As our blog coms to end we can’t help but ponder the future we will face as citizens and the future immigrants will face to become citizens. Over the last few weeks we have discussed high value issues like the Trump Travel Ban, efforts to build the U.S. Mexico border wall, Trump and his words and actions on immigration, and the morality and impossibility of the proposed measures. We hope that you enjoyed our perspective on the eve changing idea of immigration into the United States from all countries, not just Mexico or war ravaged areas. We hope that you see humans just as we do in searching for opportunity and prosperity in the United States, no matter where the journey takes them. The foundation of this very nation is in jeopardy since this recent election and only the citizens have the power to change its course.
We strive everyday to make the world and country a better place for ourselves and our family, just as immigrants entering our country do. Have a heart and sympathize with these other families and people who can’t enter our country because one person changed their mind and said no.
We’re all for national security and keeping our country safe, but there has to be a better way. We have outline alternative methods and policies to counter Donald Trump in his ideas and executive orders. We urge you to seek the truth on your own and to not always trust what could be “fake news.” We as a nation will have to see how the presidency of Trump, one of our most ambitious political figures yet, dictates the future of immigration reform.
We appreciate any of the reads, likes, and comments. We will be signing off for good, but will still strive for the best when it comes to fair immigration reform.
-USA Immigration Site Team
Organizations that handle border security and deportation are facing heavy expectations with Trump’s plans to raid sanctuary cities and ramp up border safety. Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement are mostly affected. Congress will be voting on a bill that gives an extra $5 billion to both ICE and border patrol, so we will see how the democratic resistance goes.
The other problem is hiring these actual agents, Trump has signed an executive order a few months ago detailing those plans. The order states that 15,000 agents will be hired as fast as possible while trimming the strenuous application process.
This goal is unreachable in the near future, there aren’t nearly as many applicants since Trump has taken office and only 40 border patrol agents were hired last year and on average 2,000 ICE agents.
Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly is not optimistic of this goal either, saying the hiring process itself would take 2-3 years alone.
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.
As a group, we will examine the current and future U.S. immigration reform, including travel ban policies as well as plans to build the wall on the Mexican border. We intend to relay to our readers that the proposed ideas at least as of now could be detrimental not only financially but also to the makeup of our society/culture. We will keep up to date with stories concerning diplomacy between the U.S. and Mexican governments and future implications for visa holders and the like.