Undocumented immigrants from around the country are starting the feel the effects of President Trump’s immigration policy. His executive order expands the types of crimes that can lead to deportation, leaving many individuals fearful of their future. So much so that law enforcement officer and social service providers have noticed a drop in immigrants utilizing certain social services:
1. Fewer people are reporting domestic violence and rape
“42.8 percent drop in the number of Latinos reporting rape to his department compared to the same period last year”
2. Fewer workers are reporting injuries on the job
“Workers’ compensation lawyers have also seen a decline in the number of people who have come for their services. One lawyer saw a 20 percent drop in the number of intakes since Trump took office.”
3. Fewer immigrants are enrolling in safety net programs
“A California-based health care center, a provider told the publication that the center had experienced a 20 percent drop in food stamp enrollments, a 54 percent drop in Medicaid enrollments, and an 82 percent drop in a health program that helps indigent adults.”
President Trump faced some harsh backlash last year when he criticized the ability of Judge Gonzalo Curiel to handle a lawsuit involving Trump University. The President mainly cited Curiel’s Mexican heritage as the reason he was unfit for the job. Judge Curiel is now back in the limelight to hear the case of Juan Manuel Montes Bojorquez, who may have been wrongfully deported from California to Mexico. The background of President Trump and Judge Curiel’s interactions will bring attention to this test of the execution of the Trump Administration’s immigration policy.
As time rolls on, all eyes are on President Trump to see how he cracks down on illegal border crossing just as promised. Some supporters, such as Leah Barkoukis, believe the President has already made significant strides on the issue. Barkoukis points to the fact that eight immigration judges have been reassigned from their ordinary courts to detention centers along the border on March 20th. The judges were sent to the border in an effort to rapidly hear the claims of migrants seeking asylum so that those deemed ineligible could be deported. Out of the eight judges transferred to help tackle potential asylum cases, two have been recalled because of a lack of cases to hear. The number of asylum seekers being held dropped from 1,499 women and children on Jan.14 to 259 in Dilley County, Texas and from 546 to 87 in Karnes County as of March 30th. The two judges in these counties had a combined four cases left to hear after about three weeks stationed at the border. Barkoukis cites President Trump’s gutsy stance on immigration for the recent trends along the border.
There are number of things left out from this report that enables this story to come off as a victory for Trump’s policies. The remaining six judges assigned to the border have had full dockets. Transferring judges from their already packed regular dockets causes frustration and rescheduling in their normal location. It is simply unacceptable to assign these judges to make their judgements on a human being’s right to enter the U.S. based on political matters. They are enforcing the President’s Executive Order on immigration when the court system should be impartial and abiding by due process. There should be an independent immigration court system free from adhering to political quotas.
Rather than amplifying the border separation between the US and Mexico, the MADE Collective has suggested constructing something quite different. They hope to build a hyperloop transit system in place of the border, co-maintained by both governments. The goal is to vastly accelerate travel between US and Mexico while creating an unbarred border. Although a far-fetched proposition, it is a positive economic potential doorway worth considering when the opposing option is an estimated $38 billion barrier.
As plans to build the US-Mexico border wall heat up, numerous companies have jumped at the chance to be involved. According to the Associated Press, almost 200 organizations have contacted Customs and Border Protection about producing and designing the wall. The proposals submitted vary incredibly from each other, ranging from traditional mesh fences to solar panels.
President Trump’s travel ban on six Muslim-Majority countries that had initially been met with ethical backlash is now causing serious economic trouble. The restrictions have sent an inhospitable message to the international world and in turn, reflect on tourism. Companies and businesses that would have looked towards the U.S. for trips and meetings are beginning to back out in fear of employees having travel difficulties. Airline bookings have taken a hit in the wake of the initial travel ban announcement on January 27th and after word of the revised plan on March 6th. Unfortunately, the hospitality industry is feeling the effects too and have experienced less occupancy in February. Arnie Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, says that the company “suffered a 3% decline in international bookings to the U.S. in February, according to a March 21 earnings call. The drop included a 25% to 30% decline from the Middle East and a 10% decline from Mexico”. The drop from a country like Mexico which is not directly included in the travel ban hints at worsening diplomatic ties. The present and future implications of the ban are abundant and widespread. Students from all around the world seek out the United States as a destination to study, but the new restrictions compromise that.
Airline bookings have taken a hit in the wake of the initial travel ban announcement on January 27th and after word of the revised plan on March 6th. Unfortunately, the hospitality industry is feeling the effects too and have experienced less occupancy in February. Arnie Sorenson, CEO of Marriott International, says that the company “suffered a 3% decline in international bookings to the U.S. in February, according to a March 21 earnings call. The drop included a 25% to 30% decline from the Middle East and a 10% decline from Mexico”. The drop from a country like Mexico which is not directly included in the travel ban hints at worsening diplomatic ties.
The present and future implications of the ban are abundant and widespread. Students from all around the world seek out the United States as a destination to study, but the new restrictions compromise that. United by their concern, six hundred colleges wrote to Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly on Feb. 3 fretting over losing international students. This comes at quite the cost, one million international students spend $32 billion a year according to the senior vice president for the American Council on Education. The theme here is that the U.S. is on track to miss out on a lot of money as a result of the travel ban. U.S. tourism is a $250 billion industry. The Tourism Economics of Wayne, Pennsylvania project that the United States will welcome in 4.3 million fewer international travelers in 2017, accounting for a loss of $7.4 billion. It is odd that a president so grounded in business like Trump does not see the financial harm that the travel ban will cause.
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