This past week marked the conclusion of the first 100 days of the Trump Administration’s political reign. On the campaign trail, Trump enumerated several stark promises regarding immigration to his anti-immigration supporters. So far, none of them have come true.
Mr. Trump wanted to build a wall on the U.S. Mexico border; Congress has not decided to fund it. Mr. Trump attempted to ban travel by persons from several Muslim-majority countries; the Courts deemed those bans unconstitutional. As for the children brought here as minors, Mr. Trump has backed down on his vow to deport them. Things do not seem to be looking too bright for the new immigration policy proclaimed by the new Administration. In fact, as the Administration adopts harsher tactics to locate and detain immigration laws violators, more municipalities join the “sanctuary” movement to protect their non-citizen populations from the harsh federal enforcement of immigration laws.
On its face, it would seem that the score favors the pro-immigration supporters. Yet, we should not be too quick to celebrate. In fact, is it truly a win? According to David Nakamura, Trump’s rhetoric alone is causing fear in immigrant populations and in doing so is changing the way the world sees the U.S. The effects of this fear campaign can be far reaching and detrimental to the immigrant cause as well as the U.S. social and economic fabric.
As hundreds of thousands of people are marching around the U.S. in support of the adoption of a new immigration policy, we thought it appropriate to once again call on the Trump Administration to adopt the truly “comprehensive immigration reform” that has been so long overdue.
The following is a reminder of the elements that must be present in any legislation for it to be satisfactory. According to the Migrant Integration Policy Index , a comprehensive immigration reform should: (i) increase labor market mobility, (ii) create robust educational programing, (iii) include immigrants in political participation, (iv) provide the means for immigrants to obtain permanent residency and nationality, (v) include a program that will consider family unity, (vi) provide immigrants access to health care and (vi) create strict anti-discrimination policies for all immigrants to the United States.
Until such policies are adopted, be warned that neither, pro-immigration advocates nor anti-immigrants supporters have prevailed. As a nation, we would have all fail.
The Immigration Post – Chief Editor