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Trump’s Immigration policies 2018: Impact on Africans and immigrants

L/R: U.S. Donald J. Trump, Sr. (center) in cabinet meeting

WASHINGTON, D.C —Several immigrants producing nations and illegal immigrants in the United States are entering 2018 with a new wave of the significant question to answer:  How to deal with U.S. stance on immigration.  African immigrants are going to face major immigration issues and question, especially in the wake of the United Nations’ vote against the United States and Israel.

The Trump administration has specified that it will make a big push for immigration reform in 2018; a process that has dodged the U.S. Congress for decades. A comprehensive streaming was drawn up by eight senators in 2013, but it was never voted on by the House.

Accordingly, immigration and border agencies are ramping up hiring efforts to meet Trump’s demand for 15,000 new agents and officers, as well as thousands more auxiliary staff.

Already, several policies have ended that had sheltered some immigrants from deportation – like the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and Temporary Protected Status.  With this, tens of thousands more immigrants may become susceptible to removal proceedings in the coming year.

Sources say the US is on track to accept less than half the 45,000 refugees that Trump’s team approved–already a record low in the history of the US refugee program.

Another program that has taken hit is the Temporary Protected Status, which has taken a hit in 2017.

The Trump administration cut three TPS countries from the list of 10, extended the protections for one more, and will decide on the remaining six in this 2018.

The U.S. government grants TPS status on citizens of countries who cannot return safely to their homelands. TPS holders may live and work legally in the US for renewable periods. In some cases, TPS holders have been in the country for decades, but the government cautions, the program is temporary.

Citizens and law enforcement in immigration struggle

In the new year, 195,000 Salvadorans who have been in the US since 2001 will face a serious immigration question. They will know by January 8, 2018, whether they will keep their TPS status. In the meantime, proposals in Congress would toughen requirements for TPS or eliminate it.

An urgent issue is that 50,000 Haitians will face possible deportation to a still-struggling Haiti if their temporary protected status is not extended this year.

The US was on track to receive the highest number of refugees since the 1990s – 110,000 at the beginning of 2017. But the resettlement program ground to a near halt after President Trump issued a series of executive orders restricting refugee travel to the US. In September, the White House announced it would slash arrivals even further.

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Paul Stevens

Paul Stevens is a researcher, media issues analyst and senior contributor with Globe Afrique.
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