The United States Is A Na­tion Of Im­mi­grants

ForbesWeekly - - NEWS - FOL­LOW NIALL MCCARTHY, FORBES CONTRIBUTOR, AT www.forbes.com/sites/niallm­c­carthy

“From this day for­ward, a new vi­sion will gov­ern our land. From this day for­ward, it’s go­ing to be only Amer­ica first.” As Don­ald Trump de­liv­ered his na­tion­al­is­tic in­au­gu­ral speech on Fri­day, he made it clear that the United States will come first in all of his pol­icy de­ci­sions over the com­ing months and years. Trump’s rhetoric cer­tainly doesn’t bode well for the coun­try’s im­mi­grants, and his ad­min­is­tra­tion is ex­pected to in­crease de­por­ta­tions and end pro­tec­tion for young un­doc­u­mented peo­ple brought to the U.S. as chil­dren.

The last point refers to the 2012 De­ferred Ac­tion for Child­hood Ar­rivals pro­gram (DACA), some­thing Trump has pledged to abol­ish. DACA pro­vides tem­po­rary pro­tec­tion and work per­mits to 750,000 young peo­ple who were brought to the U.S. il­le­gally as chil­dren. Refugees flee­ing war-rav­aged coun­tries in the Mid­dle East can also bid farewell to any chance they might have had in reach­ing Amer­i­can shores. In fis­cal year 2016, 12,587 Syr­ian refugees were ad­mit­ted to the U.S. (out of a grand to­tal of 84,995 refugees), and this will more than likely fall to zero un­der Pres­i­dent Trump.

Even though Trump has pledged to make Amer­ica great again, it can be ar­gued that his ag­gres­sive crack­down on im­mi­grants will erode some core Amer­i­can val­ues. Through­out its his­tory, the U.S. has shown ini­tia­tive and lead­er­ship in wel­com­ing im­mi­grants from all across the world. The map was com­piled with data from

Pew Re­search, and it shows just how mul­ti­cul­tural the U.S. has be­come. In 2015, 46,630,000 peo­ple liv­ing in the U.S. were born in other coun­tries.

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