First Lady Melania Trump’s parents became naturalized US citizens in a ceremony in New York City on Thursday. The First Lady’s parents completed a year-long immigration process amid calls from President Trump for new laws barring Americans from sponsoring parents or other relatives. President Trump has repeatedly denounced this process, calling it ‘chain migration.’
President Trump announced on Sunday that those who cross into the US illegally should be sent back immediately without due process or appearance before a judge. Trump said the US ‘cannot accept all of the people trying to break into our country.’ Immigration advocates pushed back on Trump’s comments, calling the suggestion illegal and unconstitutional.
President Trump reversed his stance that he had no power to stop the separation of undocumented immigrant families on Wednesday when he signed an executive order to keep children and parents together. The order does not address the families already separated by the policy. Trump said, ‘the border is just as tough.’
Thomas Homan, the acting director of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, announced on Monday that he will retire from his post in June. Homan is stepping down less than six months after being nominated to the post by President Trump. As acting director of the agency, Homan has been a fierce defender of the Trump administration’s immigration policies.
Fallout from President Trump’s controversial immigration comments last week continues, as the possibility for a spending and immigration deal by the end of the week seems unlikely, raising the potential of the government shutdown. Trump claimed, Monday, Senator Dick Durbin ‘totally misrepresented’ his comments. Targeted countries, including South Africa, stand in diplomatic protest of Trump’s ‘disturbing’ comments.
The Senate began an open-debate on immigration, Monday, giving senators the opportunity to build a bill from scratch. The historic debate, expected to last throughout the week, will affect the future of legal immigration and 11 million undocumented immigrants, as President Trump plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program next month.
An open letter signed by more than 100 Microsoft employees is calling for the company to stop its work with the US Border Patrol. Microsoft released a statement saying it ‘urges the administration to change its policy and Congress to pass legislation ensuring children are no longer separated from their families.’
Donald Trump has officially declared the end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals or DACA, which was an Obama-era program that gave work visas to undocumented immigrants who arrived in the country as children. The White House has delayed the enforcement of the rule for six months, in order to give Congress time to act, and President Trump is expected to make an official statement today on the matter regarding the whole DACA plan.
President Trump endorsed his new bill the RAISE Act which cuts legal immigration in half and moves the United States towards a skills-based immigration system on Wednesday. This legislation plans to cut immigration to 50,000 people a year and eliminates the diversity visa lottery that apparently do not promote diversity. Economists are saying that Trump is inviting the U.S. into a recession and that restricting immigration will only lead to a lack of economic growth.
A scaled-down version of President Trump’s travel ban went into effect at 8 p.m ET Thursday. Under new guidelines, the Nationals of 6 predominantly Muslim countries will be denied entry into the U.S. unless they have a bona fide reason to enter the country. Direct family members, such as spouses, children, or parents, and persons with direct ties to an institution or job in America are considered people with bona fide relations to the U.S. and will be allowed to enter the country.