The 45th President-elect Donald Trump is ready to take the oval office on January 20th 2017, much to every one’s surprise! Among many firsts he holds, Donald Trump is the first President to hold anti-immigration position in contemporary history. It is speculated that his policies will not only affect the illegal immigrants but also skilled workers. We discuss some of his campaign promises below which he promises to turn into memorandums and executive orders on his first few days as the President.
Deportations of illegal Immigrants: Trump plans to immediately deport 2-3 million undocumented immigrants with criminal backgrounds. He will then focus on deporting law abiding illegal immigrants.
DACA: Trump could unilaterally revoke deportation protections created under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, which was created to protect young undocumented immigrants under Obama’s executive memorandum. This will affect about 800,000 people who were brought to the U.S as children and stayed here illegally and under the order issued by President Obama were given authorizations to work in the country after approval.
Refugee Programs: The President has a broad, unilateral discretion to admit number of refugees in to the country. The Obama administration increased the number of refugees to 110,000 in 2017 and Trump has repeatedly decried that. He could drop the total number of refugees to zero. The State Department says Syrian refugees could undergo strictest back ground checks.
NAFTA: Trump has made it clear to renegotiate or completely scrap NAFTA, North American Free Trade Agreement. He describes this agreement as the worst trade in the US history that has caused loss of jobs and wage stagnation to the U.S. This will immediately affect people working on the TN visa and on trade deals with companies such as Ford and General Motors. He also pledges to withdraw from trans Pacific Partnership.
H-1B visa system: Trump’s proposals on legal immigration is something that the tech industry may not have ever seen before. The most anticipated outcome will be restricted, limited and harder to get visas. The American companies may have to go through more hoops to prove that there is not an American to do the job and hence should hire foreign workers.
Post elections, not only U.S but countries all over the world are speculating President-elect Trump’s action once he takes oath to the office.