rest­ing un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants even at courts and hos­pi­tals;

6.) Tar­get­ing sanc­tu­ary cities by mak­ing them in­el­i­gi­ble for fed­eral grants;

7.) Re­view­ing the pol­icy on fam­ily re­uni­fi­ca­tion and sub­lim­i­nally re­brand­ing it as "chain mi­gra­tion";

8.) Propos­ing a stricter and re­stric­tive merit-based mi­gra­tion;

9.) Tight­en­ing rules on asy­lum, pa­role, and re­mov­ing ap­pli­cants;

10.) Seek­ing to end the visa lottery or the Di­ver­sity Visa Pro­gram;

11.) En­forc­ing more re­stric­tive rules on ex­ten­sions and re­newals of tem­po­rary em­ploy­ment-based non­im­mi­grant visas;

These are just some of the im­mi­gra­tion poli­cies presently im­posed by the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion which have un­doubt­edly caused im­mea­sur­able stress and un­due anx­i­ety for un­told num­ber of im­mi­grants. If you care­fully look at it, these di­rec­tives cover a wide swath of im­mi­grants from un­doc­u­mented chil­dren to adults who have worked and lived here most of their lives.

Even those who are here legally ei­ther as green­card hold­ers or nat­u­ral­ized US cit­i­zens would also be af­fected if new rules are in im­posed lim­it­ing fam­ily-based im­mi­gra­tion. This may not be an as­sur­ing thought but more likely than not, Mr. Trump is not done yet. With his cam­paign rhetoric that there is strong con­nec­tion be­tween the coun­try's im­mi­gra­tion prob­lem and threats to its na­tional se­cu­rity and eco­nomic op­por­tu­ni­ties for Amer­i­can work­ers, and val­i­dated by his elec­tion to the pres­i­dency, Mr. Trump is all the more em­bold­ened to stiffen up his poli­cies on this very con­tentious is­sue.

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