Talk:Donald Trump achievements: Immigration, illegal immigration, and border security

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Defunding "sanctuary" cities

This is an interesting development, but it remains to be seen if/when the U.S. government will actually withhold the money from the cities.[1][2] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:36, 22 May 2017 (EDT)

The DOJ just announced (again) it would withhold funds from "sanctuary" cities. We'll see what happens.[3][4][5][6][7][8] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:54, 25 July 2017 (EDT)
AG Sessions is again threatening to defund "sanctuary" cities, this time four of them.[9][10][11] It seems very hard for the DOJ to unilaterally take any actions against those cities and counties, as we've seen these threats several times already this year. Hopefully, they will be able to do something about this. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:43, 3 August 2017 (EDT)
More reports on this defunding.[12][13] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:44, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
A federal judge ruled against this policy but left part of it intact: [14] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:54, 16 September 2017 (EDT)

AG Sessions gave "sanctuary" cities until October 27 to prove they are complying with federal immigration law.[15][16][17][18] As a side note, Sessions criticized California's "sanctuary" city law about a month ago.[19] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:15, 12 October 2017 (EDT)

According to Sessions, some "sanctuary" cities are reconsidering their status after the final warning: [20] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:52, 13 October 2017 (EDT)
The DOJ is issuing another warning to 29 "sanctuary" cities.[21][22][23] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 15 November 2017 (EST)

A federal judge blocked Trump's executive order on "sanctuary" cities.[24][25][26] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:56, 21 November 2017 (EST)

Now the DOJ is threatening subpoenas on "sanctuary" cities: [27][28] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:45, 24 January 2018 (EST)

A federal judge ruled that the DOJ can withhold a law enforcement grant to state and local governments: [29] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:02, 6 March 2018 (EST)

Small victory

The city of West Palm Beach, in Florida, dropped its "sanctuary" status, which is good news for the Trump Administration: [30] This may be something to add, but it may be too insignificant for this article. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:49, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

"Bureaucratic mess"

The Trump Administration could have trouble implementing its illegal immigration policies due to bureaucratic issues, such as lack of funding and, thus, lack of manpower to enforce immigration law.[31] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:40, 4 July 2017 (EDT)

Interesting article related to this: [32] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:44, 8 April 2018 (EDT)

Tracking visa overstays: starting 2018 (expected)

The DHS states they will begin tracking visa overstays in 2018.[33] It hasn't started yet, so I cannot add it now, but it is something to look out for. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:10, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

Immigration statements

President Trump stated he supports a "comprehensive immigration plan" and that not the entire U.S.–Mexico needs a wall (and that the solar panels are serious). Interesting statements. We'll see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:14, 13 July 2017 (EDT)

Actually, when reading the transcript, Trump made numerous conservative statements, such as border security, along with non-border statements, such as being against regulations and bureaucracy. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:04, 14 July 2017 (EDT)
This speech by AG Sessions might be interesting: [34] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2018 (EDT)

Great statements, 2018

From the State of the Union speech: President Trump criticized open borders[35] and stated that "Americans are dreamers, too."[36] I might have to add this to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:35, 30 January 2018 (EST)

ICE crackdowns

The acting ICE Director is stating he will deploy more ICE agents to crack down on illegal immigrants in "sanctuary" cities.[37][38][39] I will add this when it happens, if it is not appropriate to add yet. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:21, 20 July 2017 (EDT)

ICE is also planning raid on teenage gang members.[40][41][42] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:19, 22 July 2017 (EDT)
There were rumors that ICE would conduct a major operation to crack down on illegals: [43] They denied it, but hopefully this major crackdown will become reality. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:31, 8 September 2017 (EDT)
ICE is threatening "at-large arrests" in California since it became a "sanctuary" state: [44][45][46][47][48] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:18, 6 October 2017 (EDT)
According to ICE Director Thomas Homan, ICE will expand its enforcement of immigration laws regarding companies.[49][50][51] Hopefully, it will follow through. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 18 October 2017 (EDT)

ICE is asking technology companies for help in tracking visa holders in the U.S.[52] Also, while not something by ICE, the CBP is installed surveillance equipment at the site where the border wall prototypes are being constructed.[53] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 28 November 2017 (EST)

ICE is promising to step up its immigration workplace enforcement next year.[54] Hopefully, it will follow through. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:56, 31 December 2017 (EST)
After the recent 7-Eleven raids, ICE Director Homan is promising more such actions: [55] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:48, 11 January 2018 (EST)

ICE clarified its policy on detaining illegals in courthouses, but this seems more like a failure than an achievement, as it promised it would not arrest illegals besides the ones they specifically intended to arrest: [56][57][58][59][60][61] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 2 February 2018 (EST)

This article was published almost literally one year ago, and it's not very accurate, looking at the data for all of 2017, but it's still interesting: [62] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:35, 15 February 2018 (EST)

An ICE spokesman quit because he thought ICE was not being completely honest about saying over 800 criminal illegals were on the loose because of the Oakland mayor (he said that ICE could not have caught that many illegals at once): [63][64][65] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:15, 14 March 2018 (EDT)

Here's an interesting article on a recent crackdown: [66] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:56, 18 April 2018 (EDT)

Immigration-related government employees (number of immigration/border agents)

ICE wants to double its number of employees by 2023.[67] We'll see if it's successful. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:45, 14 November 2017 (EST)

Meanwhile, the Border Patrol is 2,000 employees short of its mandated 2,000 agents it is required to employ.[68] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:40, 16 November 2017 (EST)
The Trump Administration is actively trying to increase the number of border patrol agents: [69] This may be something appropriate to add, but we should wait to see the results of these efforts. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:26, 31 December 2017 (EST)
A good article on the decline of Border Patrol agents: [70] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 17 January 2018 (EST)

More ICE news

ICE might become an intelligence agency: [71] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:04, 7 February 2018 (EST)

An interesting proposed ICE policy that pro-amnesty groups seem very hysterical about: [72][73][74] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:29, 16 February 2018 (EST)
Here's an interesting "fact check" article by the Associated Press on ICE immigration enforcement: [75] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:32, 3 March 2018 (EST)
ICE is apparently ignoring a Defense Department order not to deport illegal alien veterans in certain cases: [76] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:19, 4 April 2018 (EDT)

More sources on the February 2017 John Kelly memos, which I completely missed last year: [77][78][79][80] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:23, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Proposed vetting improvements

The Trump Administration is working on new vetting measures. We'll see what happens with this. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:04, 14 July 2017 (EDT)

Here is another recent article about proposed vetting improvements: [81] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:21, 19 September 2017 (EDT)

USCIS oversight division

The USCIS is reportedly creating an oversight division to make sure its employees aren't being too lenient when accepting residency or citizenship applications: [82] Hopefully, this will happen soon. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:12, 18 March 2018 (EDT)

State Department social media vetting

The State Department reportedly will create a policy requiring all people entering the U.S. (regardless of whether they are an immigrant or not) to provide their social media history in order to vet them: [83][84][85] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:01, 30 March 2018 (EDT)

Illegal immigrants with government jobs!?

It's what could happen if this spending bill becomes law, according to Breitbart: [86] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:53, 14 July 2017 (EDT)

Some Republicans are trying to take this out: [87] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:43, 17 July 2017 (EDT)

Proposed deportation expansion changes

[88][89] This will be interesting and good news if adopted. Congress is not needed for this, so we'll see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:31, 15 July 2017 (EDT)

Very nice--I hope it gets done. We need all the help we can get at cleaning up this place. Hopefully, people will start realizing that coming here illegally really doesn't work, and start coming in the proper way. It will be a good step, at least. --David B (TALK) 21:59, 15 July 2017 (EDT)

According to the DHS, illegal parents who smuggled their children into the country will be targeted for priority deportation: [90] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:46, 26 September 2017 (EDT)

AG Sessions also is looking into ending a practice that allows immigration judges to put aside cases indefinitely: [91][92][93][94][95] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:15, 17 January 2018 (EST)
More on immigration judges changes/proposals: [96] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:29, 10 March 2018 (EST)

2017 deportion/arrests statistics

According to this article, although illegal immigrant arrests are up compared to the Obama Administration, deportations are occurring at a slower rate than the Obama Administration. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:48, 11 August 2017 (EDT)

WaPo is reporting the same thing: more arrests, fewer deportations: [97] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:53, 29 September 2017 (EDT)

2018 statistics

Already in FY 2018, over 13,000 unaccompanied illegal minors have been resettled in the U.S.: [98] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:16, 3 April 2018 (EDT)

Refugees: 50,000 limit

I removed this info from the article:

  • The number of refugees entering the country in 2017 exceeded the 50,000 limit that the Administration originally imposed on admissions, at least partially due to the partial implementation, rather than a full implementation, of President Trump's travel ban imposed by the Supreme Court.[1]

I did so because I think it is best to wait until the year is over. There is a lot of uncertainty over the whole refugee situation, so it is too early to decide whether this is a success or failure. If refugee entry levels are significantly lower than last year, I think we could add this as a success, even if levels were higher than the 50,000 limit. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:12, 15 July 2017 (EDT)

Further refugee limit developments

The Trump Administration is considering capping refugee admissions again at 50,000 for next year, even though some advisors want a lower limit: [99][100] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:58, 13 September 2017 (EDT)

A federal judge (James Robart, a liberal Bush appointee who made other leftist rulings on immigration and other issues) partially lifted restrictions the Trump Administration made for refugee admissions to 11 countries.[101][102] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:45, 27 December 2017 (EST)
There was quite a bit of talk last year on whether the U.S. would accept Muslim refugees living in Australia, and it seems that the U.S. is not changing any of the plans to let them in, which were agreed upon during the Obama Administration: [103] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:45, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Some experts are predicting that the Trump Administration will cut refugee admissions by 77% from Obama Administration levels: [104] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:45, 21 March 2018 (EDT)

Official 2018 level: 45,000 --> official yet?

The Trump Administration announced that the 2018 refugee program will be capped at 45,000 for 2018.[105][106][107][108][109] However, the Administration could have suspended the program or reduced it further.[110] My question is whether the level of 45,000 is only a proposal which could change, or if will happen. The wording in many of these articles makes it seem like a proposal that could be changed or be rejected. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:44, 27 September 2017 (EDT)

According to this article, although the official limit for 2018 is 45,000 refugees, the U.S. is planning on effectively letting in less than half of this number: [111] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:42, 28 January 2018 (EST)

Closing refugee offices (likely achievement)

In December 2017, the State Department apparently told refugee agencies that it would close many of its refugee offices and downsize operations: [112][113][114] Just a few days ago, it was reported the State Department would close 20 refugee offices and scale down operations in 40 more: [115][116][117][118] This is obviously good news and something to eventually add, but I'm not sure if we should add it yet -- while the December report seems reliable enough, none of these reports come from official department announcements. Thus, unless anyone convinces me otherwise, we should wait until the Departments makes an official announcement or actually starts closing offices. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:29, 16 February 2018 (EST)

BTW, here's an interesting article on layoffs in refugee-related jobs: [119] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:29, 16 February 2018 (EST)

Temporary guest worker visas? Add this as a failure or success?

The DHS announced it would give out an additional 15,000 guest worker visas under pressure from Congress.[120] This is out of 66,000 cap on the total number of additional visas. Businesses that receive these visas must prove that they will suffer severe losses if they do not get the visas,[121][122] but according to Breitbart, this requirement is not as strong as reported.[123] Should I add this at all? If so, is it a success for being only 15,000 visas and having to prove severe damage, or a failure because the DHS caved into Congress and issues additional visas at all? --1990'sguy (talk) 15:46, 17 July 2017 (EDT)

Your phrase, "66,000 cap on the total number of additional visas" is unclear. There are many types of visas, and the 66,000 cap appears to apply to H2B visas, but they are not "seasonal" and most are not "agricultural". The argument for seasonal agricultural visas are that no Americans want that type of back-breaking work picking crops, and that low-cost immigrant seasonal labor keeps the cost of food inexpensive. The argument for limiting H2B visas is to keep those (typically high-skilled) jobs for Americans. Employers want more, but American workers want less. The current US immigration system is a mess, as John Kelly is the first to admit. So, absent major reforms, it is hard to see an "achievement" in this miserable system. JDano (talk) 21:22, 18 July 2017 (EDT)
I would actually call it a failure. Caving to pressure from the left and RINOS is never something good. They always use this argument of "these are jobs that Americans don't want" but that is quite simply rubbish. There have been numerous incidents where illegal aliens are thrown out of a company such a meat processing plan in the mid-west, and citizens will come for the jobs. At that meat processing plant, for example, there was a standing line at the facility the next morning, consisting of legal citizens looking for work. No, this is a failure--more domestic jobs are being handed out to foreigners while some of our own people still suffer from having little if any employment. --David B (TALK) 22:01, 18 July 2017 (EDT)
Do you think it's major enough to add to the article? --1990'sguy (talk) 22:04, 18 July 2017 (EDT)
I think it might be worth adding for now, but trimming out later if we start running out or real estate again. It's up to you, though. In general, it goes to an over-arching failure to push more of them out and keep them out. This could almost be a sub-bullet point under a general failure to deal with illegals. However, the much greater problem is still the ones here without visas, so this is comparatively minor. --David B (TALK) 22:17, 18 July 2017 (EDT)
Although planning to remove things later is easier said than done--it's easy to forget about such things. I suppose you could put in HTML comments on things of lesser importance which could be later removed, if you wanted to be very serious about it...--David B (TALK) 22:19, 18 July 2017 (EDT)
I do appreciate your suggestion on how to save space, but I would rather not trim out substantive info unless the achievement/failure turns out not to be as it seemed (never took effect, nothing came out of it, etc.). If you think this failure is not as major as others (and I am completely open on this), what would you think of just leaving it here and then going back to the talk page later? --1990'sguy (talk) 22:23, 18 July 2017 (EDT)

Wall prototype construction

Preparations are underway for the DHS's wall prototypes.[124] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:56, 19 July 2017 (EDT)

The DHS today waived environmental rules in preparation for upgrading wall segments and building the prototypes.[125][126][127][128] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:39, 1 August 2017 (EDT)
DHS Secretary waived over 36 laws.[129] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 1 August 2017 (EDT)
It's surprising that they are not using those laws to block him as much as possible. --David B (TALK) 10:23, 5 August 2017 (EDT)
The prototype has been delayed until fall: [130] DavidB4, yes, it is surprising. Liberals have been using such laws, as well as courts, to try to block a lot of other Trump Administration actions, however. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:11, 23 August 2017 (EDT)
The Trump Administration announced four contractors who will build the wall prototypes.[131][132][133][134][135] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:38, 31 August 2017 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is already pledging $2.4 billion for the wall: [136] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 10 September 2017 (EDT)
The DHS waived some more laws to help speed up the prototypes: [137][138][139] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:37, 12 September 2017 (EDT)
Construction of the wall prototypes have begun: [140][141][142] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:51, 26 September 2017 (EDT)

The prototypes are almost complete and testing is beginning: [143][144][145][146] Some illegal immigrants have already been apprehended in the area of the prototypes.[147] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:55, 19 October 2017 (EDT)

Overflow articles that I will not use as sources.[148][149][150] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 29 October 2017 (EDT)
Testing has begun: [151][152] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:54, 22 December 2017 (EST)
The tests seem to be going well, and the prototypes appear to be effective: [153] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:35, 19 January 2018 (EST)
An interesting article on the situation on the southern border right now: [154] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 21 January 2018 (EST)

Other wall progress

The DHS again waived "dozens" of environmental regulations to make way for the wall: [155] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:04, 22 January 2018 (EST)

Actually, these regulations were waived so the DHS could repeair and upgrade portions of existing wall along the border of New Mexico -- still a good move: [156][157] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:28, 22 January 2018 (EST)
The DHS is reconstructing a portion of the currently-existing fence in Calexico, California: [158][159] This seems like very good development, at the fence in that area is in very poor condition. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 21 February 2018 (EST)
The Trump Administration announced its plans for what to do with the money it already has, [160][161][162][163] Soon I will add info to this article on the immigration-related contents of the omnibus spending bill. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:35, 30 March 2018 (EDT)
The DHS is also beginning construction on a wall segment in New Mexico: [164][165][166] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 9 April 2018 (EDT)
More on the Calexico border wall segment that I may add soon: [167][168] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:33, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Another article on the wall construction/repairs: [169] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:39, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
And here's an interesting article on border seurity in the Rio Grande under Trump: [170] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 18 April 2018 (EDT)

Lack of progress

The latest funding bill Trump signed did not include any border wall funds, though it did include $800 million "for various disaster-related construction and procurement projects", which may include wall repairs: [171] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:23, 26 February 2018 (EST)

Also, the budet bill did not defund the EB-5 visa, despite its flaws: [172] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:15, 27 February 2018 (EST)
Trump stated that he would put on hold construction of the border wall in Caflifornia that the state wants until the entire wall is approved: [173][174][175] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:42, 2 March 2018 (EST)

"Redefining the wall"

This article is interesting (and unfortunate), as it shows what appears to be the Trump Administration's softening stance on what the border wall will be like. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:04, 28 September 2017 (EDT)

A good development -- the Trump Administration is asking for $18 billion in 10 years for the wall, and it appears to be making the wall a non-negotiable demand in the DACA talks.[176][177] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:09, 5 January 2018 (EST)
I guess that's nice, but it's sad that he is even considering DACA. The left has two main ways of generating voters: Illegal immigration and public education. If we can't cut the head off the snake, then we should cut the snake off the head. Without programs such as DACA, it will be harder for them to take over once-and-for-all. Next up: Public Education? --David B (TALK) 02:05, 6 January 2018 (EST)

DoD construction?

Trump reportedly wanted the DoD to build the wall, since the wall is a national security issue: [178][179][180][181][182] I've been wondering about this, though I did learn about the Posse Comitatus Act. Hopefully, Trump will find a way to build a real wall. --1990'sguy (talk) 13:43, 27 March 2018 (EDT)

The Pentagon has confirmed that Trump and DoD Secretary Mattis have discussed this: [183][184][185] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:12, 29 March 2018 (EDT)
Trump stated that he would deploy the military to secure the border,[186][187][188][189][190] with the White House clarifying that the National Guard would de deployed[191][192] (though this action would not be unprecedented[193]). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:49, 3 April 2018 (EDT)
Some interesting commentary on this: [194] Also, some developments on the migrant "caravan"[195][196][197] and more.[198] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:19, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
Trump will sign a proclamation sending national guard troops to the border: [199][200][201][202][203][204] This article on it is interesting: [205] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:50, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
More on this: [206] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 5 April 2018 (EDT)
Another interesting article: [207] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:28, 8 April 2018 (EDT)
California is, so far, refusing to deploy any of its National Guard troops: [208] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:03, 10 April 2018 (EDT)
Calfironia ultimately did decide to send troops: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. These developments are changing quickly, so I removed the mention of TX, NM, and AZ sending troops. It would take up a lot of space to note them all. What matters is that President Trump signed an order sending them to the border. Maybe we can note that the states send troops in a different way? --1990'sguy (talk) 10:19, 12 April 2018 (EDT)
Here's an interesting AP article on the past National Guard troops (though it seems to have a liberal bias by saying the other deployments "failed" because they cost a lot): [209] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:38, 14 April 2018 (EDT)
Here's more on California: [210][211][212] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:44, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

Here's another interesting source on the National Guard deployment: [213] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:39, 17 April 2018 (EDT)

Denying visas

The ACLU claims that the Trump Administration has started denying visas from the annual visa lottery for people from countries such as Iran and Yemen.[214] This appears to be connected to the travel ban. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:22, 9 August 2017 (EDT)

Other visa issues

Trump stated that he ordered the DHS to tighten visa vetting due to the terrorist attack in NYC, although he did not say what exactly he told them to do (since this was a vague order with no tangible documents, I will not add this to the article, unless I find something more).[215] Trump is also campaigning hard against the diversity visa program and for a merit-based immigration system, and hopefully he succeeds.[216][217][218] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:40, 1 November 2017 (EDT)

The DHS is delaying an apparent decision to end the H-4 visa program, which gives jobs to the spouses of white-collar guest workers: [219] Hopefully, it will ultimately follow through and end the program. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:29, 3 March 2018 (EST)
Here's a decent Indian article on a recent H-1B decision made by USCIS that I chose not to add: [220] I've noticed that their media pays close attention to H-1B visa decisions made by the Trump Administration. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:52, 21 March 2018 (EDT)
It took less than a week for the 85,000 H-1B visas available to be all taken: [221] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:40, 6 April 2018 (EDT)
Many H01B visa changes haven't materialized yet: [222] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2018 (EDT)

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen apparently wants to raise the cap for H-2B visas: [223][224] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:40, 11 April 2018 (EDT)


It is being reported that more liberal Trump Administration members are pushing for legalization of "Dreamers" (DACA) if Congress will also accept a border wall, reduced legal immigration, and E-verify implementation, among other changes.[225][226][227] From the little that I read, this seems like a fair tradeoff on paper, but other conservatives disagree, and liberals probably would not agree to accept all the conservative changes. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:19, 23 August 2017 (EDT)

Sure enough, Democrats rejected the potential deal: [228] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:14, 23 August 2017 (EDT)

Sanctions on countries refusing to accept deported aliens

I added and then removed this info: In August 2017, the Trump Administration implemented visa sanctions against four countries that continued to refuse to take back its citizens that the U.S. tried to deport.[2] I did so because is appears these sanctions have not gone into effect yet -- the Administration is taking steps to make it reality, but it is not reality yet: [229][230][231][232]

I will re-add this info once it becomes reality. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:51, 23 August 2017 (EDT)

Something I will add (if I remember): visa sanctions were enacted against Eritria and Guinea. Sanctions against two other countries might be announced very shortly. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:16, 12 September 2017 (EDT)
President Trump is threatening to issue sanctions on the remaining countries that are refusing to take back their nationals: [233][234] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:05, 5 February 2018 (EST)


I removed info I added in the "failures" section regarding DACA, as AG Jeff Sessions announced President Trump would undo DACA in six months.[235][236][237][238][239] The DHS began phasing the program out today,[240][241] and it ended a program that allowed illegals to receive green cards.[242] This is all good news, but I probably won't add it, at least most of this info, until it is confirmed that the program actually ends. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:24, 5 September 2017 (EDT)

There is some not-so-good news: Trump said he would "revisit" the issue if Congress does not essentially legalize the DACA program: [243][244][245][246][247] This article is also interesting: [248] This is a unique opportunity to possibly advance conservative immigration reforms along with legalizing DACA, but there is also a big chance that Congress will instead pass amnesty. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 5 September 2017 (EDT)
More comments that don't sound too good: [249][250][251] On the bright side, this DHS memo seems to take a harder stance on repealing DACA. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:59, 6 September 2017 (EDT)
The DHS agreed to temporarily readmit a DACA recipient to the U.S. who alledged he was "unlawfully deported": [252] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:37, 9 September 2017 (EDT)
The DHS announced the details to its plan to phase out DACA: [253] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:39, 20 September 2017 (EDT)
Here's a good thing (but not as good as simply repealing DACA): the rate at which the DHS denied DACA applications doubled even before Trump chose to repeal the program: [254] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:47, 22 September 2017 (EDT)
On the other hand, the Trump Administration still approved over 100,000 DACA applications between April and June 2017.[255] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:17, 22 September 2017 (EDT)
The number of DACA recipients who renewed their permits by the October 5 deadline to do so declined by 21%.[256] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:33, 7 October 2017 (EDT)
Interesting: according to this article, the number delined by about 14%.[257] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:55, 20 October 2017 (EDT)
The DHS stated that it will not target DACA recipients for deportation.[258] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:53, 23 October 2017 (EDT)

The White House stated that it supports full citizenship for "dreamers," something which contradicts what Trump himself recently stated.[259][260] Hopefully, the DACA bill won't give full citizenship. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:52, 3 October 2017 (EDT)

And they just took that statement back: [261] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:46, 4 October 2017 (EDT)

Trump's requirements for a DACA deal

This seems good: Trump's requested list of policy items for Congress to pass along with legalizing DACA are very good, very conservative: [262][263][264][265] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:23, 8 October 2017 (EDT)

Here are more sources. These seem like good requirements for a DACA deal, and it may be a good idea to add this to the article: [266][267][268][269][270] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:52, 9 October 2017 (EDT)
Some of the immigration enforcement positions that Trump wants for a DACA deal are things that were unexpected, according to the Washington Examiner, meaning that Trump is going over and beyond, which is good: [271] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:09, 10 October 2017 (EDT)
The White House stated that a DACA deal "must first deliver for American citizens and workers."[272] Good. --1990'sguy (talk) 16:13, 28 November 2017 (EST)
President Trump appears to have withdrawn his offer for a DACA deal, and for good reason -- Democrats and leftists have no desire to reach a genuine deal, and they are apparently OK with a massive caravan approaching the U.S.: [273][274][275] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 1 April 2018 (EDT)
More good, recent immigration statements by Trump: [276][277][278][279][280] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:11, 3 April 2018 (EDT)
Even more great statements, threatening to leave NAFTA and stop foreign aid to Honduras,[281] though he also, apparently, shrank the length of the wall.[282] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:49, 3 April 2018 (EDT)

DACA judicial activism

Several federal courts (left-wing appointees) have blocked the Trump Administration's attempt to undo DACA (meaning it's not allowed to enforce existing United States law), and the Supreme Court refused to hear the case at least until the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals hears it first: [283][284][285][286] This definitely won't be fun. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:10, 26 February 2018 (EST)

On the bright side, one federal judge did rule in favor of the Trump Administration ending DACA, though this decision does not undo the actions of the other court: [287][288] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:23, 6 March 2018 (EST)
Now, the Supreme Court is requiring Arizona to continue handing out drivers licenses to illegals because DACA hasn't been rescinded yet: [289][290][291] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:58, 19 March 2018 (EDT)

Pro-Trump appointments blocked

John Kelly's deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, reportedly blocked a lot of pro-Trump appointments at the DHS: [292] Now that she's in the White House, hopefully, the department will be more friendly towards conservative, pro-Trump nominees. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:22, 9 September 2017 (EDT)

Kirstjen Nielsen

And now, Kirstjen Nielsen is Trump's choice to lead the DHS.[293][294][295] I'm not very happy to hear this, and hopefully, my fears will be shown to be unsubstantiated. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:38, 12 October 2017 (EDT)

More evidence she is not the right nominee for the position: [296][297][298][299][300] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 20 October 2017 (EDT)
If we create an article on Nielsen, we should definately incorporate all this into it. The fact that she is a liberal RINO, at least on immigration issues, is very underreported. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:59, 7 November 2017 (EST)
Here are more articles, these being about her confirmation hearing in the Senate: [301][302][303][304][305] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:32, 8 November 2017 (EST)
More articles. I will keep adding them here until/unless I or someone else creates an article of her.[306][307][308][309][310][311][312] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 9 November 2017 (EST)

This seems like a good overview article:[313] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:45, 27 November 2017 (EST)

More negative appointments

Apparently, James D. Nealon, who Kelly appointed to his current position, is advocating against removing "temporary" protections to let immigrants from countries devastated by disasters to stay in the country.[314] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:12, 5 November 2017 (EST)

Good appointments

Trump chose Thomas Homan to be the permanent ICE Director: [315][316][317][318][319][320] While Homan is an Obama holdover (and some conservatives are unhappy with him[321]), he appears to have taken a strong position on immigration enforcement. --1990'sguy (talk) 16:30, 14 November 2017 (EST)

More good sources on Homan: [322][323] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:36, 2 March 2018 (EST)

Draining the swamp

While not an appointment, a senior State Department official who has a reputation of defending refugees, Lawrence Bartlett, has been temporarily reassigned to an office having nothing to do with immigration: [324] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:24, 9 January 2018 (EST)

Three senior career officials in charge of refugee-related activities has either resigned or been reassigned in the past few weeks: [325][326] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 15 January 2018 (EST)
Lavinia Limon, who served as a high-ranking official for refugee resettlement and later as the leader of a non-profit refugee organization paid by the government to help refugee resettlement, resigned from her role in the latter position, something which might mean that the government's refugee resettlement efforts will change or be reduced.[327] If so, this is a good thing. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:16, 19 January 2018 (EST)

Border apprehensions

Border apprehensions increased in August 2017: [328][329][330][331][332] This seems to be bad news, but not bad (or good) enough to be added to the article. I'm just noting here for everyone's interest. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:17, 11 September 2017 (EDT)

Illegal immigration rates fell in January 2018 for the first time since they began rising in April 2017: [333][334] This is good news, though the rates are still high, and I don't think this should be added to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 12:02, 8 February 2018 (EST)
According to the Center for Migration Studies, which I believe is a liberal pro-amnesty organization, the number of illegal immigrants in the U.S. is at the lowest point since 2003: [335][336] This is interesting, but the data they used all came from before Trump's inauguration as president, and the fact this is coming from a liberal organization would make me hesitant to add regardless. --1990'sguy (talk) 12:19, 22 February 2018 (EST)
Illegal immigration is increasing again: [337][338][339][340][341] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
The rate of illegal immigration by minors is increasing: [342] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 5 April 2018 (EDT)

Here's a very interesting article on the Trump Administration's efforts at ending "catch-and-release": [343] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2018 (EDT)

Many people opposed to Trump's pro-American immigration policies claim that border crossings have reached record lows, despite the massive increase in March. This seems to be one of those articles, but it's an interesting read nonetheless, and it might be useful, so I'll add it here: [344] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:33, 7 April 2018 (EDT)

Border security

The CBP is now testing drones so they can catch illegals: [345] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:43, 26 September 2017 (EDT)

About the travel ban in early 2017, here are some interesting articles about it (though the WaPo article especially is slanted against Trump, and these probably shouldn't be added: [346][347] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:03, 1 April 2018 (EDT)
There's a lot of waste and ineffeciency (to put it mildly) in the CBP -- the number of agents actually patrolling the border in key stretches reached as low as about 12%: [348] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:40, 6 April 2018 (EDT)

Illegals and other immigrants in the military

The Pantegon is considering ending a program that allows illegals to serve in the military: [349] Also, the military is canceling numerous contracts with immigrants: [350] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:19, 16 September 2017 (EDT)

Ending "temporary status"

The DHS will end "temporary residency" for refugees from Sudan after 21 years of having that status.[351] The status will end next year at the earliest, so I will not add this for now, but it is still good news. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:45, 18 September 2017 (EDT)

Politico has a different perspective: its article says that the DHS is extending the protected status until 2018 at the earliest: [352] Hopefully, the DHS has the guts to eventually finally end these programs. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:20, 19 September 2017 (EDT)
I can't figure it out either--there are many articles saying each thing, many of which were written on 10/18. Here are some more links on the subject. Ending/ended: [353] Extending/extended: [354] [355] [356] (those last two seem to be exact duplicates, probably from the AP). The prevailing claim seems to be that it is being extended, but I can't really tell for sure. --David B (TALK) 09:19, 10 October 2017 (EDT)

The Trump Administration may end the Temporary Protected Status program, which allows people to come to the U.S. if there is a disaster in their own countries.[357] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:22, 2 November 2017 (EDT)

This is ridiculous: The DHS chose to end TPS for about 5,000 Nicaraguans but "temporarily" extended it for 86,000 Hondourans.[358][359][360] (VoA's article shows different numbers) Hopefully, Breitbart's interpretation of this as a strategic move to force Democrats to compromise is correct. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:31, 7 November 2017 (EST)

This other Breitbart article considers the move a failure. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:18, 7 November 2017 (EST)
John Kelly reportedly tried to get Acting Secretary Duke to end TPS for the Hondourans. Good for Kelly, but he apparently failed.[361][362] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:48, 9 November 2017 (EST)

The DHS decided to end "temporary" status for nearly 60,000 Haitians in 2019,[363][364][365][366] something that supporters of amnesty obviously hate[367] but that some conservatives are also criticizing (for different reasons).[368] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:33, 21 November 2017 (EST)

The Trump Administration now just announced that it will end the "temporary" status for either about 200,000 or 260,000 Salvadoran immigrants (I see both numbers cited, but the lower one is more common): [369][370][371][372][373][374][375] However, the Trump Administration left open the possibility of negotiating this decision with Congress, and this decision does not take effect for some time anyway, so I won't add this, at least for the time being. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:47, 8 January 2018 (EST)
The DHS is extending "temporary status" for about 7,000 Syrians, though it apparently won't expand the program for Syrians: [376][377][378][379][380] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:10, 1 February 2018 (EST)

A DHS official who fought for extending protected status, James D. Nealon, resigned: [381] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:03, 11 February 2018 (EST)

Canada prepares for a surge

Canada is preparing for a surge of illegal immigration into the country as the residency permits for Central American people soon expire.[382] This is a good thing for the U.S. (probably not for Canada), because it shows that these people take Trump seriously, and just having Trump in the White House is reducing the level of illegals in the country. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:41, 20 September 2017 (EDT)

Asylum reform

AG Jeff Sessions criticized the U.S. asylum system and called on Congress to reform it.[383][384][385][386][387][388] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:09, 12 October 2017 (EDT)

Here's another interesting article: [389] I'm not sure if this is entirely just proposals, or if there's something more substantial at the moment. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 16 October 2017 (EDT)

Immigration jails: very possible info to add

The DHS is looking for additional jails to keep illegals until they can be deported, and several of the locations are in "sanctuary" cities but will be operated only by ICE, which is a good move.[390][391][392] This is all good news, but this is only in the planning stage, so I don't want to add it yet. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 18 October 2017 (EDT)

Questionable refugee dinner

President Trump will attend a dinner intended to promote a UN refugee agency: [393] Hopefully, nothing bad will come out of this. --18:55, 19 October 2017 (EDT)

Likely failure to add: 2017 work permits

The Trump Administration will have given out 2 million work permits to immigrants, many of them being illegal.[394][395] It might be a good idea to add this to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:54, 24 October 2017 (EDT)

Congressional actions

Paul Ryan might sneak DACA amnesty into the upcoming budget bill: [396] Hopefully, he won't actually do that. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:30, 25 October 2017 (EDT)

Ending tax credits for illegals (outcome: failure)

The GOP tax reform bill, if passed in its current form, will end illegals from getting $23.1 billion in tax credits in the next decade.[397] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:34, 4 November 2017 (EDT)

This ended in failure -- not only were the tax credits not cut, but they're even more generous: [398][399][400][401][402] This might be something to add as a failure (it's obviously bad), but I'm not sure. Are there any sources published after the bill was signed (other than NumbersUSA)? --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

Ending other benefits (illegal or legal)

The Trump Administration may try to create a policy that denies citizenship to any immigrant who gets any type of public benefit: [403][404][405] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

Taking away citizenship

The DOJ is starting to revoke the naturalized citizenship of immigrants who unlawfully received it: [406][407] This is good, but we should see what happens with it before adding this. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:35, 9 January 2018 (EST)

Now, the DOJ is trying to revoke the citizenship of five individuals who hid the fact they were sexually abusing minors when applying for U.S. citizenship: [408][409] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:55, 24 February 2018 (EST)

2020 Census

The Trump Administration is trying to add a question about one's citizenship status to the 2020 Census -- this article points out that such a question was on the census between 1960–2000, and it was the Obama Administration that removed it: [410] Trump would merely be bringing it back. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:13, 22 January 2018 (EST)

However, three surveys run by the Census Bureau still asked the question: [411] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:23, 27 March 2018 (EDT)
Here's an interesting article showing that his debate is only controversial in the U.S.: [412] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:31, 29 March 2018 (EDT)
Another interesting article, this time on the Commerce Department's plans: [413] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:38, 4 April 2018 (EDT)

American workers and rising wages

This Breitbart article states (citing a CNN article) that one reason why wages in the textile industry are rising is because of the Trump Administration's immigration policies: [414] This is good news, but a single quote made by someone being interviewed by CNN is not enough for me to add this to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:27, 5 February 2018 (EST)

Here's a similar (and better) article: [415] I'm still not confident enough to add this to the article (since I don't see how the rising wages are primarily because of the tougher immigration enforcement, as the article seems to suggest), but I would appreciate other opinions. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:55, 18 February 2018 (EST)
I don't know without research about overall wage increases, but I expect they will take place eventually if not now. I do know that companies all across the US are giving out tax-savings bonuses, so that's a good start anyway! --David B (TALK) 00:47, 19 February 2018 (EST)

Here's another article about this: [416] Once again, it's very likely that immigration enforcement is a big reason for the rising wages, but I just don't see that strong of a connection, based on the cited articles (and immigration enforcement is not massively stronger than under Obama, though it is noticeably better). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:26, 11 March 2018 (EDT)

Here's another article, and this one seems to make a much stronger case than the other ones: [417] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:15, 14 April 2018 (EDT)
Yet another article: [418] It may be good to add these. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:12, 16 April 2018 (EDT)

According to Bloomberg, American banks are actually reconsidering hiring foreign workers: [419] This seems like an article to add, though as far as I see, it really only talks about the employers considering new policies. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:51, 23 March 2018 (EDT)

A WaPo editorial complained about a tight labor market because of Trump Administration policies, so that's evidence that Trump is doing the right thing: [420] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:45, 11 April 2018 (EDT)
A related article on this topic: [421] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 18 April 2018 (EDT)

USCIS mission statement (potential addition)

The USCIS is apparently going to remove "a nation of immigrants" from its mission statement, among other changes: [422][423][424][425] This is definitely something to add if it does through, and hopefully it will. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:50, 22 February 2018 (EST)
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  2. Dinan, Stephen (August 23, 2017). Trump to stop travel from countries that refuse to help Homeland Security. The Washington Times. Retrieved August 23, 2017.