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Politics – Donald Trump and US Immigration

President-elect Donald Trump, a current Republican candidate for United States President in 2016, has become one of the loudest voices on US immigration policy in recent months.

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Donald Trump ThumbnailWhat Is Immigration Reform According to Trump?

According to, Trump’s plan for immigration reform is quite simple on its face, but the implications for farther-reaching consequences loom on the horizon.  Trump’s website outlines his three core principles of immigration reform as follows: –

  1. A nation without borders is not a nation – there must be a wall across the southern border.
  1. A nation without laws is not a nation – laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
  1. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation – any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Sure, this sounds very benign when laid out as above, but further reading proves that Trump’s interpretation of how to convert these principles into policy could prove disastrous for US citizens, foreign residents of the US, and any hopeful immigrants to the US.

Trump Apprentice ThumbnailWhat Does it Really Mean?

Trump’s proposed ‘Immigration Reform’ really should be considered ‘Immigration Revocation’. As experts in the field of US Immigration, we have a full understanding that the United States is, perhaps, one of the most difficult countries in the world to emigrate to, and permanent residence is offered on a very limited basis.

Reading through Trump’s plan – which advertises it will make America great again – he essentially wants to make the H1B visa, which is already nearly impossible to get, even more difficult.

Additionally, the EB1 Green Card for Aliens of Extraordinary Ability, in which we specialize here at the Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram, also creates a problem for Trump. Although Trump does not call out this green card process by name, he wants a prevent new green cards issued to foreign workers until native workers can be employed first. While this sounds good in theory, again, it is not practical. Green card applications such as the EB1 are designed to bring the very best of the world’s talent to the US.

Trump fails to realize what helps make America great is the fact that the most talented individuals want to come to the US, thus benefitting our country in many different ways.

Trump Making Point ThumbnailWhat to Expect?

With Trump’s media strategy of making the most outlandish and inflammatory statements possible there is no way to predict what will come next. Individuals in the US and abroad can only sit back and watch the show. Given that the United States has long held its reputation as a ‘melting pot’ of cultures, religions and freedoms, we are hopeful that the public will not stand for this kind of hateful rhetoric much longer.

At the end of the day, the United States Constitution – which Trump quotes heavily with questionable interpretations – contains provisions built into it to protect the nation should individuals like Trump end up in a position of power. Without the support of the rest of the US government, Trump may be able to make the government ineffective, but the sweeping changes he is promising would be difficult to make a reality.  In our next newsletter we’ll take a look at the views of some other politicians in the race and discover who has the most positive approach to solving our broken immigration system.

Update Made to Post November 9th 2017 Post-Election Results 

Well, well, well – Trump has confounded all expectations and is now President Elect Trump. Wow!!! What does this mean with regards to US Immigration. Well, maybe not as much as one might have been worried about. There are really five main US Immigration branches if you will: – 

Family Immigration

Highly-Skilled Workers

Semi-Skilled Workers

Un-skilled Workers

Undocumented Aliens

President Elect Trump has only really talked about undocumented aliens, so let’s start there. President Elect Trump has said, with regards to undocumented workers, he wants to throw the ‘criminal gang members’ out, build a wall along the Southern US border and then when all that is complete, think about a policy to deal with the 12 million undocumented workers. So I guess for all undocumented aliens, when the wall is complete then start looking over your shoulder.

I’m guessing a wall that will need to be at least one thousand miles long that is high enough and deep enough to be effective to stop undocumented aliens digging under or climbing over will take many years, certainly longer than a Trump presidency. Whether the President of Mexico will pay for it also remains to be seen. If not, it’s doubtful whether American’s will want to pay for it, as hopefully, that’s not what they signed up for.

Ok, let’s talk about Unskilled Workers. Trump again has really not said much on unskilled workers. American food producers absolutely need un-skilled workers otherwise Americans will go hungry. Even unskilled Americans are not keen on working long hours in the field for minimum wage. So any strident move against even undocumented agricultural workers on mass would trigger a food shortage.

Semi-Skilled Workers. These are generally workers with some college education, perhaps a degree. These workers have had for many years a very hard time getting any kind of visa to live and work in the US because it’s based on a quota system, and in some cases, US employers have to advertise the vacancy to Americans first before being allowed to sponsor an alien in. Since we’ve had no movement in this area of immigration law for over ten years, it seems unlikely to change any time soon as a priority of immigration reform.

trump2Highly-Skilled Workers. These are workers with advanced degrees, and here there is a straight shot at getting a green card under the EB1 Aliens of Extraordinary Ability Green Card program. Under this program you do not need a US employer to sponsor you, you simply have to prove that in your field you’re very high up. Again, the President Elect has expressed no interest whatsoever in reforming this or other similar programs.

Family-Based Immigration. If you marry an American citizen you can get a green card. If your parents are American you can get a green card, and if your siblings are Americans you can get a green card. All of these options come under “legal immigration” pathways and so have never featured in President Elect Trump considerations, at least on campaign trail.

US Immigration & President Elect Trump. So where does that leave us? Firstly, if you have any desire to come and experience the American Dream please do contact us and let’s evaluate your case. If you’re worried about future changes in US Immigration law, then come and talk to us so we can consider how quickly we can get a case ready for you. At the end of the day we do not want any of our clients alarmed with regards to US immigration.  Call today or complete our enquiry questionnaire and we’ll be delighted to calmly walk you through everything you need to know and do.



Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram

US Immigration Law Offices of Chris M. Ingram
Chris M. Ingram LL.M., ESQ – Immigration Attorney
Admitted in New York.
Practice Specializing in US Immigration Law
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Santa Monica,
California 90401
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