Talk:Donald Trump achievements: 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)
Despite the Trump Administration's warnings, the DHS is continuing to fund "sanctuary" cities: [24][25] This is possibly something to add as a failure. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:20, 29 May 2018 (EDT)

A federal judge blocked Trump's executive order on "sanctuary" cities.[26][27][28] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:56, 21 November 2017 (EST)

Now the DOJ is threatening subpoenas on "sanctuary" cities: [29][30] --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: [31] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:02, 6 March 2018 (EST)
The DOJ asked the Supreme Court to intervene: [32][33][34][35] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:27, 27 June 2018 (EDT)

Small victory

The city of West Palm Beach, in Florida, dropped its "sanctuary" status, which is good news for the Trump Administration: [36] This may be something to add, but it may be too insignificant for this article. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:49, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

However, this study found that the number of "sanctuary" cities has massively risen during the Trump Administration: [37] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 11 May 2018 (EDT)
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit temporarily limited the scope of an injunction against the DOJ's order limiting funds to "sanctuary" cities -- the case may go to the Supreme Court: [38][39][40] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 26 June 2018 (EDT)
The DOJ began distributing the grants[41][42][43] -- this may be something to add, but it seems very minor, and it might be best to add it only once a final decision is reached. Also, this ruling appears to be based on a July 2017 decision made by the DOJ over certain funds -- the DOJ made several announcements of this policy, and I may have missed the one in July 2017. --1990'sguy (talk) 16:43, 27 June 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.[44] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:40, 4 July 2017 (EDT)

Interesting article related to this: [45] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:44, 8 April 2018 (EDT)
Environmental regulations are making it difficult for border agents to fill drug-smuggler tunnels: [46][47] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:16, 25 May 2018 (EDT)
A somewhat interesting article on "Trump's 3 immigration wars": [48] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:43, 27 November 2018 (EST)

Tracking visa overstays: starting 2018 (expected)

The DHS states they will begin tracking visa overstays in 2018.[49] 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: [50] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2018 (EDT)

Great statements, 2018

From the State of the Union speech: President Trump criticized open borders[51] and stated that "Americans are dreamers, too."[52] I might have to add this to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:35, 30 January 2018 (EST)

More great immigration statements that might be good to add to this article: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:55, 10 May 2018 (EDT)
More statements: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:40, 15 May 2018 (EDT)
The Left complately took Trump's "animals" comment out of context, but fortunately, Trump (as usual) isn't backing down: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:51, 17 May 2018 (EDT)
These were not public statements, but Trump reportedly made some very strong comments on immigration at the G7 summit: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:35, 15 June 2018 (EDT)
Nice! Only a few days after speaking with Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban,[53] Trump directly and strongly criticized Europe for its open borders immigration policy (1,2,3,4,5). --1990'sguy (talk) 12:36, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
More great statements from Trump (1,2,3,4) and DHS Secretary Nielsen (1,2,3,4). --1990'sguy (talk) 14:09, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
Other statements (some of the articles are a bit outdated, though): 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 20 June 2018 (EDT)
Trump made some more great statements today, comparing a secure border to how people don't want uninvited guests on their lawns: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:59, 5 July 2018 (EDT)
Another great statement on legal vs. illegal immigration: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 20:55, 10 July 2018 (EDT)
Here are some more sources on Trump's "culture" comments criticizing mass European migration: 1,2 I was going to add at least one of the two articles to this page, but I'm just adding them to the talk page since they're filled with negative comments about Trump's immigration stances by political hacks. --1990'sguy (talk) 16:09, 18 July 2018 (EDT)
Trump stated in an interview that "not one" country has been improved by mass migration: [54] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:25, 18 July 2018 (EDT)
Some more good statements: 1,2,3,4 Hopefully, Trump will follow through. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:42, 29 July 2018 (EDT)
Trump doubled down today, though he stated he will not draw and "red lines" like Obama did: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:04, 30 July 2018 (EDT)
More statements on a potential shutdown: [55] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:54, 6 September 2018 (EDT)
Trump used a recent terror attack in France as a reason for securing America's own borders: [56] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:10, 13 December 2018 (EST)

Some more great statements, criticizing "catch-and-release", among other policies: [57] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:30, 2 August 2018 (EDT)

Trump is criticizing the GOP for not including enough border wall funding in its spending bill: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:29, 20 September 2018 (EDT)
More good statements from Trump on how dumb U.S. immigration laws are: [58] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 15 October 2018 (EDT)
Some more good statements, though we should be cautious about his statements on reaching a deal with Dems: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:02, 20 October 2018 (EDT)
Smart -- Trump is highlighting Obama's past tough-on-immigration statements: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 09:39, 24 October 2018 (EDT)
More great statements about the border, Soros, and others: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:36, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
Some really good statements by Trump, questioning why the caravan migrants are waving the flags of other countries if they want to go to the U.S.: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:40, 16 November 2018 (EST)
Some more great statements from Trump: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:49, 26 November 2018 (EST)
In this specific statement (also linked right above), Trump accused Cental American countries of dumping their worst people (that they want to get rid of) into the U.S.: [59] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:18, 26 November 2018 (EST)
Another good statement, about defending American borders rather than those of foreign countries: [60] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:18, 26 November 2018 (EST)
More statements: [61] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:20, 26 November 2018 (EST)
Another great statement, on how the U.S.'s first priority should be for its citizens: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:49, 8 December 2018 (EST)
Trump states that the military might build the wall if Democrats don't fund it: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:27, 11 December 2018 (EST)
Also today, Trump got into a public argument with Schumer and Palosi over wall funding: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:10, 11 December 2018 (EST)
Trump stated that Mexico will pay for the wall through the savings from the USMCA: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 09:40, 13 December 2018 (EST)
Another great statement, recognizing he won the 2016 election on a strong-on-borders agenda: [62] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:38, 23 December 2018 (EST)

Some very good statements from Trump -- he defended his old policy of separating illegal migrant families at the border, noting that the fear of separation will deter them: 1,2,3,4 Hopefully, he will act accordingly. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:51, 14 October 2018 (EDT)

Hopefully, Trump will follow through on these threats if Democrats don't fund the wall: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11 --1990'sguy (talk) 09:50, 28 December 2018 (EST)
Fortunately, Trump is pushing back on Kelly's statements that the administration won't pursue a wall, with Trump stating that it will push for an actual wall: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 13:57, 31 December 2018 (EST)
Trump blamed Democrats for migrant deaths, as they oppose any pro-American immigration reforms: [63] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:51, 1 January 2019 (EST)
Trump described the migrant caravan as an invasion, which is good and accurate (considering the context): [64] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:41, 14 March 2019 (EDT)

Some good statements from Pence: "If you can’t come legally, don’t come at all": 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:20, 26 June 2018 (EDT)

Good statements from AG Sessions (though pretty much all his comments on immigration are great): [65] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 30 June 2018 (EDT)
Another great statement from Pence, calling the caravan "an assault on our country": [66] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:17, 30 October 2018 (EDT)
A good statement from Secretary Nielsen: [67] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
More good Pence statements: [68] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:48, 12 December 2018 (EST)
Very true statement by the DHS about the strain in the U.S. immigration system: [69] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:06, 27 December 2018 (EST)
While some of Kelly's comments in the Los Angeles Times interview were ridiculous, he did criticize "catch-and-release" laws: [70] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:09, 1 January 2019 (EST)
More from the DHS, though this article is biased against its pro-wall statements: [71] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:07, 28 April 2019 (EDT)

ICE crackdowns

The acting ICE Director is stating he will deploy more ICE agents to crack down on illegal immigrants in "sanctuary" cities.[72][73][74] 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.[75][76][77] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:19, 22 July 2017 (EDT)
There were rumors that ICE would conduct a major operation to crack down on illegals: [78] 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: 1,2,3,4,5 --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.1,2,3 Hopefully, it will follow through. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 18 October 2017 (EDT)
Also according to Homan, ICE will try to increase the number of its deportations of illegal immigrant families: [79] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:00, 23 May 2018 (EDT)
Some people are saying that Trump's tough immigration policies are deterring illegals from testifying in court cases: [80][81] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:32, 23 September 2018 (EDT)

ICE is asking technology companies for help in tracking visa holders in the U.S.[82] Also, while not something by ICE, the CBP is installed surveillance equipment at the site where the border wall prototypes are being constructed.[83] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 28 November 2017 (EST)

ICE is promising to step up its immigration workplace enforcement next year.[84] 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: [85] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:48, 11 January 2018 (EST)
ICE just arrested 37 illegals in New Jersey: [86] Unless I see more articles about this, I won't add this to the article, since 37 is smaller than than many of the other recent operations I added. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 19 July 2018 (EDT)
ICE raided the dairy farm where the illegal accused of murdering Molly Tibbetts worked: [87] This doesn't appear to be a very significant raid, besides the fact of its connection to the Molly Tibbetts case, so I probably won't add it. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:47, 6 September 2018 (EDT)

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: [88][89][90][91][92][93] --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: [94] --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): [95][96][97] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:15, 14 March 2018 (EDT)

Here's an interesting article on a recent crackdown: [98] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:56, 18 April 2018 (EDT)
First off, this article is extremely biased against the Trump Administration and toward a left-wing view of illegal immigration, but there are still some interesting things in it: [99] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:51, 20 June 2018 (EDT)
This article also is biased and exaggerates the situation, but it's interesting to read: [100] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:58, 24 June 2018 (EDT)

ICE apparently has a record number of migrants in detention: 1,2 This seems like good news, but I've only seen left-leaning sources (that don't have a high view of this) report on this so far, so I don't see how it's significant enough to add, at least right now.--1990'sguy (talk) 18:40, 12 November 2018 (EST)

I tried doing a little research on it myself, but the only new thing I learned is that Trump sells bottled water under the name "Trump Ice".... not at all helpful to your issue, but I thought I'd share the humor.
This might be worth adding, but I agree, it would be better if we had a conservative source to back it up. --David B (TALK) 19:16, 12 November 2018 (EST)

Interesting article on a planned ICE raid in 2017 (which apparently was never carried out): [101] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:56, 3 July 2019 (EDT)

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

ICE wants to double its number of employees by 2023.[102] 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.[103] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:40, 16 November 2017 (EST)
The Trump Administration is actively trying to increase the number of border patrol agents: [104] 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: [105] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 17 January 2018 (EST)

More ICE/law enforcement news

ICE might become an intelligence agency: [106] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:04, 7 February 2018 (EST)

An interesting proposed ICE policy that pro-amnesty groups seem very hysterical about: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:29, 16 February 2018 (EST)
Here's an interesting "fact check" article by the Associated Press on ICE immigration enforcement: [107] --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: [108] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:19, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
Congressional Democrats are trying to effectively prevent ICE from enforcing U.S. immigration law: [109] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:06, 15 May 2018 (EDT)
ICE and the Social Security Administration have both endorsed mandatory E-Verify: [110] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:22, 11 June 2018 (EDT)
ICE is reportedly seeking to deport thousands of migrants convicted of crimes even though immigration judges closed their cases: [111] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:07, 16 August 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration reportedly shifted nearly $10 million from FEMA to ICE: [112] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 11 September 2018 (EDT)
Update: it was fake news: [113] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:38, 12 September 2018 (EDT)
According to this, ICE received almost $170 million from various DHS agencies: [114] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:27, 13 September 2018 (EDT)
ICE is reportedly asking for an extra $1 billion to help advance President Trump's agenda on deportations: [115] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:01, 13 September 2018 (EDT)
According to an audit, ICE's program for local police departments to cooperate with the agency has been overextended: [116] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:00, 24 September 2018 (EDT)
An interesting article on some recent ICE actions, though probably not appropriate enough to add to the article: [117] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:44, 23 November 2018 (EST)
Hopefully, the CBP won't cave to left-wing pressure on tear gas, especially after the Obama administration used it dozens of times: [118] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:49, 28 November 2018 (EST)
More on ICE's work on the border: [119] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:12, 30 November 2018 (EST)

More sources on the February 2017 John Kelly memos, which I completely missed last year: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:23, 15 April 2018 (EDT)

Trump criticized the government's policy of separating parents from children and blamed Dems for not repealing it: 1,2,3 This might seem soft, but he advocated for his usual immigration measures alongside this, including ending "catch-and-release." --1990'sguy (talk) 20:03, 26 May 2018 (EDT)
Marco Rubio (surprisingly) has a decent solution to this (though he's by no means someone I would aspire to emulate regarding immigration policy) -- keep families intact but quickly deport them to their home countries.[120] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:21, 27 May 2018 (EDT)

The Associated Press is saying that some immigrants are hesitant to speak languages other than English: 1,2 This story is clearly biased against Trump and is less significant than it might appear at first glance, but if Trump really is changing the culture by encouraging English, that's a good thing. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:29, 26 May 2018 (EDT)

A somewhat interesting (but not appropriate to cite) article of a recent DOJ decision that I recently added: [121] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:14, 30 May 2018 (EDT)
1,600 ICE detainees are being sent to federal prisons: 1,2 Also, here is data (some of which released today) about the proportion of illegals and criminal aliens in the nation's prisons: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:06, 7 June 2018 (EDT)
Between October 2016 and February 2018, 1,800 illegal families were separated at the border: [122][123] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:10, 8 June 2018 (EDT)
This article is (obviously) biased against the Trump Administration, as one can tell by the title and much of the content, though it's still notable enough that I'm posting here: [124] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 17 June 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration will apparently begin fingerprinting parents who are claiming children who entered the country illegally alone: [125] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 21 June 2018 (EDT)
Not about ICE, but the CPB confiscated hundreds of fake IDs this year: [126] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:12, 30 August 2018 (EDT)
This one is about the USCIS, but the government is investigating over 13000 Chinese migrants for allegedly using fake stories to get into the U.S. for asylum: 1,2 I don't see how this is significant enough to add to the article (it's an enforcement action, not a policy change/shift, among other reasons), though it's obviously good to see the government doing something about it. --1990'sguy (talk) 12:18, 6 October 2018 (EDT)

NBC News reported that the Trump Administration is giving failed asylum-seekers a form where they can choose to be deported with or without their kids, if they have them: 1,2,3,4 The facts surrounding this are not clear (probably because of the media's biased portrayal of this), but it's probably not something to add, since it appears to have existed before the Trump Administration, and if it was created during it, it was because of a court order restricting the administration. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:19, 4 July 2018 (EDT)

The DHS believes that 400 migrants faked lied about having kids, or about their own ages, to get asylum in 2018: [127] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 27 November 2018 (EST)
A somewhat interesting article on migrant detentions (though I won't add it since it's based on a report by a left-wing organization),[128] and meanwhile, left-wing judges are continuing to undermine the administration's policies: [129] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:04, 26 December 2018 (EST)
The number of defendants seen in court because they were charged with re-entering the U.S. illegally a second time increased 40%: [130] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 1 January 2019 (EST)

The DOJ is considering expanding the AG's power to make immigration rulings before it gets to the BIA: [131] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:45, 23 October 2018 (EDT)

Unfortunately, Trump does not appear to be advocating for E-Verify, though he probably should: [132] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:11, 9 December 2018 (EST)

Hopefully, Trump will follow these people's advice and move to establish mandatory E-Verify: [133] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:37, 29 December 2018 (EST)
The shutdown is preventin E-Verify checks on Capitol Hill: [134] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:26, 2 January 2019 (EST)

Caving on zero tolerance?

Several media articles have said there has been some confusion on the changes resulting from Trump executive order yesterday, and from my perspective, they seem to be mostly right. The CBP has apparently decided to stop referring illegal migrant parents for prosecution, and some immigration cases have been delayed and/or dismissed (though the U.S. attorneys have disputed they are dismissing anything). It could very well be that the media is exaggerating how much the Trump Administration is caving to them, but we should keep an eye on how closely they're enforcing the zero-tolerance policy: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:10, 21 June 2018 (EDT)

Some other interesting articles on this: [135][136] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:02, 23 June 2018 (EDT)
Stephen Miller, Trump's advisor on immigration issues, wants Trump to signed several more executive orders and other moves to strengthen the Administration's immigration policies, but this incident reportedly might (keyword is "might") hurt his efforts: [137] We'll see what happens, but I really hope Miller will be successful in his support for more strong immigration measures. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:50, 23 June 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration has released several illegals already: [138] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:11, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
The proposal looks promising, giving illegal parents the ability to choose whether they want to be temporarily separated or to be detained together in a "tent city": [139] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:43, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
Now, the State Department is opposing separating illegal alien parents from their illegal minor children: [140] This could possibly be added as a failure, though it isn't that significant of an action. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:56, 28 June 2018 (EDT)
Two good developments: the DHS wants to release illegals with anckle monitors, which is the next best thing to zero tolerance: [141] Also, the DHS does not want to "reunite" illegal minors with adults who are not actually their parents: [142] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:14, 10 July 2018 (EDT)
However, many of these migrants are choosing to leave without their children: [143] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:15, 11 July 2018 (EDT)
This DHS Inspector General's report seems overly critical, but it's still interesting: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:02, 2 October 2018 (EDT)

The Pentagon will house thousands of illegals for the Trump Administration: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,910,11,12 The Trump Administration is also looking for 15,000 extra beds for illegals: [144] I will add this info soon, but I think it's too early to do it right now. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:35, 25 June 2018 (EDT)

They got another request, from the DHS: [145][146][147] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:35, 27 June 2018 (EDT)
The DOJ still wants to keep its anti-"catch-and release" policies intact, which is good: [148][149][150] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:30, 29 June 2018 (EDT)
Because of bureaucracy, the Pentagon is going slowly in meeting the requests: [151] --1990'sguy (talk) 07:50, 10 July 2018 (EDT)

Some of this has nothing to do with Trump -- a federal judge just ordered the Trump Administration to start releasing certain "asylum seekers" into the country again: [152][153][154][155] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:49, 2 July 2018 (EDT)

Private prisons may have a role in the Trump Administration's zero tolerance policies going forward: [156] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:00, 4 July 2018 (EDT)
A judge rejected the Trump Administration's request for the long-term detention of illegal minors: [157][158][159][160] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:51, 9 July 2018 (EDT)
This is ridiculous -- a judge just ordered the Trump Administration to stop deporting illegal migrant families who were just reunited: [161][162][163][164][165][166] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:16, 16 July 2018 (EDT)
In other news, the same judge said the process of reuniting these illegals together "has been completed": [167] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:42, 29 July 2018 (EDT)
Another ridiculous ruling by a left-wing judge: [168][169] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:43, 7 August 2018 (EDT)

This settlement, which has yet to be approved as I write, doesn't appear to be helpful, though it's limited in scope: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:53, 15 September 2018 (EDT)

The White House is drafting a new border separation policy: [170] Hopefully, this one will go forward. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:15, 13 October 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: [171] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:21, 19 September 2017 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is discussing using DNA tests to verify parent-child relationships for illegals: [172] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:08, 20 June 2018 (EDT)

Interesting op-ed article regarding the portion of Trump's travel ban order about speeding up the implementation of the biometric entry-exit policy, something Congress passed earlier: [173] This might be something to add, but only if I find other sources. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:10, 2 September 2018 (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: [174] 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: [175][176][177] --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: [178] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:53, 14 July 2017 (EDT)

Some Republicans are trying to take this out: [179] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:43, 17 July 2017 (EDT)

Proposed deportation expansion changes

[180][181] 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: [182] --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: 1,2,3,[183]4 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:15, 17 January 2018 (EST)
More on immigration judges changes/proposals: [184] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:29, 10 March 2018 (EST)
The immigration judges labor union has filed a labor grievance because it claims that the DOJ is undermining its independence (as if it ever was independent): 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:41, 8 August 2018 (EDT)
This is an interesting article discussion some of the actions Sessions has taken to advance a conservative migration agenda, though I probably won't add this article since it devotes most of the article to criticizing the current immigration courts structure (for being "too political") and discussing that issue: [185] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:14, 18 August 2018 (EDT)

This is concerning -- because of a recent Supreme Court ruling, the government might be forced to forgo up to thousands of deportations of illegals and other migrants: [186] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:10, 17 October 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration reinterpreted an agreement with Vietnam to allow it to deport more Vietnamese migrants that had to be deported, and it reportedly reinterpreted the agreement even further: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:38, 12 December 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: [187] --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.: [188] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:16, 3 April 2018 (EDT)

Deportations in early 2018 are rising, reaching levels seen during the Obama Administration: [189][190] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:35, 13 May 2018 (EDT)
The backlog in immigration court cases is continuing to increase: [191] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:35, 11 June 2018 (EDT)
Interesting article on how the Trump Administration's immigration enforcement actions are being opposed more by leftist states: [192] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:01, 24 July 2018 (EDT)

It's being reported that the Trump Administration is deporting certain illegals as they wait for a certain visa to stay if they're a victim of a crime: [193][194] The Trump Administration appears to deny any specific policy change on this specific matter, so I probably won't add it to the article, though it's good that they're taking a more stringent stance than the Obama Administration. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:27, 19 July 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)

I looked at this further, and the reason why it exceeded the cap was that the first 3.75 months of FY2017 were during Obama's presidency, which saw much higher refugee numbers then. Thus, the fact that the number of refugees (barely) exceeded the cap (which was over 50% lower than Obama's original cap for that year) does not conflict with the fact that only about 30,000 refugees were admitted during Trump's first year in office (all based on the State Department's data, which I checked. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:13, 15 July 2018 (EDT)
This source is interesting, though it's probably irrelevant by now: [195] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:13, 15 July 2018 (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: [196][197] --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.[198][199] --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: [200] --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: [201] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:45, 21 March 2018 (EDT)

Interesting article showing that the State Department and the Pentagon (focus is on the Pentagon) oppose lowering the refugee limit more: [202][203] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:30, 20 August 2018 (EDT)
The article above also discussed Iraqi refugees, and here's another one on it (though it should be noted that these articles cast the refugees in too sympathetic of a light): [204] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:27, 21 August 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.[205][206][207][208][209] However, the Administration could have suspended the program or reduced it further.[210] 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: [211] --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: [212][213][214] Just a few days ago, it was reported the State Department would close 20 refugee offices and scale down operations in 40 more: [215][216][217][218] 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: [219] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:29, 16 February 2018 (EST)
I added info of this to the article, but here's another potentially useful article that I still don't think should be added to the article: [220] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:55, 13 November 2018 (EST)

More refugee news

The Trump Administration may move the U.S. refugee program from the State Department to the USAID (though it earlier wanted to move it to the DHS): [221] This would seem like a good move if it happens (though I would have preferred the DHS). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:05, 7 May 2018 (EDT)

The number of people seeking asylum to the has massively risen between 2009 and 2017: [222] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:09, 9 May 2018 (EDT)
Mike Pompeo celebrated "World Refugee Day", something which could potentially be added to the "failures" section: [223][224] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:54, 20 June 2018 (EDT)
On second thought, it might be better to just leave out, as it's very likely this is just a harmless move. --1990'sguy (talk) 12:20, 20 June 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration may increase aid for refugees fleeing Venezuela: [225] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:15, 25 June 2018 (EDT)
These articles are clearly biased against the Trump Administration, but they are still interesting, disucssing the number of Christian refugees entering the country: [226][227] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:23, 19 September 2018 (EDT)
Another article related to this general topic: [228] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:42, 9 October 2018 (EDT)
This article is ridiculously biased against the Trump Administration's refugee policies, but it might still be interesting to read: [229] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:40, 26 December 2018 (EST)

Wall prototype construction

Preparations are underway for the DHS's wall prototypes.[230] --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.[231][232][233][234] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:39, 1 August 2017 (EDT)
DHS Secretary waived over 36 laws.[235] --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: [236] 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: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:38, 31 August 2017 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is already pledging $2.4 billion for the wall: [237] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:52, 10 September 2017 (EDT)
The DHS waived some more laws to help speed up the prototypes: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:37, 12 September 2017 (EDT)
Construction of the wall prototypes have begun: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:51, 26 September 2017 (EDT)

The prototypes are almost complete and testing is beginning: 1,2,3,4 Some illegal immigrants have already been apprehended in the area of the prototypes.[238] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:55, 19 October 2017 (EDT)

Overflow articles that I will not use as sources: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 29 October 2017 (EDT)
Testing has begun: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:54, 22 December 2017 (EST)
The tests seem to be going well, and the prototypes appear to be effective: [239] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:35, 19 January 2018 (EST)
An interesting article on the situation on the southern border right now: [240] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:05, 21 January 2018 (EST)
Interesting article on the DHS and the wall prototypes -- things appear to not be going as smoothly as hoped: [241] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:57, 8 August 2018 (EDT)
The GAO isn't pleased at how the DHS has handled the wall construction process: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:11, 8 August 2018 (EDT)
More on the apparent ineffectiveness of the prototypes: [242] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:58, 18 September 2018 (EDT)

I missed this article, from the beginning of Trump's presidency, on the state of the U.S. southern border: [243] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:41, 17 January 2019 (EST)

Other wall progress

The DHS again waived "dozens" of environmental regulations to make way for the wall: [244] --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: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:28, 22 January 2018 (EST)
The DHS is reconstructing a portion of the currently-existing fence in Calexico, California: 1,2 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: 1,2,3,4 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: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 9 April 2018 (EDT)
More on the Calexico border wall segment that I may add soon: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:33, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Another article on the wall construction/repairs: [245] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:39, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
And here's an interesting article on border seurity in the Rio Grande under Trump: [246] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 18 April 2018 (EDT)
Construction of a section of border wall along the border at San Diego just began: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:35, 2 June 2018 (EDT)
Property owners in southern Texas have reportedly been receiving requests from the government to survey their land for the potential border wall construction: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:32, 8 July 2018 (EDT)
A duplicate but potentially useful article on this topic: [247] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:13, 5 November 2018 (EST)

Trump stated he approved a 115-mile contract to build a section of border wall in Texas, but the sources I found could not verify this: 1,2,3,4 I hope to find clarity soon, but for now, this probably should not be added to the article. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:04, 3 January 2019 (EST)

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: [248] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:23, 26 February 2018 (EST)

Also, the budet bill did not defund the EB-5 visa, despite its flaws: [249] --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: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:42, 2 March 2018 (EST)
Trump now states that he will allow California wall improvements to continue: [250] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:09, 9 May 2018 (EDT)
An interesting article of the Laredo Sector of the border: [251] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:26, 16 May 2018 (EDT)
Congresses border funding bills so far this year don't have much money for building the wall, and they contain several pro-mass migration measures: [252] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:08, 7 September 2018 (EDT)
Trump said he light try a "backup plan" if Congress doesn't approve border wall funding -- mainly by having the military continue to lay razor wire along the border: [253] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 27 November 2018 (EST)

This op-ed argues that the Trump Administration could still find the funds to build the wall without Congress explicitly funding it: [254] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:07, 13 December 2018 (EST)

The Trump Administration is now trying to do just that, with its announcement yesterday: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:15, 19 December 2018 (EST)
Great statement by Trump on how the wall is both effective and beautiful: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:17, 22 December 2018 (EST)
The details in Trump's $5 billion request for border wall funds: [255] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:57, 24 December 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.[256][257] --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: 1,2,3,4,5 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: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:12, 29 March 2018 (EDT)
Trump stated that he would deploy the military to secure the border (1,2,3,4,5), with the White House clarifying that the National Guard would de deployed[258][259] (though this action would not be unprecedented[260]). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:49, 3 April 2018 (EDT)
Some interesting commentary on this: [261] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:19, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
Trump will sign a proclamation sending national guard troops to the border: 1,2,3,4,5,6 This article on it is interesting: [262] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:50, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
More on this: [263] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 5 April 2018 (EDT)
Another interesting article: [264] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:28, 8 April 2018 (EDT)
California is, so far, refusing to deploy any of its National Guard troops: [265] --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): [266] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:38, 14 April 2018 (EDT)
Here's more on California: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:44, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
200 CA National Guard troops are finally going to the border: [267] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:52, 29 April 2018 (EDT)

Missouri is one of the states sending National Guard troops: [268] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 1 May 2018 (EDT)

100 were just sent: [269] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:26, 16 May 2018 (EDT)
The Pentagon approved another 736 National Guard troops: 1,2 Meanwhile, the National Border Patrol Council is opposing the guard troops, which is interesting: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:16, 25 May 2018 (EDT)

Here's another interesting source on the National Guard deployment: [270] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:39, 17 April 2018 (EDT)

Another interesting article: [271] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:09, 9 May 2018 (EDT)

Interesting -- the DoD may use $450 million to help improve and build new wall segments: 1,2,3,4 Let's see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:19, 6 September 2018 (EDT)

The DoD says it has the authority to build portions of the wall: [272] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:26, 12 December 2018 (EST)

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.[273] This appears to be connected to the travel ban. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:22, 9 August 2017 (EDT)

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.[274] 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,[275][276] but according to Breitbart, this requirement is not as strong as reported.[277] 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)

The DHS is again giving an additional 15,000 H-2B visas: [278] It's clearly a failure, though I don't know if I should add it to the article (I didn't add last year's action either). --1990'sguy (talk) 21:51, 4 May 2018 (EDT)

And once again: [279][280][281][282] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:16, 25 May 2018 (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).[283] Trump is also campaigning hard against the diversity visa program and for a merit-based immigration system, and hopefully he succeeds.[284][285][286] --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: [287] 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: [288] 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: [289] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:40, 6 April 2018 (EDT)
Many H–1B visa changes haven't materialized yet: [290] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2018 (EDT)
The USCIS is reportedly going to take action against H-1B visa fraud soon: [291][292] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:44, 23 April 2018 (EDT)
The USCIS is reportedly drafting its recommendations for Congress regarding recorming H-2B visas: [293] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:15, 11 July 2018 (EDT)
Migrants may possibly lose the jobs they have in the U.S. because of the longer visa processing times: [294] --1990'sguy (talk)

DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen apparently wants to raise the cap for H-2B visas: [295][296] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:40, 11 April 2018 (EDT)

Over 600,000 foreigners overstayed their visas in 2017: [297][298][299] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:11, 7 August 2018 (EDT)
This Breitbart article has a positive interpretation of the news, as the level is 8% less than the previous year: [300] This article alone is tempting me to add it, but the drop seems relatively insignificant, and the BB article is the only one I've seen so far reporting on the drop, so I might just leave it out. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:39, 7 August 2018 (EDT)
Interesting article on how visa overstays are contributing big time to the mass migration to the U.S.: [301] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:41, 8 August 2018 (EDT)

The DOJ charged an Indian CEO with massive H-1B visa fraud, good news, though probably not significant enough to add to the article: [302] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:49, 31 August 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration considered making it impossible for Chinese students to study in the U.S. -- interesting articles on this (and hopefully, it will choose to do something similar to this): [303][304] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:01, 2 October 2018 (EDT)

Another interesting article on statistics about foreign students in the U.S.: [305] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:44, 31 October 2018 (EDT)


Between April 2017 and 2018, it was still much easier for immigrants to find jobs compared to native-born Americans: [306] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:55, 30 May 2018 (EDT)

Going soft on visas

Trump stated in his rally just a few hours ago that he would like to see many guest workers come into the country: [307] However, nobody cheered until he said "but then they have to go out". Hopefully, Trump won't surrender on this issue. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:27, 28 April 2018 (EDT)

Trump again expressed his support for importing foreign workers, though he also mentioned a marit-based system: [308] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:14, 7 May 2018 (EDT)

H4EAD reform?

This article,[309] backed up by a government source,[310] states that the Trump Administration will propose a good rule on the H4EAD visa. While the BB article said in November, it does not appear that this rule was released then. Hopefully, it will move forward. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:58, 9 December 2018 (EST)

Another article on this -- it's apparently supposed to happen by January 1: [311] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:12, 10 December 2018 (EST)
It's still likely to happen: [312] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 4 January 2019 (EST)


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.[313][314][315] 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: [316] --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: [317][318][319][320]

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: [321][322] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:05, 5 February 2018 (EST)

This probably doesn't have to do with sanctions, but Iraq appears to not be complying with the agreement that got it off the U.S. travel ban list -- it's refusing to accept deported migrants: [323] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:42, 12 September 2018 (EDT)

Other international sanction/foreign aid issues

The Trump Administration may reduce foreign aid to countries that do nothing to stop illegal immigration or the spread of MS-13 members to the U.S.: [324][325][326][327] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:22, 11 June 2018 (EDT)

Trump hasn't cut foreign aid yet to Central American countries,[328] though cuts could easily still happen in the near future. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:57, 4 November 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.[329][330][331][332][333] The DHS began phasing the program out today,[334][335] and it ended a program that allowed illegals to receive green cards.[336] 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: [337][338][339][340][341] This article is also interesting: [342] 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: [343][344][345] 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": [346] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:37, 9 September 2017 (EDT)
The DHS announced the details to its plan to phase out DACA: [347] --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: [348] --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.[349] --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%.[350] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:33, 7 October 2017 (EDT)
Interesting: according to this article, the number delined by about 14%.[351] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:55, 20 October 2017 (EDT)
The DHS stated that it will not target DACA recipients for deportation.[352] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:53, 23 October 2017 (EDT)
There's still a lot going on with DACA, but the DHS stated a while ago that it had stopped accepting applications for it: [353] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:06, 9 June 2018 (EDT)

The White House stated that it supports full citizenship for "dreamers," something which contradicts what Trump himself recently stated.[354][355] 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: [356] --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: [357][358][359][360] --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: [361][362][363][364][365] --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: [366] --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."[367] 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.: [368][369][370] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 1 April 2018 (EDT)
More good, recent immigration statements by Trump: [371][372][373][374][375] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:11, 3 April 2018 (EDT)
Even more great statements, threatening to leave NAFTA and stop foreign aid to Honduras,[376] though he also, apparently, shrank the length of the wall.[377] --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: 1,2,3,4 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: 1,2 --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: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 09:58, 19 March 2018 (EDT)
In a court filing that the Trump Administration could win, it is saying that DACA has played a role in the surge in illegal minor crossing the border: [378] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:18, 23 June 2018 (EDT)
Wow -- a judge ordered the Trump Administration to completely restart the DACA program: 1,2,3,4,5,6 This is ridiculous, and hopefully, this stupidity will end soon. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:02, 3 August 2018 (EDT)
It appears that the DOJ (fortunately) will appeal -- AG Sessions is strong words for this judge: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:03, 6 August 2018 (EDT)
This article makes clear that administration is appealing: [379] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 6 August 2018 (EDT)
The judge's ruling was so ridiculous that even he ordered a partial stay on his order: [380] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:04, 18 August 2018 (EDT)
A Texas federal judge finally ruled that the program is likely illegal, though he didn't order it to end: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:49, 31 August 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration is appealing directly to the Supreme Court: [381] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:57, 6 November 2018 (EST)
The Supreme Court finally decided to hear the issue: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:37, 28 June 2019 (EDT)

Because of the delay in ending DACA, 95% of DACA applications were approved so far during the Trump Administration: [382] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:05, 13 December 2018 (EST)

Pro-Trump appointments blocked

John Kelly's deputy, Kirstjen Nielsen, reportedly blocked a lot of pro-Trump appointments at the DHS: [383] 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 (1,2,3). 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: 1,2,3,4,5 --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: 1,2,3,4,5 --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 (1,2,3,4,5,6,7). --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 9 November 2017 (EST)

This seems like a good overview article:[384] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:45, 27 November 2017 (EST)

She and John Kelly don't appear to be particularly sympathetic to Trump's immigration policies, behind the scenes: [385] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:30, 27 May 2018 (EDT)

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.[386] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:12, 5 November 2017 (EST)

Fortunately, he left the administration in February, though he is now criticizing its policies: [387] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 11 May 2018 (EDT)
This interview states that CBP chief Kevin McAleenan does not actually support the president: [388] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:22, 25 October 2018 (EDT)
Ronald Vitiello doesn't appear to be a very good ICE nominee, considering that the National ICE Council (the agency's union) opposes him and that he appears to have posted negative comments about Trump in the past: [389] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:39, 14 November 2018 (EST)
On second thought, he's clearly not a fan of the Democrat Party: [390] This is a good sign. --1990'sguy (talk) 15:50, 15 November 2018 (EST)
Marc Short, who will be Pence's new Chief of Staff, has worked against Trump's immigration policies: [391] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:27, 19 February 2019 (EST)

Good appointments

Trump chose Thomas Homan to be the permanent ICE Director: 1,2,3,4,5,6 While Homan is an Obama holdover (and some conservatives are unhappy with him[392]), 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: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:36, 2 March 2018 (EST)
Trump appointed Ronald Mortensen, a strong opponent of illegal immigration who works at the CIS, to lead State Department's division for migration policy: 1,2 This seems like a great nomination, and hopefully, it will succeed. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:23, 24 May 2018 (EDT)
This article is clearly biased against the Trump Administration's migration policies, but it names several appointees who support the administration's -- or more specifically, Stephen Miller's -- policies: [393] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:56, 13 August 2018 (EDT)
These articles are not appropriate to add to the page, but they're still interesting to read: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:48, 8 November 2018 (EST)
These articles are good to refer to when evaluating Trump's choice for next Attorney General: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:42, 10 November 2018 (EST)
This article is useful in pointing out some of the lower-ranking Trump Administration officials who take a pro-American approach to immigration issues: [394] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 10 November 2018 (EST)
Another (very short) article on Sessions: [395] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:48, 12 December 2018 (EST)
Interesting articles on the departures of conservatives from the DOJ, as they associated themselves with Sessions and are now leaving out of loyalty to him: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:00, 27 December 2018 (EST)

Trump nominated Ken Isaacs to lead the U.N. migration agency, but unfortunately, he lost the election in the organization: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 07:59, 29 June 2018 (EDT)

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: [396] --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: [397][398] --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.[399] If so, this is a good thing. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:16, 19 January 2018 (EST)
Jennifer Arangio, who was the NSC senior director for International Organizations and Alliances, was reportedly just forced out because she favored higher immigration levels and sided with the globalists: 1,2,3,4 The media is pointing out how she worked for the Trump campaign, as if she's some really staunch conservative, but according to her LinkedIn profile, she only joined the Trump campaign in August 2016, long after he became the GOP nominee (many establishment Republicans had joined on by then, with no other choices). --1990'sguy (talk) 19:44, 13 July 2018 (EDT)
Unfortunately, Lawrence Bartlett is back at his old job: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:39, 19 November 2018 (EST)

Border apprehensions

Border apprehensions increased in August 2017: 1,2,3,4,5 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: 1,2 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: 1,2 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: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:48, 4 April 2018 (EDT)
The rate of illegal immigration by minors is increasing: [400] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 5 April 2018 (EDT)
The number of Bangladeshi illegals crossing the southern border is quickly increasing: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:24, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
Illegal immigration from the southern border rose 233% in April: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:51, 3 May 2018 (EDT)
To clarify, the 233% rise was compared to the previous year. --1990'sguy (talk) 12:01, 4 May 2018 (EDT)
Border Patrol agents are reporting that Syrians are crossing the southern border into the U.S.: [401] --1990'sguy (talk) 07:58, 11 May 2018 (EDT)
Many of these illegals are claiming "credible fear" to get into the country: [402] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 11 May 2018 (EDT)
The number of illegals using minors to enter the country has risen by 315% since last year: [403] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:26, 29 May 2018 (EDT)
Also, there's a large backlog of illegal minors in immigration courts because of this: [404] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:14, 30 May 2018 (EDT)
Illegal immigration levels rose for the third streight month (1,2,3), and the number of illegal immigrant minors quadrupled in the month of May: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:46, 6 June 2018 (EDT)
Also, the number of illegals using children to get into the U.S. rose by 315% since the previous year: [405] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:40, 18 June 2018 (EDT)
The number of illegal "family units" entering the country increased by 435% from last year: [406] --1990'sguy (talk) 07:40, 19 June 2018 (EDT)
Border arrests dropped by 6,000 in June 2018: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:40, 1 July 2018 (EDT)
More Bengladeshi illegals on the southern border: [407] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:31, 8 July 2018 (EDT)
Family apprehensions so far in 2018: [408] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:30, 10 July 2018 (EDT)
1,000 people are illegal crossing the southern border every day: [409] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:09, 24 July 2018 (EDT)

The number of MS-13 arrests at the border has increased this year, though the numbers of *known* MS-13 members appears to be relatively small: [410] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:48, 22 July 2018 (EDT)

July arrests of migrant families has increased 173% over 2017: [411] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:13, 8 August 2018 (EDT)
The number of Indians crossing the southern border illegally is reaching record levels: [412] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:25, 10 August 2018 (EDT)
41,000 illegal unappompanied children have been apprehended at the border in recent months: [413] Meanwhile, 20 illegal minors skip deportation hearings every day: [414] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:55, 17 August 2018 (EDT)
Assaults on ICE and border agents are surging: [415][416] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:30, 7 September 2018 (EDT)
Border Patrol agents in Texas caught 130 illegals in 24 hours: [417] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 11 September 2018 (EDT)
Family apprehensions in August 2018 reached a record high: [418][419][420] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:34, 12 September 2018 (EDT)
Also, 98% of illegals who entered the U.S. in 2017 are still in the country -- bad news indeed: [421][422] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:31, 12 September 2018 (EDT)
Border Patrol arrests of MS-13 members rose 50% in 2018: [423] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:08, 30 September 2018 (EDT)
Illegal immigration into Arizona is reaching record highs: [424] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:00, 20 October 2018 (EDT)
The number of illegals entering the country rose by 100,000 in 2018: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:24, 23 October 2018 (EDT)
Total immigration (legal and illegal) it tied at an all-time record: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
Illegal immigration is continuing to increase: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 20:28, 10 November 2018 (EST)
The CBP seized over $2.7 million worth in drugs since the 23rd: [425] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:16, 29 November 2018 (EST)
Illegal immigration is decreasing (or, that's what the most popular statistics say), but asylum requests have reached a record high: [426] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:36, 8 December 2018 (EST)

Here's a very interesting article on the Trump Administration's efforts at ending "catch-and-release": [427] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 14 April 2018 (EDT)

Another interesting article on this topic: [428] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:50, 25 April 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration will try to find a legislative solution to ending the practice: [429] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:11, 3 May 2018 (EDT)
A somewhat-interesting article on border procesutions under Trump: [430] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:31, 13 May 2018 (EDT)
The U.S. government does not know where around 6,000 unaccompanied illegal minors are: [431] This fact seems ignored amidst the leftist hysteria over splitting families. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:27, 19 June 2018 (EDT)
The mainstream media (1,2,3,4,5) is treating Trump's executive order today as him caving (along with the conservative media), and they (the MSM) almost seem to be enjoying this. Hopefully, Trump will continue dismaying the Left and the establishment. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 20 June 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: [432] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:33, 7 April 2018 (EDT)

In the 1st quarter of FY2019 (which is actually the last three months of 2018), apprehensions rose 84% compared to 1st quarter of FY2018: [433] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:48, 4 February 2019 (EST)

Border security

The CBP is now testing drones so they can catch illegals: [434] --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: [435][436] --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%: [437] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:40, 6 April 2018 (EDT)
A federal judge ruled against the Trump Administration's policy of searching the phones of people entering the country: [438][439] Hopefully, this ruling will be overruled. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:01, 10 May 2018 (EDT)
Not necessarily a policy that occurred exclusively because of the Trump Administration, but the Border Patrol is improving its training methods, something which started almost simulataniously with the Trump Administration: [440] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 11 May 2018 (EDT)
Interesting initiative to stop illegals from getting smuggled in the country in trucks, though the program doesn't appear to have been very successful: [441] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:57, 1 October 2018 (EDT)
There are many drones on the border with Mexico, something that seems concerning: [442] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:22, 13 October 2018 (EDT)

Migrant "caravan"

(split from the "DoD construction?" sub-section)

Also, some developments on the migrant "caravan" (1,2,3) and more.[443] --1990'sguy (talk) 12:19, 4 April 2018 (EDT)

About the migrant "caravan", about 50 people in the remaining group just reached the southern border: [444] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:04, 22 April 2018 (EDT)
Actually, it looks like they haven't reached the border just yet: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:47, 23 April 2018 (EDT)
It appears that the caravan just reached the southern border: [445] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:06, 26 April 2018 (EDT)
More news on that: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 U.S. officials are telling them that they have reached capacity, so they may not be able to accept asylum claims. We'll see what happens with this, but I might add this to the article (and hopefully, I'll be able to sort out all these sources and the others I have with me). --1990'sguy (talk) 21:52, 29 April 2018 (EDT)
More on this: [446] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:24, 30 April 2018 (EDT)

Despite Trump's alleged order to keep the migrants out, the DHS is apparently allowing some of them in: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:08, 1 May 2018 (EDT)

I'm not sure if I should add the Trump Administration's reaction to the migrant caravan to this article, especially since this is ongoing. Trump tweeted that he had ordered the DHS not to accept any of the caravan migrants (1,2,3,4), and the DHS issued some tough statements (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8). Also, the DOJ charged some members of the caravan (1,2,3,4) and sent more immigration lawyers and judges to handle the situation (1,2,3,4,5). I like all of this news, but as the links I posted show, along with the ones above, the DHS has been letting the migrants in, if slowly (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8). Thus, unless I'm missing something or it's too early, I don't know if this counts as a clear achievement. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:24, 2 May 2018 (EDT)
On the bright side, the DHS (at least as of a few days ago, though this may have changed considering that about half have already been let in) was only allowing a few dozen asylum applications per day: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:00, 3 May 2018 (EDT)
However, 228 of those migrants are now in the U.S. (apparently, all in the group who wished to enter): 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:51, 4 May 2018 (EDT)
Fortunately, the DHS is still saying it will not tolerate any migrants breaking U.S. immigration law: [447] It would be nice to add this, but we'll see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:29, 4 May 2018 (EDT)
Actually, it appears the DHS, led by Kirstjen Nielsen, is taking a weaker stance than it could or should (1,2). Nielsen reportedly considered resigning after Trump criticized her at a cabinet meeting over her apparent failure to secure the border (1,2,3,4). --1990'sguy (talk) 20:01, 10 May 2018 (EDT)
More on all this: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:47, 10 May 2018 (EDT)
It's unfortunate when the DHS has to actually say they are not engaging in discrimination because they are enforcing the law: [448] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:40, 15 May 2018 (EDT)
More on Nielsen: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:16, 16 May 2018 (EDT)
Despite the recent orders on illegal immigrant prosecutions, "zero tolerance", etc. (though I'm not sure if it's intended to affect the following), the "catch-and-release" will still apply to 200 of the members of the "caravan": [449] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:16, 22 May 2018 (EDT)
Over 450 "caravan" members were admitted into the country: [450] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:00, 23 May 2018 (EDT)

I saw this article from when the caravan was coming in, saying that all who entered might be prosecuted: [451] I'm curious as to whether this actually happened. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:01, 28 June 2018 (EDT)

Migrant caravans are still entering the country: [452] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:55, 28 September 2018 (EDT)

Another one from Honduras appears to be on its way: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:51, 14 October 2018 (EDT)
Trump has threatened to cut off funding from Honduras if the caravan isn't brought back to the country: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:17, 16 October 2018 (EDT)
Mexico, Honduras, and Guatemala are taking steps (as weak as they might be) to stop the migrant caravan: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 20:55, 16 October 2018 (EDT)
These steps appear to be weak, since the caravan is still coming and growing: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 13:57, 17 October 2018 (EDT)
Trump is threatening sending the U.S. military to stop the caravan: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:38, 18 October 2018 (EDT)
More on this: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:15, 18 October 2018 (EDT)
Part of the caravan has already reached Mexico's southern border: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:05, 18 October 2018 (EDT)
Mexico apparently has a plan to stop them: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:55, 18 October 2018 (EDT)
Mexico asked the UN to help, but this may be a bad idea for the U.S.: [453] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:24, 19 October 2018 (EDT)
Trump is again stating he will do all that's necessary to stop the caravan: 1,2 Hopefully, this will be the case. The caravan has increased in size: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:14, 21 October 2018 (EDT)
Trump has stated that he has declared a national emergency and that he will cut off funding to the Central American countries not helping the U.S. on migration: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 I will definitely add this once an official action is made. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:56, 22 October 2018 (EDT)
The Pentagon has stated that the Trump Administration hasn't given any orders yet on the border,[454] while the migrant caravan is continuing to surge in numbers: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 13:28, 22 October 2018 (EDT)
The caravan is now 1 mile long: [455] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:31, 23 October 2018 (EDT)
More articles (1,2,3,4), and a second caravan is now headed to the U.S.: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:24, 23 October 2018 (EDT)
Some strong statements by Trump, but hopefully, we'll see an official action made: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:08, 25 October 2018 (EDT)
Looks like yet another caravan is being created: [456] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:32, 26 October 2018 (EDT)
An opinionated article (which focuses too much on the tough policies of the Trump Administration and not the weak laws in effect) which is still interesting and discusses what the migrants can possibly expect if they enter the country: [457] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:58, 26 October 2018 (EDT)
A better article on this same topic: [458] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:42, 27 October 2018 (EDT)
Yet another caravan has been created: [459] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:16, 28 October 2018 (EDT)
To be clear, it means there are three caravans right now: [460] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:53, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
Related article, on Trump and the migrant caravan after the election: [461] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:56, 14 March 2019 (EDT)

Mattis will reportedly order some troops to the border soon, just after Trump announced it on Twitter: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:43, 25 October 2018 (EDT)

Some other actions that Trump might take: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 09:32, 26 October 2018 (EDT)
Some more articles related to Mattis's decision: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 14:42, 27 October 2018 (EDT)
Also, Trump will reportedly sign a major executive order on this topic this coming Tuesday (October 30): [462] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:42, 27 October 2018 (EDT)
That executive order apparently did not happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
More sources on the DoD deploying 5,000 troops: 1,2,3 Also, Trump stated his administration would build tent cities for the migrants: 1,2 We'll see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:31, 29 October 2018 (EDT)
Trump may send up to 15,000 troops ultimately: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 18:49, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
I won't add this article to the page, but I think it's somewhat interesting nonetheless: [463] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:54, 4 November 2018 (EST)
Unofficial statement by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Joseph Dunford on the military's role on the border: [464] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:26, 6 November 2018 (EST)
Statements by Army Secretary Mark Esper on the troop deployment: [465] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:10, 8 November 2018 (EST)
Members of the migrant caravan have reached the southern border: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Also, this Gallup poll says that 5 million Central Americans want to move to the U.S.: [466] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:09, 14 November 2018 (EST)
It looks like the DoD won't send any more soldiers to the border: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:41, 15 November 2018 (EST)
In what seems to be really bad timing, the DoD will begin pulling out troops right as the migrant caravan comes in: 1,2,3,4 Fortunately, Trump might give the soldiers the authority to use force against the migrants to defend Border Patrol agents if they are attacked by the migrants first: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:49, 19 November 2018 (EST)
Now, it looks like the Pentagon is backtracking on its announcement: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:18, 20 November 2018 (EST)
A left-wing judge stopped Trump's asylum reform executive order: 1,2,3,4,5,6 Meanwhile, Mexico filed a "human rights complaint" against the U.S. for its immigration policies: [467] Hopefully, the SCOTUS will uphold the Trump Administration's policies again. --1990'sguy (talk) 13:51, 20 November 2018 (EST)
Trump apparently might allow the soldiers to medically screen migrants: [468] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:57, 20 November 2018 (EST)
The deployment is expected to cost about $72 million -- very little considering the $733 billion DoD budget: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:31, 20 November 2018 (EST)
The U.S. will reportedly send asylum-seekers back to Mexico until their asylum claims are decided by judges (1,2,3,4), though the DHS has said that it won't take any other actions this week: [469] If this is implemented, it would be very good. In the meantime, Trump stated that the U.S. would close the entire southern border if necessary: 1,2,3,4,5 Mike Pompeo also stated that the caravan members would not be allowed into the country: [470] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:42, 22 November 2018 (EST)
More on the potential agreement between the U.S. and Mexico on having migrants stay in Mexico until U.S. judges give them asylum -- though Mexico's president-elect said there was no agreement, and Trump voiced strong border positions on Twitter and said the U.S. would have this policy: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12,13,14,15 Hopefully, this agreement will be made. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:30, 24 November 2018 (EST)
Some of the migrants actually tried to break through the border: 1,2,3,4 Mexico has said it will deport those migrants: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:24, 25 November 2018 (EST)
Apparently, ome of the migrants crossed into the U.S., and some of them apparently got away from U.S. immigration authorities: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:46, 26 November 2018 (EST)
Pompeo may have an agreement soon: [471] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 27 November 2018 (EST)

More on all this: 1,2,3,4,5,6 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:16, 20 November 2018 (EST)

Unforunately, the U.S. prosecute any of the migrants it arrested when they tried to ram through the border: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:16, 29 November 2018 (EST)
The failure to prosecute is apparently because of silly regulations -- the U.S. said it would make sure this doesn't happen again: [472] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:49, 2 December 2018 (EST)
An earlier article on the U.S. "hardening" the border in preparation for the migrants: [473] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:19, 27 January 2019 (EST)

The Pentagon may extend its mission to the southern border: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:45, 26 November 2018 (EST)

The DHS is requesting that the DoD extend its mission (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9), and that other agencies send their civilian police forced to the border: 1,2 Hopefully, something will come out of this. --1990'sguy (talk) 17:28, 30 November 2018 (EST)
The troop extension request apparently hasn't been formally approved, but the DoD helped write it, and it's likely going to be approved. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:32, 2 December 2018 (EST)
Mattis has confirmed he hasn't signed it, at least yet: [474] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:31, 3 December 2018 (EST)
Interesting article on how other presidents have shut down the southern border in the past: [475] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:52, 1 December 2018 (EST)
There apparently were violent actions at the border in the 1990s, similar to the migrant attempt to crash through recently: [476] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:31, 2 December 2018 (EST)
Border Patrol is preparing for another possible migrant attack in Arizona: [477] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:05, 8 December 2018 (EST)
The Pentagon is starting to withdraw troops: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:37, 10 December 2018 (EST)
1,700 troops were already sent home because their missions are complete: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 06:07, 14 December 2018 (EST)
Another (earlier) source on the military deployment: [478] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:41, 2 February 2019 (EST)

Tent cities

The DHS and HHS are considering building "tent cities" for illegal children who are caught at the border: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:08, 12 June 2018 (EDT)

The HHS has apparently chosen a spot for the proposed "tent city": 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 19:52, 14 June 2018 (EDT)
A somehwat interesting article on the tent cities: [479] --1990'sguy (talk) 15:51, 20 June 2018 (EDT)
Interesting related article: [480] --1990'sguy (talk) 07:54, 10 August 2018 (EDT)
The HHS will triple a tent city in Texas: [481] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:38, 11 September 2018 (EDT)
One tent city in Texas is filling up fast: [482] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:53, 27 November 2018 (EST)
The Trump Administration might build more tent cities: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 06:13, 14 December 2018 (EST)
A tent city in Tornillo, Texas, will remain open through early 2019: [483] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:56, 27 December 2018 (EST)
That tent city actually was just closed, because of a policy change: [484] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:45, 14 January 2019 (EST)

Illegals and other immigrants in the military

The Pentagon is considering ending a program that allows illegals to serve in the military: [485] Also, the military is canceling numerous contracts with immigrants: [486] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:19, 16 September 2017 (EDT)

It's been reported that several immigrants in the military have been discharged, sometimes with no reason given to them: 1,2,3,4,5 This may be a good thing with the Administration trying to increase security and limit immigration, or it may be bureaucratic mess-up, but with only one AP story, it's too early to tell. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 5 July 2018 (EDT)
The DoD released a statement saying they haven't made any changes to the program: [487] If there haven't been any policy changes, either it is enforcing the program better or the MSM is exaggerating this story. With only these sources, it's probably best that we leave it out. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:27, 6 July 2018 (EDT)
The Army has stopped these discharges: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 12:46, 9 August 2018 (EDT)
The Pentagon apparently has not restarted a program that it had suspended in 2016 -- likely because of security concerns and the Trump Administration's pro-American immigration policy: [488] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:51, 1 October 2018 (EDT)
The Pentagon apparently discharged over 500 migrant reqruits between July 2017 to July 2018: [489] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:42, 12 October 2018 (EDT)
The Army says that it still accepts 80% of migrant applicants: [490] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:29, 17 October 2018 (EDT)

Illegals in public schools

In 2017, some Trump Administration officials unsuccessfully pushed to block illegal migrants from attending public schools: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:31, 17 August 2019 (EDT)

Ending "temporary status"

The DHS will end "temporary residency" for refugees from Sudan after 21 years of having that status.[491] 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: [492] 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: [493] Extending/extended: [494] [495] [496] (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.[497] --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: 1,2,3 (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 (1,2). --1990'sguy (talk) 18:48, 9 November 2017 (EST)

The DHS decided to end "temporary" status for nearly 60,000 Haitians in 2019 (1,2,3,4), something that supporters of amnesty obviously hate[498] but that some conservatives are also criticizing (for different reasons).[499] --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): 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 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: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 11:10, 1 February 2018 (EST)
The Trump Administration will reportedly end TPS for 9,000 Nepalise citizens: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 10:55, 25 April 2018 (EDT)
The Nepalise move has been officially announced (1,2,3), though the protections will actually expire in 2019.[500] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:58, 26 April 2018 (EDT)
This article says 13,000 Nepalise people, instead of 9,000: [501] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:36, 27 April 2018 (EDT)
Now the DHS is ending temporary status for about 57,000 Hondurans, though the temporary status will end in 18 months: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:51, 4 May 2018 (EDT)
The DHS is extending TPS for Somalis, though there are only 500 of them with that program: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:32, 19 July 2018 (EDT)
The Somalis are registering for their status renewal: [502] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:56, 27 August 2018 (EDT)

A DHS official who fought for extending protected status, James D. Nealon, resigned: [503] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:03, 11 February 2018 (EST)

John Kelly apparently wants citizenship for those TPS people (1) -- this will be something to watch, and hopefully, he doesn't get his way. --1990'sguy (talk) 00:16, 12 May 2018 (EDT)
When the Trump Administration ended TPS for various countries, they were going against the "advice" of the "intelligence community", which is something they should continue: [504] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 18 July 2018 (EDT)

Interesting, but clearly biased, article on this topic: [505] The article shows why the TPS program is messed up (though they try to defend it) by noting the massive remittances going to foreign countries because of it. Their "estimate" of illegal migration going up (speculative, biased, etc.) is a big reason why this is not going in the article. Interesting to read nonetheless. --1990'sguy (talk) 13:34, 31 August 2018 (EDT)

More sources, just for future references: [506] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:15, 23 October 2018 (EDT)

Judicial activism (again)

This is ridiculous -- a federal judge stopped the Trump Administration from ending the TPS programs for various countries: 1,2,3 Why? Because the judge said Trump somehow is biased against non-Europeans (though European countries don't need the TPS program, which is supposed to be temporary). --1990'sguy (talk) 09:00, 4 October 2018 (EDT)

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.[507] 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)

Here's an interesting article comparing immigration problems in the U.S. to what other countries, including Canada, are seeing: [508] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:41, 12 July 2018 (EDT)

Protecting the northern border

This is a good development -- Canada appears about to enact a law allowing it to cooperate deeper with the U.S. with regards to sharing border crossing data with each other, which will help border security along the U.S.'s northern border: [509] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:51, 28 December 2018 (EST)

Asylum reform

AG Jeff Sessions criticized the U.S. asylum system and called on Congress to reform it.[510][511][512][513][514][515] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:09, 12 October 2017 (EDT)

Here's another interesting article: [516] 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)
The U.S. now has the most asylum requests of any country -- Germany used to be #1, but it's switched around: [517][518] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:21, 19 June 2018 (EDT)
Some interesting articles on asylum to the U.S.: [519][520] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 24 June 2018 (EDT)
The implementation of a June 11, 2018, DOJ memo may not be as "extreme" (to use the terminology of the Left) as they thought: [521] If more respected sources also report this, maybe it could be somethimg to add (though it only discusses the "initial" implementation). --1990'sguy (talk) 11:57, 7 July 2018 (EDT)
Asylum claims from Central America are seeing a massive surge: [522] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:21, 11 July 2018 (EDT)
Good fact check article on asylum in the U.S.: [523] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:04, 12 July 2018 (EDT)
Biased but somewhat interesting article on how other countries want to make simular asylum reforms as the U.S.: [524] --1990'sguy (talk) 19:59, 4 November 2018 (EST)

The DOJ is reportedly drafting a very tough regulation that would prevent any illegals who are prosecuted from seeking asylum[525][526] This would be a clear no-brainer achievement if it actually goes through, and we should watch for this. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:57, 29 June 2018 (EDT)

In the next 90 days, AG Sessions is expected to rule that asylum seekers can be kept in mandatory detention: [527] Hopefully, this will happen soon. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:53, 22 September 2018 (EDT)

Obstruction and judicial activism

The House GOP Appropriations Committee voted to restore Obama's 2014 catch-and-release rules: 1,2,3,4 Hopefully, this won't go anywhere. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:43, 25 July 2018 (EDT)

A federal judge (appointed by Bill Clinton) is threatening to hold AG Sessions in contempt (though I'm not sure of the practical effects of that) because of how strict he is with asylum cases: 1,2,3,4,5 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:03, 9 August 2018 (EDT)
The UN is trying to overturn the DOJ's reforms: [528] Hopefully, it's efforts will fail. --1990'sguy (talk) 08:56, 10 October 2018 (EDT)
A judge blocked Trump's crackdown on asylum abuse: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 00:38, 20 December 2018 (EST)
The ruling was based on UN law: [529] --1990'sguy (talk) 10:21, 20 December 2018 (EST)
The SCOTUS won't overturn the lower court's ruling, at least for now: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 16:41, 21 December 2018 (EST)

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.[530][531][532] 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: [533] 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.[534][535] 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: [536] Hopefully, he won't actually do that. --1990'sguy (talk) 10:30, 25 October 2017 (EDT)

It might be a good idea to look into S. 2245, "which makes New Zealand nationals eligible to enter the United States as nonimmigrant traders and investors provided New Zealand grants reciprocal treatment to U.S. nationals": [537] More clarification on what this law actually does would be useful. --1990'sguy (talk) 21:48, 2 August 2018 (EDT)
Immigration betrayal by House Republicans: [538] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:02, 8 September 2018 (EDT)
More on this: [539] --1990'sguy (talk) 11:01, 25 September 2018 (EDT)
Congress has agreed to double the number of H-2B visas -- not a good decision: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:20, 26 November 2018 (EST)
Members of Congress are also trying to force the Commerce Department to end its census citizenship question: [540] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:37, 30 November 2018 (EST)
The DHS is opposing one of these ridiculous visa bills: [541] --1990'sguy (talk) 13:27, 3 December 2018 (EST)
Fortunately, Tom Cotton blocked a bill that would have handed out visas to Irish college graduates: [542] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:52, 1 January 2019 (EST)

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.[543] --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: 1,2,3,4,5 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: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:17, 28 March 2018 (EDT)

According to Newsweek, Trump's immigration policies are a reason why food stamp enrollment has fallen so much: [544] --1990'sguy (talk) 17:45, 19 July 2018 (EDT)
The DHS is reportedly drafting a rule to exclude migrants who need welfare from coming to the U.S.: [545] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:09, 16 August 2018 (EDT)
Some immigrants are reportedly withdrawing from government benefits because of fear of the proposed regulation: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 15:25, 3 September 2018 (EDT)

According to census data, 63% of non-citizens are on welfare: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 09:38, 3 December 2018 (EST)

Taking away citizenship

The DOJ is starting to revoke the naturalized citizenship of immigrants who unlawfully received it: 1,2 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: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:55, 24 February 2018 (EST)

Other citizenship issues

Apparently, the backlog for granting citizenship has risen greatly since 2015: 1,2,3 Democrats are blaming Trump for this, though the Washington Times shows that the vast majority of this backlog accumulated during the Obama Administration, meaning this is simply ridiculous to add (though I'm including it here just for the record). --1990'sguy (talk) 21:49, 2 July 2018 (EDT)

The Trump Administration may release a policy making it harder for people to become citizens, if they used government benefits: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 08:01, 7 August 2018 (EDT)
If put into effect, this policy would likely save American citizens $57.4 billion every year: [546] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:08, 9 August 2018 (EDT)

I removed this, as this Breitbart article strongly refuted the claims WaPo made on this issue:

--1990'sguy (talk) 22:36, 30 August 2018 (EDT)

Another good source on this: [547] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:36, 1 September 2018 (EDT)
Other sources on this: 1,2 --1990'sguy (talk) 17:11, 17 September 2018 (EDT)

Birthright citizenship

Trump stated he will soon sign an executive order ending birthright citizenship for illegals and tourists: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7 Hopefully, this will happen in the next couple weeks. --1990'sguy (talk) 09:30, 30 October 2018 (EDT)

Some interesting sources on this: 1,2,3,4 --1990'sguy (talk) 22:46, 30 October 2018 (EDT)
Trump criticized Paul Ryan for claiming a constitutional amendment is needed: 1,2,3,4 However, Trump just stated that he would prefer Congress to end birthright citizenship for illegals, rather than through an executive order: [548] We'll see what happens. --1990'sguy (talk) 20:47, 31 October 2018 (EDT)
Lately, Trump has been quiet on this issue: [549] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:57, 24 December 2018 (EST)

Deporting Nazis

The Trump Administration deported a 95-year-old person who worked at a labor camp and participated in the killing of Jews -- a judge ordered his deportation in 2004 because he lied to get into the country and receive citizenship, but nobody acted until today: 1,2,3,4,5 I might add this, though I'm not thrilled about the Administration admitting it used moral rather than legal arguments to deport the guy. --1990'sguy (talk) 11:10, 21 August 2018 (EDT)

More on this: [550] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:28, 21 August 2018 (EDT)

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: [551] 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: [552] --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.: [553] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:31, 29 March 2018 (EDT)
Another interesting article, this time on the Commerce Department's plans: [554] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:38, 4 April 2018 (EDT)

The State of Alabama and Congressman Mo Brooks filed a lawsuit against the federal government to stop counting illegals on the U.S. Census: [555] This is a good case to watch. --1990'sguy (talk) 14:58, 22 May 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: [556] 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: [557] 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: [558] 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: [559] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:15, 14 April 2018 (EDT)
Yet another article: [560] It may be good to add these. --1990'sguy (talk) 22:12, 16 April 2018 (EDT)
Here's more: [561] --1990'sguy (talk) 20:52, 19 April 2018 (EDT)

According to Bloomberg, American banks are actually reconsidering hiring foreign workers: [562] 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: [563] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:45, 11 April 2018 (EDT)
A related article on this topic: [564] --1990'sguy (talk) 18:46, 18 April 2018 (EDT)
Just like the article above, another Trump Admin. official (Mnuchin) is disputing the "labor shortage" talk: [565] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:22, 30 April 2018 (EDT)
Other good articles: [566][567] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:16, 22 May 2018 (EDT)
More: [568][569] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:55, 30 May 2018 (EDT)
Disabled people, specifically, are also benefiting: [570] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:11, 30 June 2018 (EDT)
Not the most direct sourcing, but still an interesting article on this topic, specifically on truckers: [571] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:41, 1 July 2018 (EDT)
Another potential source, which I already added to the economic policy sub-article: [572] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:33, 3 July 2018 (EDT)
The tighening labor market and retirees: [573] --1990'sguy (talk) 00:18, 18 July 2018 (EDT)
I added this article to the economy sub-article, but it might also be useful here: [574] --1990'sguy (talk) 21:41, 25 July 2018 (EDT)
Another article on rising wages for American workers, though mostly a criticism of a WaPo article: [575] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:17, 20 August 2018 (EDT)
Another criticism of a WaPo article that illustrates higher wages: [576] --1990'sguy (talk) 22:39, 26 August 2018 (EDT)
This article attributes Amazon's wage increase to a tight labor market: [577] --1990'sguy (talk) 08:29, 3 October 2018 (EDT)

Here's a good op-ed on the tighening labor market: [578] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:00, 4 July 2018 (EDT)

Here's a good article that I already added to the economy/labor sub-article: [579] --1990'sguy (talk) 16:46, 4 October 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: [580][581][582][583] This is definitely something to add if it does through, and hopefully it will. --1990'sguy (talk) 18:50, 22 February 2018 (EST)

Relations with Mexico

With Mexico's new president-elect, it will be interesting (and worrisome) to see what he does with regard to immigration and illegal immigration to the U.S. -- since he's promised to advocate for immigrants and illegal immigrants in America: [584] Hopefully, the Trump Administration won't cave to this meddling/interfering in our domestic affairs (this is the real meddling, rather than the Russia nonsense). --1990'sguy (talk) 22:36, 2 July 2018 (EDT)

On a related topic with Mexico: [585] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:46, 12 July 2018 (EDT)
These comments by Mexico's president-elect are worrisome: [586] People are constantly talking about how he will help Trump with his agenda, but I strongly fear the opposite will happen. --1990'sguy (talk) 19:03, 6 August 2018 (EDT)
The Trump Administration wants to give $20 million to Mexico to help it deport thousands of migrants: [587] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:07, 13 September 2018 (EDT)
It's possible that U.S. relations with Mexico's new president might not be so bad after all, considering that upon taking office, he signed an agreement with Central American countries to stop the flow of migration into the U.S. and moved migrants in Tijuana further from the border: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 23:44, 2 December 2018 (EST)
Mexico will crack down on illegal immigration from Guatemala, a good think for the U.S. if Mexico effectively does so: [588] --1990'sguy (talk) 09:40, 13 December 2018 (EST)
Mexico's president has an interesting plan to reduce migration to the U.S.: [589] --1990'sguy (talk) 07:57, 1 January 2019 (EST)
Fortunately, Mexico's president isn't taking sides on the border wall: [590] --1990'sguy (talk) 14:47, 9 January 2019 (EST)
More actions taken by Mexico, which, at least for the most part, seem to be on the more helpful side for the Trump Administration: 1,2,3 --1990'sguy (talk) 21:43, 30 January 2019 (EST)

Non-citizen voting

The House voted on a resolution condemning the practice of non-citizens voting in local elections: 1,2,3,4,5 This is obviously good, but I probably won't add it since it's symbolic and doesn't have any teeth in it. --1990'sguy (talk) 23:02, 27 September 2018 (EDT)

Overview articles

Potentially useful (albeit from a liberal-leaning source) on Trump's campaign promises on immigration compared to what he did by the end of 2017 (though this obviously is out-of-date by now): [591] --1990'sguy (talk) 23:20, 31 July 2019 (EDT)

China loosing control of port in Long Beach California

Maybe you already saw, but this sounds like good news: [592]. The Chinese company COSCO Shipping Holdings Co. (Orient Overseas Container Line—OOCL), formerly in charge of the shipping container port in Long Beach in California, has been forced by the Trump admin to sell its holding to an Australian company.
When Obama did this, I remember thinking that there was probably no chance of stopping it. Thankfully, Trump is in office! --DavidB4 (TALK) 16:24, 18 November 2019 (EST)

I did not know of this -- this is good news and I'll look into it further. I'm not sure whether it would be more appropriate in this sub-article, the trade sub-article, or the military/national security sub-article. Thanks! --1990'sguy (talk) 17:14, 18 November 2019 (EST)
It could fit into any of the three sub-articles. I'll leave it up to your judgement as to which is best. On the surface, Trade seems to make the most sense, but the main concern which this change removes is the threat to national security, due to the lack of border security. --DavidB4 (TALK) 17:46, 18 November 2019 (EST)
I just added this to the military/national security article because the main concern over China owning a major port was national security. This appears to be one of those important/significant stories that received much less media coverage than it should have. Thank you for pointing it out to me! --1990'sguy (talk) 17:12, 19 November 2019 (EST)
  1. Multiple references:
  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.