During his campaign, Donald Trump promised to deport illegal criminal immigrants and work toward making immigration laws more stringent. While the President has been vague and unclear about several of his proposed changes and improvement in his quest to ‘Make America Great Again’, his position regarding immigration is fairly transparent.

The first week into 45th President Donald Trump’s term has seen dramatic changes in trade embargo and environmental statutes. Many Americans wait in anticipation to learn the many changes his administration will bring to current immigration laws and statutes.

Promises made

  • Border Wall – By enforcing stricter border control, Trump is going to control and curb illegal border crossings.
  • Revoke birthright citizenship of children of illegal immigrants living in the US.
  • Enforce e-Verify, a system by which all new employees are screened against government databases in order to deny illegal immigrants access to legitimate jobs.
  • Required and mandatory detention of any and all immigrants found crossing the American border illegally.
  • Pre-requisite employers give American workers first priority before hiring workers from foreign countries.
  • Stop Differed Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), an executive action passed by former President Obama that allows children brought by illegal immigrants the ability to get work permits and exemption from probable deportation.
  • Avoid fraud and abuse by asylum seekers and refugees by increasing screen checks and raising acceptance policy standards.
  • Moderate immigration by putting the brakes on issuing green cards to foreign workers.
  • Raise minimum wage for H1B type visas from $81,000 to about $100,000. This would force private and non-profit firms and institutions to hire locally, thereby reducing the number of skilled migrant workers in the country.

Public reactions

Donald Trump’s invective has given rise to many immigrant advocates, several immigrants themselves, who have begun to fight for rights of unauthorized citizens and illegal immigrants. The rhetoric has been one of positivity and community, as immigrants gather to organize and rally forces in the form of active protests.

Several government officials like city council members, police chiefs, mayors and the like have stated they would disobey orders when called on to deport people.

Speaker Ryan clears the air

Not long after President Trump’s interview on acclaimed investigative news report show 60 Minutes, Speaker Paul Ryan spoke towards putting people’s minds at ease on CNN.

He stated the focus of the Republican Party is to secure the border, and not towards initiating a ‘deportation force’.