Trump’s immigration comments during his campaign caught America’s attention. Now, a few months into his presidency, President Trump has followed up on his strict rhetoric regarding US immigration. There has been talk on restricting US work visas, which would make it harder for foreign workers to improve American companies. More specifically, the two executive orders issued by President Trump enable the implementation of a stronger border security as well as immigration enforcement within the United States. With executive orders titled, “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” and “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” these orders have contributed to the new, strict immigration tone in America—one that is more tangible for the 11.3 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.
Evidenced by the 21,362 arrests of illegal immigrants at the beginning of Trump’s term, the new administration’s message is clear: They are taking a hard stance on immigration. Furthering the message, the administration has enabled employees of ICE, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, to create a new office called VOICE (Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement) in response to one of Trump’s executive orders regarding immigration. The office is meant to support victims who have been the subjects of criminals who live in the U.S. illegally.
With the flow of arrests, two executive orders, and a new office for victims of illegal immigrants, America’s tone on immigration is felt by many across the nation, and this has created tension between the administration and immigrants living and working in the U.S. In fact, on Monday, May 1, 2017, immigrants and union workers across America came together in opposition to the immigration policies set out by President Trump. May 1st, commonly called “May Day,” historically symbolizes a day dedicated to international workers’ rights, but this year, the protesters in the U.S. have focused heavily on the defense of immigrants.
Their argument in favor of U.S. immigration highlights the vital contribution that immigrants have on the American economy. With jobs that require outsourcing skills, America needs immigrants who are willing to work for the global and economic fabric of the nation. Moreover, immigrants add to the development of small businesses in the U.S. that generate employment opportunities for other individuals. They become an asset for the country as a wealth of people depend on their labor to be economically competitive in the international market.
The spike in civic engagement on Monday underscores a portion of the U.S. unified by a passionate message in support of U.S. immigration. These workers and immigrants hope that their message will be heard as the new administration’s policies unfold.
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