IMMIGRATION ISSUES

THE MOST RECENT NEWS ON IMMIGRATION (as of August 1, 2017)

President Trump and some members of Congress are proposing changes to existing U.S. immigration laws by making it more difficult for unskilled immigrants to enter the country. Instead, our government would like to encourage highly-skilled immigrants who are in demand in areas such as technology, health care, and science to immigrate.

This is a "merit-based" immigration plan. The word "merit" refers to a person's value or potential contribution to society. The more education a person has, the greater the value of that individual. The U.S. government hopes to give preferential consideration to new immigrants who are financially stable before and after they arrive. This is quite different from the existing policy in which personal wealth isn't as much a factor. It's also going to be very important for new immigration applicants to know how to speak or communicate in English. This is a big change from the current policy which has no such requirement.

 

There is also some talk about limiting the immigration of family members of American residents and American citizens. Whereas it is fairly common now for a son or daughter to help an elderly parent or a sibling to gain admission to the United States, that sort of the thing could possibly be eliminated or reduced.

Of additional concern is that this new policy proposal would cut the total number of legal immigrants from about one million people a year to half a million.  That's a big reduction. Anyone who is waiting to come into the United States might have to wait a lot longer.

Keep in mind, these are still just proposals.

My advice: follow this issue closely.  The Republican Party is in charge of the legislative branch and the executive branch. This makes it much easier for them to pass legislation despite opposition from the Democratic Party.   On the other hand, there are many business people who count themselves as Republicans and they have a great need for labor of all types, skilled or unskilled. Without people to work in areas of agriculture and manufacturing, their businesses will suffer or fail.

You can find more information on this issue by clicking here.

 

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