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:''Main article: [[Donald Trump achievements]]''
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This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by [[President of the United States of America|U.S. President]] [[Donald Trump]], [[Trump Administration|his administration]], and [[United States Congress|Congress]] related to [[immigration]], [[illegal immigration]], and border security.
  
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==Legislation signed==
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*H.R. 244, which was signed into law by President Trump on May 5, 2017, and funded the government through September 30, 2017, did not include funding for several of President Trump's priorities, such as defunding sanctuary cities and building new sections of the border wall. However, it did include an additional $1.5 billion in border security funding, including money to repair 40 miles of existing border barrier sections and to increase funding for [[Immigration and Customs Enforcement|ICE]] and [[Customs and Border Protection|CBP]], among other conservative achievements.<ref>Multiple references:
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* Moran, Greg (May 6, 2017). [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-budget-immigration-201700506-story.html New federal spending plan lacks money for Trump’s border wall — and other immigration priorities, too]. ''The San Diego Union-Tribune''. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
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* Jones, Susan (May 1, 2017). [http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/susan-jones/omnibus-includes-no-funding-border-wall-11b-border-security-technologies Omnibus Includes No Funding for Border Wall; But $1.1B for ‘Border Security Technologies’]. ''CNS News''. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
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* Moons, Michelle (May 6, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/02/admin-touts-border-fence-improvements-as-border-wall-failure-looms/ Admin Touts Border Fence Improvements as Border Wall Failure Looms]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 6, 2017.
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*Gillman, Todd J. (May 2, 2017). [https://www.dallasnews.com/news/politics/2017/05/02/border-fence-trump-aides-tout-40-miles-upgrades-lament-delays On border fence, Trump aides tout 40 miles of upgrades — and lament delays]. ''The Dallas Morning News''. Retrieved June 28, 2017.</ref>
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==Executive actions==
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===2017===
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There was a large change in the Trump Administration, particularly in the [[United States Department of Justice|Department of Justice]],<ref>Mason, Ian (April 27, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/27/new-sheriff-town-first-100-days-sessions-doj/ New Sheriff in Town: The First 100 Days at the Sessions DOJ]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 27, 2017.</ref><ref>Noble, Andrea (April 27, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/27/jeff-sessions-lays-justice-foundation-in-difficult/ Sessions helps stabilize volatile Justice Department in first 100 days]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved April 27, 2017.</ref> regarding immigration policy, compared to the Obama Administration.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Llorente, Elizabeth (April 17, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/17/sessions-immigration-policies-mark-big-change-from-obama-policies.html Sessions' immigration policies mark big change from Obama policies]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
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*[http://cis.org/100-days-Assessing-the-Trump-Administrations-Immigration-Track-Record What a Difference 100 Days Makes: Assessing the Trump Administration's Immigration Track Record]. ''Center for Immigration Studies''. April 2017. Retrieved June 11, 2017.</ref> The [[United States Department of Homeland Security]] under [[John F. Kelly]], who served during the first six months of Trump's presidency, made numerous accomplishments in advancing President Trump's conservative immigration policies.<ref>Munro, Neil (July 28, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/28/ten-facts-john-kellys-brief-tour-homeland-security/ Ten Accomplishments By John Kelly At Homeland Security]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 28, 2017.</ref><ref>Boyer, Dave (July 28, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/28/john-kelly-named-trump-white-house-chief-staff-rep/ Trump names DHS Secretary Kelly as White House chief of staff; Priebus out]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 28, 2017.</ref><ref>Gomez, Alan (July 31, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2017/07/31/chief-staff-john-kelly-steady-loyal-role-homeland-security/524911001/ Chief of staff Kelly's record at Homeland Security shows steady, loyal leadership]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved October 26, 2017.</ref> It was reported early in Trump's presidency that immigration hardliners had become influential in the Trump Administration.<ref>[http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/24/nyt-immigration-reformers-rising-trump-administration/ NYT: Immigration Hard-Liners Rising in Trump Administration]. ''Breitbart News''. April 24, 2017. Retrieved April 24, 2017.</ref> Illegal immigration enforcement statistics showed the Trump Administration's commitment to keeping its campaign promises.<ref name="2017StatisticsResolve">Dinan, Stephen; Noble, Andrea (August 9, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/donald-trumps-illegal-immigration-numbers-show-maj/ Illegal immigration statistics show Trump’s resolve to keep campaign promise]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.</ref>
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According to a September 2017 reported by the DHS's Office of Immigration Statistics, illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico was harder than it had ever been in decades, at least, and smuggling costs doubled from the late 2000s.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Giaritelli, Anna (September 18, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dhs-cost-of-smuggling-people-to-the-us-has-more-than-doubled-to-9200/article/2634759 DHS: Cost of smuggling people to the US has more than doubled to $9,200]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
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*Jaeger, Max (September 18, 2017). [http://nypost.com/2017/09/18/sneaking-into-us-from-mexico-has-gotten-much-harder-feds/ Sneaking into US from Mexico has gotten much harder: feds]. ''New York Post''. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
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*Miroff, Nick (September 18, 2017). [https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/border-security-is-tougher-than-ever-dhs-report-finds/2017/09/18/5d198328-9a46-11e7-a527-3573bd073e02_story.html Border security is tougher than ever, DHS report finds]. ''The Washington Post''. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
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*Racke, Will (September 18, 2017). [http://dailysignal.com/2017/09/18/crossing-the-border-illegally-is-harder-than-its-been-in-50-years-dhs-report-says/ Crossing the Border Illegally Is Harder Than It’s Been in 50 Years, DHS Report Says]. ''The Daily Signal''. Retrieved September 21, 2017.
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*Racke, Will (September 18, 2017). [http://dailycaller.com/2017/09/18/crossing-the-border-illegally-is-harder-than-its-been-in-50-years-dhs-report-says/ Crossing The Border Illegally Is Harder Than It’s Been In 50 Years, DHS Report Says]. ''The Daily Caller''. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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The Center for Immigration Studies came to the same conclusion after reviewing DHS data:
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*Binder, John (September 27, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/27/border-controls-making-human-smuggling-expensive-claims-report/ Border Controls Making Human Smuggling More Expensive, Claims Report]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 27, 2017.</ref> The Trump Administration drastically changed the Obama Administration's refugee policies, reducing refugee admission levels and ending the previous administration's focus on Muslim refugees.<ref>Dinan, Stephen (September 26, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/26/donald-trump-cuts-barack-obamas-refugee-policy-in-/ Trump cuts Obama’s refugee target in half, takes more Christians than Muslims]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved September 26, 2017.</ref> The Trump Administration made several actions to help stop illegal child border crossers.<ref>Rosenberg, Mica (November 3, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-trump-effect-immigration-children/new-trump-immigration-efforts-aim-to-stop-child-border-crossers-idUSKBN1D309S New Trump immigration efforts aim to stop child border crossers]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved November 4, 2017.</ref>
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As a sign of President Trump immigration successes, the [[mainstream media]] and the [[establishment]] opposed Trump's immigration policies,<ref>Binder, John (July 18, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/18/nyt-lets-obama-bush-alums-grieve-illegal-immigration-crackdown/ NYT Lets Obama, Bush Alums Grieve Illegal Immigration Crackdown]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 18, 2017.</ref> and the media, particularly outlets connected to left-wing donor [[George Soros]], showed panic in its reporting due to the Trump Administration's enforcement of immigration law.<ref>Binder, John (July 8, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/08/soros-funded-media-panics-immigration-enforcement/ Soros-Funded Media Panics over Immigration Enforcement]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 8, 2017.</ref>
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The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to legal immigration:
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[[File:Donald Trump refugee order, Jan 27, 2017.jpg|thumb|200px|Trump signing his Jan. 27, 2017 order regarding refugees and travel from high-risk countries.]]
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[[File:Donald Trump "Muslim ban".png|thumb|200px|Countries affected by Trump's Jan. 27, 2017 travel ban.]]
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*January 27, 2017—Trump signed [[Travel ban|an executive order]] indefinitely banning the admission of [[Syria]]n refugees, suspending the overall refugee program for 120 days, suspending entry and the issuing of visas from seven failed Middle Eastern countries<ref>Hayward, John (January 30, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/01/30/7-nations-named-trump-executive-order-security-nightmares/ Corruption, Terrorism, and Genocide: The 7 Nations Covered by Trump Executive Order]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 30, 2017.</ref> for at least 90 days, and reducing the number of refugees allowed into the nation during the fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.<ref>Toosi, Nahal (January 27, 2017). [http://www.politico.com/story/2017/01/trump-executive-order-immigration-vetting-terrorists-234290 Trump bars Syrian refugees, halts entry of citizens from some Muslim states]. ''Politico''. Retrieved January 27, 2017.</ref><ref>Paletta, Damian; Sonne, Paul; Schwartz, Felicia (January 27, 2017). [http://www.wsj.com/articles/trump-is-signing-executive-orders-on-military-rebuilding-immigration-vetting-1485554165 Donald Trump Signs Actions Banning Syrians, Suspending Refugee Program]. ''The Wall Street Journal''. Retrieved January 27, 2017.</ref><ref>[https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-02-01/pdf/2017-02281.pdf Executive Order 13769 of January 27, 2017 -- Protecting the Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry Into the United States]. ''Federal Register''. February 1, 2017. Retrieved May 7, 2017.</ref> Additionally, Trump made clear that he would help [[Christian]] refugees, a reversal from the Obama Administration.<ref>Hayward, John (January 27, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/01/27/trump-will-give-persecuted-christians-priority-refugee-status/ Trump: Christian Refugees ‘Horribly Treated,’ ‘We Are Going to Help Them’]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved January 27, 2017.</ref> Despite criticism from leftists and non-conservatives, 49 percent of the American public supported the decision compared to 41 percent opposed, according to the "mainstream" Reuters,<ref>Kahn, Chris (January 31, 2017). [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-immigration-poll-exclusive-idUSKBN15F2MG Exclusive: Only a third of Americans think Trump's travel ban will make them more safe]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved January 31, 2017.</ref> and 57% percent of likely American voters supported the ban according to Rasmussen.<ref>[http://m.rasmussenreports.com/public_content/politics/current_events/immigration/january_2017/most_support_temporary_ban_on_newcomers_from_terrorist_havens Most Support Temporary Ban on Newcomers from Terrorist Havens].'' January 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.</ref> Additionally, while the leftist [[establishment]] European leaders opposed the ban, a strong majority – 55% average – of Europeans supported the ban, according to a poll in 10 [[European Union]] nations.<ref>Shaw, Adam (February 9, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/02/09/majority-europeans-in-favor-trump-style-muslim-ban-poll-shows.html Majority of Europeans in favor of a Trump-style Muslim ban, poll shows]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved February 9, 2017.</ref><ref>Jamieson, Alastair (February 8, 2017). [http://www.nbcnews.com/storyline/europes-border-crisis/majority-leading-eu-nations-support-trump-style-travel-ban-poll-n718271 Majority in Leading EU Nations Support Trump-Style Travel Ban: Poll]. ''NBC News''. Retrieved February 9, 2017.</ref>
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*March 6, 2017—President Trump signed a [[Travel ban|second executive order]] regarding the temporary suspension of refugees and others from certain high-risk countries after the first one was blocked by the courts. The second order made some clarifications and minor improvements over the first, such as exempting green card holders from the ban and excluding [[Iraq]] from it as it had developed an acceptable vetting process.<ref>Munro, Neil (March 6, 2016). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/06/trump-new-refugees-executive-pushes-back-judges/ Donald Trump Signs Executive Order Banning Travel from Six Terror-Tied Countries]. ''Breitbart''. Retrieved March 6, 2017.</ref><ref>Chakraborty, Barnini (March 6, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/06/trump-signs-new-immigration-order-narrows-scope-travel-ban.html Trump signs new immigration order, narrows scope of travel ban]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved March 6, 2017.</ref> (after being blocked in federal courts,<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/28/trump-travel-ban-to-go-into-effect-timeline-legal-journey.html? Trump travel ban to go into effect: Timeline of a legal journey]. ''Fox News''. June 28, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.</ref> the [[Supreme Court of the United States|Supreme Court]] on June 26, 2017, partially reinstated the ban and allowed key portions of it to continue pending a hearing on the ban's constitutionality in October<ref>Multiple references:
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*{{cite news|url=http://www.scotusblog.com/2017/06/justices-agree-weigh-travel-ban-allow-parts-go-effect/|title=Justices agree to weigh in on travel ban, allow parts of it to go into effect|work=SCOTUSblog|date=June 26, 2017|accessdate=June 26, 2017}}
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*Mason, Ian (June 26, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/26/supreme-court-reinstates-trump-travel-ban-muslim-majority-countries/ Supreme Court Reinstates Trump Travel Ban from Muslim-Majority Countries]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/26/supreme-court-to-hear-trump-appeal-travel-ban-block.html Trump travel ban: Supreme Court reinstates key parts of executive order]. ''Fox News''. June 26, 2017. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (June 26, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/26/supreme-court-revives-trump-travel-ban/ Supreme Court revives Trump travel ban; ‘a clear victory for our national security,’ president says]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 26, 2017.
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*Chakraborty, Barnini (June 26, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/26/supreme-court-decision-shifts-momentum-in-trump-travel-ban-case.html Supreme Court decision shifts momentum in Trump travel ban case]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
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Conservatives criticized the fact that it was a partial reinstatement rather than a full reinstatement:
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*Leahy, Michael Patrick (June 26, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/26/supreme-court-decision-creates-bureaucratic-mess-in-refugee-admissions-program/ Supreme Court Decision Creates Bureaucratic Mess in Refugee Admissions Program]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 27, 2017.
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The Trump Administration moved to establish a narrow interpretation of the Court's "bona-fide relationship" it mandated when implementing the ban's partial reinstatement:
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*Leahy, Michael Patrick (June 29, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/29/trump-administration-moves-quickly-to-narrowly-define-bona-fide-relationship-for-visa-applicants-from-six-countries-named-in-travel-ban/ Trump Administration Moves to Narrow ‘Bona Fide Relationship’ Definition for Visa Applicants from Travel Ban Countries]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/29/trump-administration-sets-new-visa-rules-for-travel-ban-countries-report-says.html Trump administration sets new visa rules for travel-ban countries, report says]. ''Fox News''. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (June 29, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/29/travel-ban-who-does-trumps-executive-order-block-from-entering-us.html Travel ban: Who does Trump's executive order block from entering the US?] ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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It went into effect on June 29:
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*Chamberlain, Samuel (June 29, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/29/trump-travel-ban-takes-effect-to-minimal-disruption.html Trump travel ban takes effect to minimal disruption]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
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The Trump Administration made some exceptions to the ban:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/13/trump-intervenes-to-let-afghan-teens-attend-robot-competition-in-us.html Trump intervenes to let Afghan teens attend robot competition in US]. ''Fox News''. July 13, 2017. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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On October 24, 2017, the Supreme Court dropped the travel ban case, due to it having expired and being [[moot]]:
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*Klukowski, Ken (October 24, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/24/supreme-court-dismisses-another-challenge-trump-travel-ban/ Supreme Court Dismisses Another Challenge to Trump Travel Ban]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
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*Uria, Daniel (October 24, 2017). [https://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2017/10/24/Supreme-Court-dismisses-last-remaining-travel-ban-appeal/9791508875841/ Supreme Court dismisses last remaining travel ban appeal]. ''UPI''. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
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*Hurley, Lawrence (October 24, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-court-immigration/supreme-court-dismisses-hawaiis-challenge-to-trump-travel-ban-idUSKBN1CT2NJ Supreme Court dismisses Hawaii's challenge to Trump travel ban]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved October 24, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen; Noble, Andrea (October 24, 2017). [https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/24/supreme-court-drops-trump-travel-ban-case/ Supreme Court drops Trump travel ban case]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved October 24, 2017.</ref>)
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*In late March/early April 2017, the Trump Administration cracked down on [[H-1B visa]]s in a series of actions, making it much more difficult for entry-level programmers to enter the U.S., combating corruption in the program, and making sure that Americans were not discriminated against.<ref>Multiple references:
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* Kumar, Bhaswar (April 4, 2017). [http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/h-1b-visas-trump-s-us-not-barring-all-programmers-only-entry-level-ones-117040400235_1.html H-1B visas: Trump's US not barring all programmers, only entry-level ones]. ''Business Standard''. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
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* Singh, Kanishka (April 4, 2017). [http://indianexpress.com/article/world/tightened-us-h-1b-visa-norms-in-line-with-trumps-america-first-slogan-4599268/ Tightened US H-1B visa norms in line with Trump’s ‘America first’ slogan]. ''Indian Express''. Retrieved April 4, 2017.
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* Cao, Jing; Brustein, Joshua (April 4, 2017). [https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-04-03/new-h-1b-guidelines-crack-down-on-computer-programmer-jobs Trump Cracks Down on H-1B Visa Program That Feeds Silicon Valley]. ''Bloomberg''. Retrieved March 4, 2017.</ref> On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order restricting the H-1B visa to give the hiring preference to American workers and enacting stronger enforcement of laws requiring the use of American-made materials in federal projects.<ref>Multiple references:
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* Miller, S.A. (April 18, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/18/trump-signs-executive-order-reining-h-1b-visa-prog/ Trump signs executive order for ‘buy-American, hire-American’ policy]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
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* Spiering, Charlie (April 18, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/18/donald-trump-celebrates-america-first-executive-order-wisconsin/ Donald Trump Celebrates ‘America First’ Executive Order in Wisconsin]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.
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* Chakraborty, Barnini (April 18, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/18/trump-signs-order-to-clamp-down-on-visa-program-enforce-buy-american-policy.html Trump signs order to clamp down on visa program, enforce 'buy American' policy]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.</ref> Experts on the H-1B visa supported his order.<ref>Binder, John (April 18, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/18/h-1b-experts-trumps-order-elected/ H-1B Experts on Trump’s Order: ‘This Is What We Elected Him For’]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.</ref>
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*July 10, 2017—The Trump Administration delayed for eight months, reasoning that immigration officials already had much important work to do, an Obama Administration rule that would have made it easier for foreign nationals to enter the country to start a business.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (July 10, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/10/trump-nix-obama-immigration-program-entrepreneurs/ Trump cancels Obama’s special immigration program for foreign entrepreneurs]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 11, 2017.
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*Binder, John (July 11, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/11/trump-admin-halts-obama-loophole-foreign-nationals/ Trump Admin Halts Obama Loophole for Foreign Nationals]. ''Breitbart News''. July 11, 2017.
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*Neidig, Harper (July 10, 2017). [http://thehill.com/policy/technology/341282-trump-administration-delays-international-entrepreneur-rule DHS delays rule allowing entrepreneurs into the United States]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved July 11, 2017.</ref>
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*July 2017—The Trump Administration changed the focus of [[United States Citizenship and Immigration Services|Citizenship and Immigration Services]] from "integration," as it was under the Obama Administration, to "assimilation." This could be seen in the renaming of a grant program started under the Obama Administration from the "Citizenship and Integration Grant Program" to the "Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program."<ref>Leahy, Michael Patrick (July 28, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/28/trump-administration-changes-focus-of-uscis-immigrant-citizenship-training-to-assimilation/ Trump Administration Changes Focus of USCIS Immigrant Citizenship Training to Assimilation]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 28, 2017.</ref>
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*August 2017—The DHS ended the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program, which gave certain minors from [[El Salvador]], [[Guatemala]], and [[Honduras]] the ability to enter the U.S. even if they were previously unable to enter under refugee status.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Binder, John (August 15, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/15/trump-admin-ends-youth-parole-program-central-americans/ Trump Admin Ends Youth Parole Program for Central Americans]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
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*Chakraborty, Barnini (August 17, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/17/trump-administration-shuts-down-central-american-minor-protection-program.html Trump administration shuts down Central American minor protection program]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved August 18, 2017.
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*Picket, Kerry (August 15, 2017). [http://dailycaller.com/2017/08/15/dhs-ends-central-american-minors-parole-program/ DHS Ends Central American Minors Parole Program]. ''The Daily Caller''. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
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*Moran, Greg (August 15, 2017). [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-refugee-children-20170815-story.html Program allowing some minors from Central America into U.S. halted]. ''The San Diego Tribune''. Retrieved August 15, 2017.
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*Yee, Vivian; Semple, Kirk (August 15, 2017). [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/08/15/us/trump-central-american-refugees.html Policy Under Trump Bars Obama-Era Path to U.S. for Central American Youths]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved August 15, 2017.</ref> This move took effect on November 9, 2017.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/united-states-ends-program-central-american-minors-fleeing-violence/4109218.html US Program Ends for Central American Minors Fleeing Violence]. ''Voice of America''. November 9, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/us-ends-special-refugee-program-for-central-america-youth/4107551.html US to End Refugee Program for Central American Youth]. ''Voice of America''. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.
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*[https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-minors/u-s-program-for-central-american-child-refugees-to-end-thursday-idUSKBN1D905C U.S. program for Central American child refugees to end Thursday]. ''Reuters''. November 8, 2017. Retrieved November 11, 2017.</ref>
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*It was reported in August 2017 that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was denying requests from employers to import cheap foreign labor into the U.S. for high-skilled jobs if the employers could not explain why it wanted to pay a lower wage for "high-skill" job.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Binder, John (August 23, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/23/trump-admin-cutting-requests-low-wage-foreign-workers/ Trump Admin Cutting Requests for Low-Wage Foreign Workers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 23, 2017.
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*North, David (August 22, 2017). [https://cis.org/North/Using-Scalpel-Not-Sledgehammer-Some-Migration-Issues Using a Scalpel, Not a Sledgehammer, on Some Migration Issues]. ''Center for Immigration Studies''. Retrieved August 23, 2017.</ref> It was reported in September 2017 that USCIS issued 85,000 challenges to H-1B visa applications through August 31, a 45% increase from the previous year and more than any year during the Obama Administration.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Bowden, John (September 20, 2017). [http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/351498-trump-making-it-harder-for-skilled-foreigners-to-work-in-us-report Trump making it harder for skilled foreigners to work in US: report]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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*Torbati, Yeganeh (September 20, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-employment-insight/trump-administration-red-tape-tangles-up-visas-for-skilled-foreigners-data-shows-idUSKCN1BV0G8 Trump administration red tape tangles up visas for skilled foreigners, data shows]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved September 20, 2017.
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*Binder, John (September 21, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/21/trump-admin-filing-h-1b-challenges-companies-report-claims/ Trump Admin Filing More H-1B ‘Challenges’ on Companies, Report Claims]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 21, 2017.</ref>
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*September 24, 2017—The Trump Administration established a new travel ban that affected 8 countries – [[Chad]], [[Iran]], [[Libya]], [[North Korea]], [[Somalia]], [[Syria]], [[Yemen]], and certain individuals from [[Venezuela]]. According to the U.S. government, these countries fell under the travel ban due to not sharing information about terrorism and the people applying to the U.S.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-weighs-replacement-to-travel-ban-/4042444.html Trump Expands Ban on Travel to US From 8 Countries]. ''Voice of America''. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/24/trump-approves-updated-travel-restrictions-on-several-mideast-african-countries.html Trump approves updated travel restrictions on 8 countries, adding North Korea and Venezuela to list]. ''Fox News''. September 24, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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*Colvin, Jill; Sherman, Mark (September 25, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/25/trump-replaces-90-day-ban-with-new-travel-restrictions.html Trump's new travel ban: Third time the charm?] ''Fox News'' (from the ''Associated Press''). Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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*Munro, Neil (September 24, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/24/trump-names-countries-hiding-information-from-us-visa-reviewers/ Trump Denies Visas to Seven Countries Which Conceal Their Citizens’ Identity]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (September 24, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/24/trump-alters-travel-ban-include-north-korea-veneze/ Trump expands enhanced vetting to include Chad, North Korea and Venezuela]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
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*Mason, Jeff; Stewart, Phil (September 25, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/legal-us-usa-immigration-trump/trump-slaps-travel-restrictions-on-n-korea-venezuela-in-sweeping-new-ban-idUSKCN1C01FZ Trump slaps travel restrictions on N.Korea, Venezuela in sweeping new ban]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved September 27, 2017.</ref>
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*September 29, 2017—President Trump signed an order to allow up to only 45,000 refugees into the country in 2018, the lowest cap since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980 and a 59% decrease compared to the cap that President Obama had proposed for 2017.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Korte, Gregory (September 29, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/09/29/trump-set-cut-refugee-quota-lowest-level-since-1980/713463001/ Trump signs order cutting refugee quota to lowest level since 1980]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*Torbati, Yeganeh (September 29, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/legal-us-usa-immigration-refugees/u-s-will-admit-up-to-45000-refugees-next-year-trump-idUSKCN1C4345 U.S. will admit up to 45,000 refugees next year -Trump]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/white-house-lowest-refugee-cap-ever/4050757.html White House Officially Issues Lowest Refugee Cap Ever]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (September 27, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/27/donald-trump-sets-lowest-refugee-cap-us-history/ Trump sets lowest refugee cap in history]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/27/trump-plans-to-slash-refugee-admissions-to-be-lowest-level-since-2006.html Trump plans to slash refugee admissions to lowest level since 2006]. ''Fox News''. September 27, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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Some conservatives, however, criticized President Trump for not suspending the refugee program:
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*Leahy, Michael Patrick (September 27, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/27/trump-administration-misses-opportunity-to-suspend-refugee-program-sets-fy-2018-ceiling-at-45000/ Trump Administration Misses Opportunity to Suspend Refugee Program, Sets FY 2018 Ceiling at 45,000]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.</ref>
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*October 23, 2017—The USCIS issued a memo making H-1B visa renewals tougher, with the USCIS vetting foreign workers with the visa as if they were first-time applicants rather than the previous policy which was more lenient.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Binder, John (October 25, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/25/trump-admin-tightens-h-1b-guidelines-keep-american-workers-replaced-foreign-labor/ Trump Admin Tightens H-1B Guidelines to Keep American Workers from Being Replaced by Foreign Labor]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*Sarai, Esha (October 26, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/greater-scrutiny-set-nonimmigrant-work-visa-renewals/4087885.html Greater Scrutiny Set for Nonimmigrant Work Visa Renewals]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*May, Patrick (October 25, 2017). [http://www.mercurynews.com/2017/10/25/trump-tightens-h-1b-visa-rules-what-you-need-to-know/ Trump tightens H-1B visa rules: What you need to know]. ''The Mercury News''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*O'Brien, Sara Ashley (October 25, 2017). [http://money.cnn.com/2017/10/25/technology/business/h1b-visa-renewal-uscis/index.html Trump administration toughens H-1B visa renewal process]. ''CNN Money''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.</ref>
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*October 24, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order reinstating refugee admissions into the U.S. but with tough vetting rules and with even tougher vetting for refugees from 11 countries.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Munro, Neil (October 24, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/24/president-trump-allows-refugee-restart/ President Trump Allows Refugee Restart, Amid New Security Rules]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-order-imposes-restrictions-on-refugee-admissions/4085186.html Trump Resumes Refugee Admissions into US, but with Greater Restrictions]. ''Voice of America''. October 25, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (October 24, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/24/donald-trump-signs-new-order-restricting-refugees-/ Trump signs new order restricting refugees from 11 ‘high risk’ countries]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/24/trumps-refugee-ban-ends-but-tougher-vetting-rules-coming.html Trump's refugee ban ends as executive order toughens vetting for 11 countries]. ''Fox News''. October 24, 2017. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*Superville, Darlene; Lederman, Josh (October 24, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/10/24/trumps-refugee-ban-ends-new-screening-rules-coming.html Trump allows refugee admissions to resume with new screening]. ''Fox News'' (from the ''Associated Press''). Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*Millward, David (October 25, 2017). [http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/25/us-imposes-tighter-controls-refugees-trump-entry-ban-ends/ US imposes tighter controls on refugees as Trump entry ban ends]. ''The Telegraph''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*Korte, Gregory (October 24, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/10/24/trump-signs-order-resuming-refugee-admissions-but-extreme-vetting/796992001/ Trump signs order resuming refugee admissions — but with 'extreme vetting']. ''USA Today''. Retrieved October 28, 2017.
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*[https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2017-10-27/pdf/2017-23630.pdf Executive Order 13815 of October 24, 2017 -- Resuming the United States Refugee Admissions Program
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With Enhanced Vetting Capabilities]. ''Federal Register''. October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 12, 2017.</ref>
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The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to vetting:
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*Late May 2017—The State Department introduced new and much stricter rules for vetting all people seeking a visa to enter the U.S., with the introduction of [[social media]] vetting being among the changes.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Binder, John (June 1, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/01/trump-state-dept-approves-stricter-vetting-visa-seekers/ Trump State Dept. Approves Stricter Vetting for Visa Seekers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
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*Torbati, Yeganeh (June 1, 2017). [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKBN18R3F8 Trump administration approves tougher visa vetting, including social media checks]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved June 1, 2017.
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*Singman, Brooke; Gibson, Jake (June 2, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/02/trump-administration-to-start-social-media-vetting-for-visa-applicants.html Trump administration to start social media vetting for visa applicants]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 2, 2017.</ref> The Trump Administration moved to make these measures permanent on August 3, 2017.<ref>Both sources are taken from Reuters but published in two different sites:
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*Torbati, Yeganah (August 4, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visa-idUSKBN1AJ2UC Trump administration moves to make tougher U.S. visa vetting permanent]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-visa-application/3972078.html Trump Administration Seeks to Make Tougher Visa Form Permanent]. ''Voice of America'' (from ''Reuters''). Retrieved August 4, 2017.</ref>
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*June 21, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order, rescinding a guideline signed by former President Obama to speed up vetting times for people seeking visas, in order to improve vetting standards.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Macchi, Victoria (June 22, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-executive-order-visa-wait-time/3911711.html New Trump Executive Order May Increase US Visa Wait Times]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*Fabian, Jordan; Chalfant, Morgan (June 29, 2017). [http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/339975-trump-quietly-puts-teeth-into-his-extreme-vetting-policy Trump quietly puts teeth into his ‘extreme vetting’ policy]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*Korte, Gregory (June 22, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/22/trump-order-slow-down-vetting-process-travelers-united-states/419226001/ Trump order will slow down vetting process for travelers to United States]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*Swanson, Mark (June 29, 2017). [http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/trump-vetting-procedures-travel-ban/2017/06/29/id/798897/ Trump Admin. Was Already Beefing Up Extreme Vetting Procedures]. ''Newsmax''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.</ref>
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*August 2017—The Trump Administration continued strengthening the vetting of immigrants, such as requiring some to prove their ability to return to their home countries if necessary, in order to crack down on visa overstays,<ref name="VisaOverstays">Multiple references:
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*Sati, Rajula; Gandarez, Maria Fernanda (August 23, 2017). [https://www.natlawreview.com/article/new-guidance-foreign-affairs-manual-may-add-challenges-to-visa-issuance-us-consular New Guidance in the Foreign Affairs Manual May Add Challenges to Visa Issuance at US Consular Posts Abroad]. ''The National Law Review''. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
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*Binder, John (August 25, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/25/trump-admin-strengthens-vetting-foreign-nationals-seeking-entry/ Trump Admin Strengthens Vetting of Foreign Nationals Seeking Entry]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (August 24, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/trump-orders-crackdown-on-foreign-students-who-overstay-visas-illegally/article/2632452 Trump orders crackdown on foreign students who overstay visas -- illegally]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 26, 2017.</ref> and requiring some of those seeking green cards to conduct an in-person interview.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (August 28, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/28/dhs-takes-next-step-extreme-vetting/ DHS takes next step on ‘extreme vetting’]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
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*Binder, John (August 29, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/29/extreme-vetting-coming-soon-green-card-seekers/ ‘Extreme Vetting’ Coming Soon for Green Card Seekers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 29, 2017.
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*Hart, Kim (August 28, 2017). [https://www.axios.com/getting-a-green-card-will-soon-take-longer-2478939167.html Getting a green card will soon take longer]. ''Axios''. Retrieved August 28, 2017.
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*Delk, Josh (August 26, 2017). [http://thehill.com/homenews/administration/348092-trump-rolls-out-extreme-vetting-for-some-green-cards-report Trump rolls out ‘extreme vetting’ for some green cards: report]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved August 26, 2017.
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*Hesson, Ted (August 25, 2017). [http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/25/trump-administration-green-card-hurdle-242050 Trump administration introduces green card hurdle]. ''Politico''. Retrieved August 26, 2017.</ref>
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The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to illegal immigration enforcement:
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[[File:Donald Trump Arizona Border Tour, August 2017.jpg|thumb|200px|President Trump visiting CBP officers in Yuma, Arizona, on August 22, 2017.]]
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*January 25, 2017—Trump signed two executive orders. The first one included ordering the "immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border," the hiring of 5,000 additional border control agents, and ending "catch-and-release" policies for illegal immigrants. The second order called for hiring an additional 10,000 federal immigration officers, re-establishing the Secure Communities Program and other local partnerships, making the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants a priority, directing the State Department to use leverage to ensure countries-of-origin take back illegal immigrants, and stripping federal grant money from [[Sanctuary City (Immigration)|sanctuary cities and states]].<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/25/trump-orders-construction-border-wall-targets-sanctuary-cities.html Trump orders construction of border wall, targets sanctuary cities]. ''Fox News''. January 25, 2017. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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*Schultheis, Emily (January 25, 2017). [http://www.cbsnews.com/news/trump-immigration-executive-order-wall/ Trump signs immigration executive orders at visit to DHS]. ''CBS News''. Retrieved January 25, 2017.
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*Mortensen, Ronald W. (February 6, 2017). [http://cis.org/mortensen/president-trumps-executive-order-puts-americans-first-least-75-illegal-aliens-eligible-deportation President Trump's Executive Order Puts Americans First; at Least 75% of Illegal Aliens Eligible for Deportation]. ''Center for Immigration Studies''. Retrieved June 11, 2017.</ref>
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*On March 31, 2017, after talking tough against [[Sanctuary City (Immigration)|"sanctuary cities"]] and illegal immigration, [[United States Attorney General|Attorney General]] [[Jeff Sessions]] announced a plan to speed up the deportation of imprisoned illegals.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/30/sessions-seeks-to-speed-up-deportation-illegal-immigrants-in-federal-facilities.html Sessions seeks to speed up deportation of illegal immigrants in federal facilities]. ''Fox News''. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
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*Kew, Ben (March 31, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/03/31/ag-jeff-sessions-unveils-program-to-accelerate-deportation-of-imprisoned-illegals/ AG Jeff Sessions Unveils Program to Accelerate Deportation of Imprisoned Illegals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 31, 2017.
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*Chardy, Alfonso (June 19, 2017). [http://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/immigration/article156656224.html Federal prosecutors inaugurate ‘express’ deportations]. ''Miami Herald''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.</ref> On April 11, 2017, Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. attorneys, instructing them to enforce much stricter guidelines against immigration crimes,<ref>Multiple references:
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*Mason, Ian (April 11, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/immigration/2017/04/11/crackdown-ag-sessions-vows-new-era-at-southern-border/ Crackdown: AG Sessions Vows ‘New Era’ at Southern Border]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
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*Noble, Andrea (April 11, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/11/justice-dept-end-catch-and-release-immigration-pol/ Trump’s Justice Department to end ‘catch and release’ immigration policy]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
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*Macchi, Victoria (April 11, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/session-to-tour-arizona-mexico-border/3805357.html Sessions Declares 'New Era' in Immigration Enforcement]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
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*Neuhauser, Alan (April 11, 2017). [https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2017-04-11/sessions-mandates-felony-prosecutions-for-immigration-violations Sessions Enhances Criminal Penalties for Immigration Violations: 'This Is the Trump Era']. ''U.S. News & World Report''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.</ref> and he announced the Justice Department would hire 125 immigration judges in the next two years.<ref>Singman, Brooke (April 11, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/11/ag-sessions-vows-to-confront-cartels-gangs-on-visit-to-us-mexico-border.html AG Sessions vows to confront cartels, gangs on visit to US-Mexico border]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved April 11, 2017.</ref> As a result of Session's decision, the DOJ resumed the criminal prosecution of first-time illegal border crossers, something which the Obama Administration stopped.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Binder, John (July 5, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/05/trump-reinstates-criminal-prosecution-first-time-border-crossers/ Trump Reinstates Criminal Prosecution for First-time Border-crossers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
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*Prendergast, Curt (June 29, 2017). [http://tucson.com/news/local/trump-immigration-policies-take-root-in-tucson-federal-court/article_59fa7c29-bcc2-5b49-8311-0310249a05f0.html Trump immigration policies take root in Tucson federal court]. ''Arizona Daily Star''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
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*Buch, Jason (June 10, 2017). [http://www.mysanantonio.com/opinion/commentary/article/A-renewed-focus-on-criminalizing-some-immigration-11209398.php A renewed focus on criminalizing some immigration]. ''San Antonio Express-News''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.</ref> In the [[Tucson]] border sector, 565 first-time illegal immigrants were prosecuted for entering in June 2017 alone.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Giaritelli, July 13, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/tucson-border-sector-prosecuted-565-first-time-illegal-trespassers-in-june/article/2628586 Tucson Border Sector prosecuted 565 first-time illegal trespassers in June]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (July 14, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/14/border-patrol-prosecutes-565-first-time-border-crossers-june/ Border Patrol Prosecutes 565 First-time Border Crossers in June]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 14, 2017.</ref>
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*April 26, 2017—The Department of Homeland Security established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), created to help support victims of illegal immigrant crime, and it established the DHS-Victim Information and Notification Exchange, which was created to help those victims track the custody status of those criminal illegal immigrants.<ref name="VOICEoffice">Multiple references:
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* Singman, Brooke (April 26, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/26/dhs-announces-office-for-victims-illegal-immigrant-crime.html DHS announces office for victims of illegal immigrant crime]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
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* McHugh, Katie (April 26, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/26/dhs-kelly-voice-victims-illegal-alien-criminals/ DHS Kelly Creates VOICE For Many Victims of Illegal Alien Criminals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 26, 2017.
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* McHugh, Katie (April 25, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/25/dhs-unveil-voice-office-victims-illegal-alien-crime/ DHS to Unveil VOICE Office for Victims of Illegal Alien Crime]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 26, 2017.</ref>
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*It was reported that the Trump Administration, due to the president's previous executive orders, had ended Obama's "home free magnet" policy, where illegal immigrants who did not commit a serious crime (other than crossing the border illegally) did not need to fear deportation because ICE needed to gain permission from the Field Office Director before deporting them; and the Trump Administration expanded the use of expedited removal proceedings, which is the deportation of illegals without a hearing unless they request one.<ref>Rappaport, Nolan (May 5, 2017). [http://thehill.com/blogs/pundits-blog/immigration/332110-on-illegal-immigration-trump-puts-an-end-to-obamas-home-free On illegal immigration, Trump ends Obama's 'home free magnet']. ''The Hill''. Retrieved May 6, 2017.</ref> Also, the DHS stopped asking for prosecutorial discretion and deferring deportations for illegals.<ref>Binder, John (July 21, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/21/trump-abolished-obama-era-deportation-postponement-illegal-aliens-says-report/ Trump ‘Abolished’ Obama-era Deportation Postponement for Illegal Aliens, Says Report]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 22, 2017.</ref> Thus, illegal immigrants "without violent criminal histories" could be arrested and deported.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-38959785 Has Trump started a new deportation drive?] ''BBC News''. February 13, 2017. Retrieved May 20, 2017.
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*Kulish, Nicholas; Dickerson, Caitlin; Nixon, Ron (February 25, 2017). [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/us/ice-immigrant-deportations-trump.html Immigration Agents Discover New Freedom to Deport Under Trump]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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This could be illustrated in the case of Somali illegals:
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* Binder, John (April 12, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/12/report-trump-deporting-4k-somali-migrants/ Report: Trump Deporting 4K Somali Migrants]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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* Binder, John (May 13, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/13/second-round-somalis-deported-us/ Second Round of Somalis Deported from U.S.] ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 20, 2017.</ref>
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*May 5, 2017—ICE established a policy that would give illegal immigrants stays of removal only if the chairs the House and Senate Judiciary Committees or the relevant subcommittees requested them, as opposed to the earlier policy of issuing stays of removal whenever a private bill to legalize illegals was introduced in Congress.<ref>Dinan, Stephen (May 8, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/8/dhs-speeds-high-profile-deportations-democrats-cal/ DHS speeds high-profile deportations; Democrats call changes ‘mean-spirited’]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 2, 2017.</ref><ref name="ICEconginterf">Mason, Ian (May 8, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/08/ice-announces-crackdown-congressional-interference-deportations/ ICE Announces Crackdown on Congressional Interference with Deportations]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 8, 2017.</ref><ref>Binder, John (May 11, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/11/ice-no-deportation-halts-amnesty-proposals/ ICE: No More Deportation Halts from Amnesty Proposals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.</ref> This would allow ICE to deport illegals without having members of Congress obstruct deportations.<ref name="ICEconginterf"/>
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*Early in Trump's presidency, it was clear the U.S. government was cracking down on criminal illegal immigrants and gangs.<ref>For example:
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* [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/03/30/ice-makes-84-arrests-in-three-day-operation-targeting-pacific-northwest.html ICE makes 84 arrests in three-day operation targeting Pacific Northwest]. ''Fox News''. March 30, 2017. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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* Price, Bob (April 25, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/25/ice-operation-leads-arrest-95-criminal-aliens-texas/ Ice Operation Leads to Arrest of 95 Criminal Aliens in Texas]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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* Price, Bob (April 28, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/28/ice-arrests-76-criminal-aliens-round/ ICE Arrests 76 Criminal Aliens in Round-up]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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*Saavedra, Ryan (May 26, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/26/ice-cracks-sanctuary-california-arrests-nearly-200/ ICE Cracks ‘Sanctuary’ California: Arrests Nearly 200]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 26, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (June 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/09/ice-busts-70-criminal-aliens-texas-oklahoma-operation/ ICE Busts 70 Criminal Aliens in Texas, Oklahoma Operation]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (June 10, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/10/ice-officers-round-113-criminal-aliens-new-jersey-sweep/ ICE Officers Round Up 113 Criminal Aliens in New Jersey Sweep]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (June 15, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/15/ice-busts-39-ms-13-members-new-york-operation/ ICE Busts 39 MS-13 Members in New York Operation]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 15, 2017.
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*Whitehouse, Kaja (June 14, 2017). [http://nypost.com/2017/06/14/trumps-pledge-to-wipe-out-ms-13-gang-paying-off-in-ny/ Trump’s pledge to wipe out MS-13 gang paying off in NY]. ''New York Post''. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/26/ice-arrests-114-in-new-york-operation-targeting-fugitives-illegal-immigrants.html ICE arrests 114 in New York operation targeting fugitives, illegal immigrants]. ''Fox News''. July 26, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (August 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/09/ice-busts-36-sex-offender-criminal-aliens-sanctuary-city/ ICE Busts 36 Sex Offender Criminal Aliens in Sanctuary City]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.</ref> For example, between March 26 and May 6, 2017, ICE conducted a crackdown on gangs, including [[MS-13]] and other illegal immigrant gangs, that arrested nearly 1,400 people – the largest such operation conducted up to that point.<ref>Multiple references:
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* Saavedra, Ryan (May 11, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/11/dhs-arrests-nearly-1400-suspected-gang-members/ DHS Arrests Nearly 1,400 Suspected Gang Members]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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* Singman, Brooke (May 11, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/11/ice-arrests-1378-suspected-gang-members-in-largest-sweep-to-date.html ICE arrests 1,378 suspected gang members in largest sweep to date]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (June 21, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/21/ice-project-new-dawn-lands-1378-criminal-aliens-jail/ ‘Project New Dawn’ Largest Gang Enforcement Surge to Date, Says ICE]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 21, 2017.</ref> In an operation in late September 2017, ICE arrested nearly 500 illegals in "sanctuary" cities.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/09/28/ice-arrests-nearly-450-illegal-immigrants-in-sanctuary-city-raids.html ICE arrests nearly 450 illegal immigrants in sanctuary city raids]. ''Fox News''. September 28, 2017. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (September 28, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/28/ice-nabs-nearly-500-aliens-sweep-sanctuary-cities/ ICE nabs nearly 500 aliens in sweep of sanctuary cities]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*Binder, John (September 28, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/09/28/nearly-500-criminal-illegal-aliens-arrested-national-sanctuary-city-sting/ Nearly 500 Criminal Illegal Aliens Arrested in National ‘Sanctuary City’ Sting]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.
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*Manchester, Julia (September 28, 2017). [http://thehill.com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/news/353014-ice-arrests-hundreds-of-immigrants-in-sanctuary-cities ICE arrests nearly 500 immigrants in 'sanctuary cities']. ''The Hill''. Retrieved October 1, 2017.</ref> The Trump Administration also cooperated with [[Central America]]n countries in order to combat MS-13 recruitment in the region.<ref>Farivar, Masood (June 23, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/us-justice-department-ms13-mara-salvatrucha/3910556.html US Takes MS-13 Gang Fight to Its Root Countries]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved June 28, 2017.</ref>
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*May 2017—In order to avoid misreporting and distortions by the media, ICE established a [[Spanish language|Spanish]] media presence.<ref>Price, Bob (May 16, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/16/ice-looks-avoid-media-distortions-spanish-language-website/ ICE Looks to Avoid Media Distortions with Spanish Language Website]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 16, 2017.</ref><ref>[https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/ice-expands-digital-presence-spanish-website-twitter ICE expands digital presence with Spanish website, Twitter -- News Releases]. ''U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement''. May 15, 2017. Retrieved May 16, 2017.</ref>
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*By May 2017, the Trump Administration was able to reduce the number of countries "that habitually refuse to take back immigrants whom the U.S. is trying to deport" from 20 to 12.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (May 16, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/16/countries-refusing-us-deportees-cut-from-20-to-12/ Trump presses more countries take back U.S. deportees in immigration success]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved May 17, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (July 7, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/countries-that-refuse-to-take-back-illegals-cut-in-half-big-win-for-trump/article/2627957 Countries that refuse to take back illegals cut in half, 'big' win for Trump]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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*Clark, Alex (July 12, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/12/countries-failing-comply-deportations-u-s-sliced-half/ 11 Countries Resume Compliance with U.S. Deportations, Halving International Resistance]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 12, 2017.</ref> In September 2017, the Trump Administration enacted visa sanctions on four countries that continued to refuse to accept deportees.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Mikelionis, Lukas (September 14, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/09/14/us-slaps-sanctions-on-four-nations-for-refusing-to-take-deported-nationals.html US slaps sanctions on four nations for refusing to take deported nationals]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
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*Mohammed, Arshad; Torbati, Yeganeh (September 13, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-visas-exclusive/u-s-will-not-issue-some-visas-in-four-nations-in-deportation-crackdown-idUSKCN1BO1W4 U.S. will not issue some visas in four nations in deportation crackdown]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
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*Greenwood, Max (September 13, 2017). [http://thehill.com/policy/international/350518-us-to-halt-granting-some-visas-in-four-countries US limiting visas in four countries for refusing deportations]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
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*Nixon, Ryan (September 13, 2017). [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/09/13/us/politics/visa-sanctions-criminal-convicts.html Trump Administration Punishes Countries That Refuse to Take Back Deported Citizens]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved September 14, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (September 12, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/sep/12/trump-punishes-sanctuary-countries-halts-visas-tho/ Trump punishes sanctuary countries, halts visas for nations that refuse to cooperate on deportations]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved September 14, 2017.</ref>
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*President Trump worked to eliminate Obama's legacy of giving privileges to illegal immigrants in detention centers.<ref>Price, Bob (April 14, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/14/trump-kelly-dismantle-obamas-progress-illegal-immigrants/ Trump and Kelly ‘Dismantle’ Obama’s ‘Progress’ for Illegal Immigrants]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 14, 2017.</ref> At the same time, the Trump Administration expanded immigration enforcement efforts, such as through building additional detention centers.<ref>[http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/15/trump-administrations-first-immigrant-detention-center-goes-texas/ Trump Administration’s First Immigrant Detention Center Goes Up in Texas]. ''Breitbart News''. April 15, 2017. Retrieved April 15, 2017.</ref> (The inspector general reported on June 7, 2017, but based on July 2016 inspections, that the facilities used by the DHS to detain illegal families were overall in good shape and met federal standards<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (June 7, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/7/dhs-audit-clears-facilities-detain-illegal-immigra/ Inspector general’s audit clears DHS facilities that detain illegal immigrant families]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 7, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (June 19, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-ig-finds-nothing-wrong-at-detention-centers-rejects-complaints-from-illegals/article/2626375 ICE IG finds 'nothing' wrong at detention centers, rejects complaints from illegals]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 22, 2017.
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*DHS Inspector General (June 7, 2017) [https://www.oig.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/assets/2017/OIG-17-65-Jun17.pdf Results of Office of Inspector General FY 2016 Spot Inspections of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Family Detention Facilities] OIG-17-65 Retrieved June 23, 2017.</ref>)
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*It was reported in June 2017 that the Trump Administration began repatriating illegal immigrants given "administrative closure" by the Obama Administration, a form of "quasi-amnesty."<ref>Multiple references:
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*Rosenberg, Mica; Levinson, Reade (June 9, 2017). [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-deportations-exclusiv-idUSKBN1902I4 Exclusive: Trump targets illegal immigrants who were given reprieves from deportation by Obama]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved June 11, 2017.
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*Munro, Neil (June 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/09/donald-trump-ends-hidden-administrative-closure-amnesty/ Reuters: Donald Trump Ends Hidden ‘Administrative Closure’ Quasi-Amnesty]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 11, 2017.</ref> Due to this change in policy, as it was reported a month later in July 2017, the number of deportation cases in [[Los Angeles]] alone rose 60%.<ref>Hawkins, Awr (July 19, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/07/19/la-deportation-cases-jump-60-percent-president-trump/ L.A. Sees 60% Jump in Deportation Cases Under Trump]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 19, 2017.</ref> The Trump Administration re-opened numerous deportation cases.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/08/under-trump-old-deportation-orders-get-new-life.html Under Trump, old deportation orders get new life]. ''Fox News''. June 8, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.</ref>
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*June 2017—The Department of Homeland Security ended a program where 21 officials cooperated with anti-deportation and pro-amnesty organizations, and reassigned those officials to the new VOICE office which helps victims of illegal immigrant crimes.<ref>Munro, Neil (June 13, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/13/dhs-shuts-anti-deportation-office/ DHS Shuts Down Anti-Deportation Office]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 13, 2017.</ref>
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*June 15, 2017—The DHS canceled the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program created by the Obama Administration in November 2014 that would have given amnesty to about 4 million illegal immigrants but was blocked by federal courts before its full implementation.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/16/trump-scraps-obama-policy-that-protected-immigrant-parents-from-deportation.html Trump scraps Obama policy that protected immigrant parents from deportation]. ''Fox News''. June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (June 15, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/15/john-kelly-cancels-obamas-2014-amnesty-that-courts/ Homeland Security officially cancels Obama’s 2014 amnesty that courts had blocked]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
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*Munro, Neil (June 15, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/15/dhs-john-kelly-wipes-obamas-dapa-amnesty/ DHS John Kelly Wipes Out Obama’s ‘DAPA’ Amnesty]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
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*Giaritelli, Anna (June 15, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dhs-rescinds-obama-era-dapa-policy-that-would-have-protected-illegal-immigrant-parents/article/2626175 DHS rescinds Obama-era DAPA policy that would have protected illegal immigrant parents]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 16, 2017.
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*Binder, John (June 17, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/17/immigration-patriots-thrilled-about-trump-tossing-out-dapa/ Immigration Patriots ‘Thrilled’ About Trump Tossing Out DAPA]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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*Jackson, David; Collins, Michael (June 16, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2017/06/16/donald-trump-migrants-dreemaers/102912330/ Trump keeps policy on Dreamers, eliminates protection for older immigrants]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.</ref>
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*June 23, 2017—The DOJ threw its support behind Texas's sanctuary city ban that was challenged in court.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Price, Bob (June 23, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/22/trump-doj-fight-texas-sanctuary-ban/ Trump DOJ to Fight for Texas ‘Sanctuary’ Ban]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*Racke, Will (June 20, 2017). [http://dailycaller.com/2017/06/20/trump-doj-will-back-texas-in-courtroom-defense-of-anti-sanctuary-law/ Trump DOJ Will Back Texas In Courtroom Defense Of Anti-Sanctuary Law]. ''The Daily Caller''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*Noble, Andrea (June 23, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/23/doj-says-texas-anti-sanctuary-city-law-does-not-vi/ DOJ says Texas’ anti-sanctuary city law does not violate the Constitution]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*Cohen, Kelly (June 23, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jeff-sessions-defends-new-sanctuary-city-law-in-texas/article/2626926 Jeff Sessions defends new 'sanctuary city' law in Texas]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.</ref>
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*June 30, 2017—It was reported that the Trump Administration, under a memo signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, began cracking down on illegal immigrant parents who paid to have their children smuggled into the United States.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Bowden, John (June 30, 2017). [http://thehill.com/latino/340252-trump-admin-cracks-down-on-parents-who-paid-to-smuggle-children-into-us Trump admin cracks down on parents who paid to smuggle children into US]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
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*Kriel, Lomi (June 30, 2017). [http://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/ICE-targeting-relatives-who-pay-to-illegally-11260232.php ICE targeting relatives who pay to illegally bring children into U.S.]. ''Houston Chronicle''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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*Burke, Garance (June 30, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/30/immigration-surge-initiative-target-parents-relati/ Immigration ‘surge initiative’ to target parents, relatives who smuggled their children into U.S.]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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*Dickerson, Caitlin (July 1, 2017). [https://www.nytimes.com/2017/07/01/us/trump-arrest-undocumented-immigrants.html Trump Administration Targets Parents in New Immigration Crackdown]. ''The New York Times''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.</ref>
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*Despite encountering opposition in "sanctuary" cities, ICE agents continued enforcing U.S. immigration law in those cities.<ref>Lajeunesse, William (July 13, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/07/13/immigration-agents-continue-enforcement-even-in-cities-hostile-to-them.html Immigration agents continue enforcement even in cities hostile to them]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.</ref>
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*The number of 287(g) agreements between ICE and various counties in the U.S., which increase cooperation between the counties and ICE, nearly doubled by late-July 2017 compared to the previous year, and the program increased at a much faster rate than it did during the Obama Administration.<ref name="287(g)Texas">Active 287(g) agreements existed on July 31, 2017, nearly double that in 2016. Only six such agreements were made between 2012 and 2016 during the Obama Administration. Multiple references:
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*Schallhorn, Kaitlyn (July 31, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/31/texas-police-agencies-get-some-ice-powers.html Texas police agencies get some ICE powers]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
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*Garza, Lisa Maria (July 31, 2017). [http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-texas-idUSKBN1AG2H7?il=0 Trump administration reaches deal with Texas counties on immigration]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (July 31, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/31/18-texas-sheriffs-ink-immigration-enforcement-partnerships/ 18 Texas Sheriffs Ink Immigration Enforcement Partnerships]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 31, 2017.</ref> In one instance in late-July 2017, ICE announced it had signed 18 such agreements with the same number of counties in Texas.<ref name="287(g)Texas"/>
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*It was reported in July 2017 that, in a break with the Obama Administration, that the Justice Department was again using the more accurate legal term "illegal alien" to describe such people, rather than the politically correct terms used by the previous administration.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Price, Bob (July 31, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/31/chicago-tribune-offended-by-dojs-use-of-term-illegal-alien/ Chicago Tribune Offended by DOJ’s Use of Term ‘Illegal Alien’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
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*Stockman, Rachel (July 31, 2017). [http://lawnewz.com/high-profile/sessions-doj-is-now-using-term-illegal-aliens-and-advocates-are-outraged/ DOJ is Now Officially Using The ‘I-Word,’ and Advocates are Outraged]. ''LawNewz''. Retrieved July 31, 2017.
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*O'Brien, Cortney (August 1, 2017). [https://townhall.com/tipsheet/cortneyobrien/2017/08/01/doj-now-using-term-illegal-alien-n2362875 DOJ Unapologetically Using Term 'Illegal Alien']. ''Townhall''. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
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*[http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/08/01/justice-department-illegal-aliens-immigrants Liberals Outraged After DOJ Starts Calling Illegal Immigrants 'Aliens']. ''Fox News Insider''. Retrieved August 1, 2017.</ref>
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*September 7, 2017—The DOJ announced that cities that did not have "sanctuary" status would have priority in receiving money for the COPS grant program.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Mason, Ian (September 7, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/07/doj-gives-priority-consideration-in-funding-decisions-to-non-sanctuary-jurisdictions/ DOJ Gives ‘Priority Consideration in Funding Decisions’ to Non-Sanctuary Jurisdictions]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 8, 2017.
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*Vinik, Danny (September 8, 2017). [http://www.politico.com/agenda/story/2017/09/08/trump-policy-regulation-climate-immigration-000508 3 things Trump did this week while you weren't looking]. ''Politico''. Retrieved September 8, 2017.</ref>
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*October 4, 2017—The DOJ announced that due to sending additional immigration judges to southern border districts, 2,700 additional cases had been completed compared to if the judges were not deployed, according to data by the Executive Office of Immigration Review.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Mason, Ian (October 4, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/04/doj-judge-surge-leads-to-2700-additional-immigration-cases-resolved/ DOJ: Judge Surge Leads to 2700 Additional Immigration Cases Resolved]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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*Pheiffer, Alex (October 4, 2017). [http://dailycaller.com/2017/10/04/doj-says-immigration-judge-surge-has-been-effective/ DOJ Says Immigration Judge Surge Has Been Effective]. ''The Daily Caller''. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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*Lehman, Charles Fain (October 4, 2017). [http://freebeacon.com/national-security/justice-department-announces-success-immigration-judge-surge/ Justice Department Announces Success of Immigration Judge Surge]. ''The Washington Free Beacon''. Retrieved October 5, 2017.
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*Kopan, Tal (October 4, 2017). [http://www.cnn.com/2017/10/04/politics/immigration-courts-judges/index.html DOJ touts effects of surge of immigration judges sent to border]. ''CNN''. Retrieved October 5, 2017.</ref>
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*The Trump Administration oversaw a large increase in illegal immigrant arrests and deportations compared to the Obama Administration, showing its commitment to keeping its campaign promises:<ref name="2017StatisticsResolve"/>
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**Despite the large drop in illegal immigrant apprehensions, and likely because of it,<ref name="GunDrugSeizures">Bedard, Paul (July 20, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/border-war-turns-from-illegals-to-mexican-cartels-mdash-gun-drug-seizures-up/article/2629201 Border war turns from illegals to Mexican cartels — gun, drug seizures up]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 20, 2017.</ref> the amount of illegal guns and drugs seized by [[Customs and Border Protection]] saw large increases in the beginning of Trump's presidency.<ref name="GunDrugSeizures"/><ref>Price, Bob (May 14, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/14/border-patrol-agents-seize-massive-amounts-drugs-migrant-crossings-drop/ Border Patrol Agents Seize Massive Amounts of Drugs After Migrant Crossings Drop]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 14, 2017.</ref> In addition, the number of immigration arrests increased, with a 38% increase in Trump's [[first 100 days]].<ref>Dinan, Stephen (May 17, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/17/immigration-arrests-38-percent-under-trump/ Free of Obama restraints, immigration agents make 38% more arrests in Trump’s first 100 days]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved May 17, 2017.</ref><ref>Price, Bob (May 17, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/17/ice-arrests-increase-40-percent-since-trump-signed-immigration-enforcement-order/ ICE Arrests Up 40 Percent Under Trump]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 18, 2017.</ref> The DHS had arrested 66,000 illegal immigrants by late June 2017,<ref>Munro, Neil (June 29, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/29/dhs-john-kelly-slams-congress-undermining-immigration-law-touts-66000-illegals-arrested/ DHS John Kelly Slams Congress For Undermining Immigration Law, Touts 66,000 Illegals Arrested]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 30, 2017.</ref> and it was reported in early July that arrests had doubled from the Obama Administration.<ref>Binder, John (July 4, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/04/illegal-immigrant-arrests-doubling-trump/ Illegal Immigrant Arrests Doubling under Trump]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 4, 2017.</ref> In one widely reported incident on June 15, U.S. Border Patrol agents had to obtain a warrant<ref>Price, Bob (June 16, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/16/illegal-alien-support-group-forces-border-patrol-get-warrants/ Illegal Alien Support Group Forces Border Patrol to Get Warrants]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 18, 2017.</ref> and raided an Arizona desert camp to arrest four illegal immigrants,<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/06/16/border-patrol-raids-arizona-desert-camp-that-helps-illegal-immigrants.html Border Patrol raids Arizona desert camp that helps illegal immigrants]. ''Fox News''. June 16, 2017. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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*Frank, BrieAnna J. (June 15, 2017). [http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/politics/border-issues/2017/06/16/border-patrol-arrests-no-more-deaths-medical-aid-camp-arizona/402478001/ Border Patrol arrests 4 migrants at Arizona desert aid camp]. ''The Arizona Republic''. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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*Greenwood, Max (June 16, 2017). [http://thehill.com/latino/338304-border-patrol-raids-camp-arrests-four-men Border patrol raids camp, arrests four men]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved June 18, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (June 16, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/16/border-patrol-agents-attacked-for-doing-their-jobs-by-media/ Border Patrol Agents Attacked for Doing Their Jobs in Media]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 18, 2017.</ref> and in another instance in July 2017, ICE arrested 650 illegals in four days who had already been required to leave the country.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Giaritelli, Anna (August 1, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/feds-arrest-650-illegal-immigrants-who-were-ordered-to-leave-the-country/article/2630300 Feds arrest 650 illegal immigrants who were ordered to leave the country]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (August 2, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/02/ice-arrests-650-obama-era-border-crossers/ ICE Arrests 650 Obama Era Border Crossers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 2, 2017.</ref>
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**It was reported in early August 2017 that due to reforms and additional hirings of immigration judges, the number of deportation orders increased by nearly 28% compared to the same period of time in 2016, and when including "voluntary departure" orders, the number rose over 30%.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Mason, Ian (August 8, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/08/winning-30-more-illegals-going-home-in-2017/ WINNING: 30% More Illegals Going Home in 2017]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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*Noble, Andrea (August 8, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/deportation-orders-against-illegal-immigrants-near/ Deportation orders up nearly 28 percent in first 6 months of Trump administration]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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*Lajeunesse, William (August 9, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/08/09/deportation-orders-jump-31-percent-under-president-trump.html Deportation orders jump 31 percent under President Trump]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.</ref> The deportation of Europeans increased compared to previous years, indicating the Trump Administration's deportation policy was evenhanded.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[https://www.rt.com/usa/396057-european-deportation-ice/ US deportation of Europeans surges, on track to surpass 2016 numbers]. ''RT''. July 12, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
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*Marcelo, Philip (July 11, 2017). [http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/us-deportations-europeans-track-exceed-year-48559515 US deportations of Europeans could exceed last fiscal year]. ''ABC News'' (from the ''Associated Press''). Retrieved July 19, 2017.</ref>
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**It was reported in August 2017 that of the 42,000 illegal immigrants in federal prisons, nearly all of them either had deportation orders or were being investigated for possible deportation.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Bedard, Paul (August 9, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dhs-23-of-all-federal-prisoners-are-illegals-just-7-of-42034-saved-from-deportation/article/2630999 DHS: 23% of all federal prisoners are illegals, just 7 of 42,034 saved from deportation]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (August 1, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/1/immigrants-22-percent-federal-prison-population/ Immigrants are 22 percent of federal prison population]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
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*Rosales, Erik (August 1, 2017). [http://www1.cbn.com/cbnnews/us/2017/august/nearly-a-quarter-of-federal-prisoners-are-immigrants Nearly a Quarter of Federal Prisoners are Immigrants]. ''CBN News''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.</ref>
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**It was reported in August 2017 that so far in 2017 the Trump Administration had deported 30% more illegal immigrants enrolled in the DACA program due to crimes and gang violence.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Munro, Neil (August 29, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/29/dhs-repatriating-daca-amnesty-criminals/ DHS Repatriating More DACA Amnesty Criminals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 30, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (August 29, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/feds-30-surge-in-illegals-losing-daca-freedom-for-crimes-gang-violence/article/2632820 Feds: 30% surge in illegals losing DACA freedom for crimes, gang violence]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 30, 2017.</ref>
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**It was reported in November 2017 that the Trump Administration was making more of an effort than the Obama Administration to reach quick deportation decisions in immigration courts.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Munro, Neil (November 12, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/12/donald-trump-deputies-spike-repatriation-illegals/ Donald Trump’s Deputies Spike Repatriation of Illegals]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
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*Cohen, Kelly (November 12, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/court-ordered-deportations-surge-after-trump-ends-obama-era-delay-tactics/article/2640384 Court-ordered deportations surge after Trump ends Obama-era delay tactics]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved November 12, 2017.</ref>
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The Trump Administration took several actions related to border security:
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*May 9, 2017—The Department of Homeland Security reported that it had implemented tougher vetting policies at U.S. border crossings.<ref>Gibson, Jake (May 9, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/09/additional-vetting-already-happening-dhs-officials-say.html 'Additional vetting' already happening, DHS officials say]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved May 9, 2017.</ref>
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*July 17, 2017—The Trump Administration, in a break with the Obama Administration's refusal to do likewise, gave $2.3 million to the state of [[Texas]] so its military patrol could continue patrolling the border with Mexico.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Aguilar, Julián (July 17, 2017). [https://www.texastribune.org/2017/07/17/trump-administration-awards-23-million-texas-border-security/ Trump administration awards $2.3 million to Texas for border security]. ''The Texas Tribune''. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (July 18, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/18/feds-fund-texas-border-security-efforts/ Feds to Fund Texas Border Security Efforts]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 18, 2017.</ref>
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*October 2017—The Trump Administration completed construction of eight prototypes of the proposed [[border wall]] to be used for testing to see which design is most appropriate for the border with [[Mexico]].<ref>Multiple references:
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*Lajeunesse, William (October 26, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/26/trumps-border-wall-prototypes-officially-unveiled-but-will-work.html Trump's border wall prototypes officially unveiled – but will they work?] ''Fox News''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/prototypes-of-border-wall/4088501.html Prototypes of Trump’s Border Wall Unveiled]. ''Voice of America''. October 26, 2017. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (October 26, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/oct/26/trump-border-wall-prototypes-completed/ U.S.-Mexico border wall prototypes completed]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
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*Moons, Michelle (October 27, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/10/27/border-wall-prototypes-face-testing-future-funding-questions/ Border Wall Prototypes Face Testing, Future Funding Questions]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
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*Somerville, Heather (October 23, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trump-wall/border-wall-prototypes-a-first-small-step-on-trump-campaign-promise-idUSKBN1CT007 Border wall prototypes a first small step on Trump campaign promise]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
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*Aguilar, Julián (October 26, 2017). [https://www.texastribune.org/2017/10/26/border-wall-moves-along-after-cbp-finishes-prototype-construction/ Federal government rolls out eight border wall prototypes]. ''The Texas Tribune''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.
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*Crabtree, Susan (October 26, 2017). [http://freebeacon.com/national-security/trumps-border-wall-prototypes-unveiled/ Trump’s Border Wall Prototypes Unveiled]. ''The Washington Free Beacon''. Retrieved October 26, 2017.
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*Carranza, Rafael (October 18, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/18/first-look-8-possible-versions-trumps-border-wall/777797001/ A first look at 8 possible versions of Trump's border wall]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.</ref>
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*The Trump Administration expanded the searching of electronic devices of people entering the country by almost four times.<ref>Farivar, Masood (October 28, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/us-border-spike-in-searches-of-phones-electronic-devices/4090013.html At US Border, Dramatic Spike in Searches of Phones, Electronic Devices]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.<br>
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See also:
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*Volz, Dustin (September 13, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-border-searches/trump-administration-sued-over-phone-searches-at-u-s-borders-idUSKCN1BO1XG Trump administration sued over phone searches at U.S. borders]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved October 29, 2017.</ref>
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==Appointments==
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[[File:DHS Secretary John Kelly and U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions visit the South Texas Border, El Paso (34086685732).jpg|thumb|200px|DHS Secretary Kelly and Attorney General Sessions in El Paso, Texas, on April 20, 2017.]]
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[[File:Jeff Sessions with U.S. Border Patrol agents.jpg|thumb|200px|Attorney General Sessions meeting with U.S. Border Patrol Agents, April 11, 2017.]]
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*Attorney General [[Jeff Sessions]]<ref>Clark, Alex (July 18, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/18/ag-jeff-sessions-goal-end-illegal-immigration/ AG Jeff Sessions: ‘Our Goal Is To End illegal Immigration’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 18, 2017.</ref><ref name="KellySessionsTough">[https://www.voanews.com/a/kelly-sessions-pledge-tough-stance-border-policy/3821106.html Kelly, Sessions Pledge Tough Stance on Border Policy in San Diego]. ''Voice of America''. April 21, 2017. Retrieved July 26, 2017.</ref> and [[Secretary of Homeland Security]] [[John F. Kelly]] (with the full support of President Trump<ref>Derespina, Cody (April 18, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/18/trump-illegal-immigrant-criminals-are-getting-hell-out.html Trump: Illegal immigrant criminals are 'getting the hell out']. ''Fox News''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.</ref>) adopted a strong position against illegal immigration.<ref name="KellySessionsTough"/><ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/04/16/dhs-kelly-defends-more-ice-border-hires-says-illegal-immigrants-must-be-dealt-with.html DHS' Kelly defends more ICE, border hires; says illegal immigrants must be 'dealt with']. ''Fox News''. April 16, 2017. Retrieved April 17, 2017.</ref>
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*January 30, 2017—President Trump appointed Thomas Homan, someone with a reputation for enforcing immigration laws, as acting director of [[Immigration and Customs Enforcement]].<ref name="HomanICE">Multiple references:
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*Chamberlain, Samuel (January 31, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/01/31/trump-names-thomas-homan-acting-director-ice-replacing-obama-holdover.html Trump names Thomas Homan acting director of ICE, replacing Obama holdover]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
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*Berman, Mark; Zapotosky, Matt (January 30, 2017). [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/30/trump-appoints-new-immigration-and-customs-enforcement-director-noted-for-his-work-deporting-illegal-immigrants/?utm_term=.addf12ae690a Trump appoints new Immigration and Customs Enforcement director noted for his work deporting illegal immigrants]. ''The Washington Post''. Retrieved January 31, 2017.</ref> As the head of ICE, Homan took a strong stance on illegal immigration enforcement,<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (June 13, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/13/thomas-homan-ice-chief-says-illegal-immigrants-sho/ No apologies: ICE chief says illegal immigrants should live in fear of deportation]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (June 13, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-chief-rips-critics-of-deportations-entering-illegally-is-a-crime/article/2625799 ICE chief rips critics of deportations, entering illegally 'is a crime']. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (June 13, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-chief-all-illegals-should-be-worried-no-population-off-the-table/article/2625807 ICE chief: All illegals 'should be worried, no population off the table']. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
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*Garcia, Carlos (June 16, 2017). [http://www.theblaze.com/news/2017/06/16/ice-chief-has-zero-regrets-about-saying-illegal-immigrants-should-be-afraid-heres-why/ ICE chief has ‘zero regrets’ about saying illegal immigrants ‘should be afraid’ – here’s why]. ''The Blaze''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*Miller, S.A. (June 28, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/28/thomas-homan-calls-kates-law-immigration-crackdown/ ICE chief makes impassioned plea for Kate’s Law, crackdown on sanctuary cities]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
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*Athey, Amber (July 13, 2017). [http://dailycaller.com/2017/07/13/ice-director-sanctuary-cities-are-un-american-video/ ICE Director: Sanctuary Cities Are ‘Un-American’ (VIDEO)]. ''The Daily Caller''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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*[http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/07/13/acting-ice-director-thomas-homan-trump-letting-us-do-our-jobs-enforce-immigration-law Acting ICE Director: Trump Told Border Patrol, ICE 'You Can Do Your Job Now']. ''Fox News Insider''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (July 18, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-chief-80-jump-in-illegal-targets-readies-national-sanctuary-crackdown/article/2629001 ICE chief: 80% jump in illegal targets, readies national 'Sanctuary' crackdown]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 18, 2017.
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*Richardson, Matt (July 24, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/24/illegal-immigration-is-not-victimless-crime-ice-acting-director-says.html 'Illegal immigration is not a victimless crime,' ICE acting director says]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved July 24, 2017.
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*Bedard, Paul (August 22, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/ice-chief-illegals-home-free-under-obama-have-no-safe-haven-under-trump/article/2632289 ICE Chief: Illegals 'home free' under Obama have 'no safe haven' under Trump]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved August 23, 2017.</ref> even though some conservatives criticized him for his role in the Obama Administration and its lax illegal immigration policies.<ref name="HomanReleasedICE">Darby, Brandon; Ortiz, Ildefonso (July 1, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/01/official-released-criminal-aliens-u-s-obama-now-directing-ice/ Official Who Released Criminal Aliens into U.S. for Obama Now Directing ICE]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.</ref> On January 31, President Trump appointed Ronald Vitiello, who was endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council which also endorsed Trump in the 2016 election, to lead U.S. Border Patrol.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Price, Bob (February 1, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/02/01/border-patrol-union-new-chief-invaluable-trumps-border-plan/ Border Patrol Union: New Chief ‘Invaluable’ to Trump’s Border Plan]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*[http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jan/31/ronald-vitiello-head-border-patrol-trump-administr/ Donald Trump names Ronald Vitiello to head Border Patrol]. ''The Washington Times''. January 31, 2017. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*Giaritelli, Anna (January 31, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/union-backed-ronald-vitiello-will-head-up-border-patrol/article/2613528 Union-backed Ronald Vitiello will head up Border Patrol]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*Pestano, Andrew V. (February 1, 2017). [http://www.upi.com/Trump-administration-names-new-Border-Patrol-chief/7511485947321/ Trump administration names new Border Patrol chief]. ''UPI''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/ronald-vitiello-border-patrol-head/3700706.html Union-backed Ronald Vitiello Named to Head US Border Patrol]. ''Voice of America''. January 31, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.</ref> On April 25, 2017, Vitiello was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of [[Customs and Border Protection]].<ref>Multiple references:
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*[https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/arizona/articles/2017-04-26/border-patrol-names-carla-provost-acting-chief Border Patrol Names Carla Provost Acting Chief]. ''U.S. News & World Report''. Retrieved June 28, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/04/26/border-patrol-names-carla-provost-acting-chief.html Border Patrol names Carla Provost acting chief]. ''Fox News''. April 26, 2017. Retrieved June 28, 2017.</ref>
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*April 14, 2017—President Trump appointed two conservatives on immigration issues to senior positions in the Department of Homeland Security.<ref>Binder, John (April 14, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/14/immigration-hawks-ascend-senior-dhs-positions/ Immigration Hawks Ascend to Senior DHS Positions]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 14, 2017.</ref>
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==Other achievements==
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While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:
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===Drop in illegal immigration, 2017===
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Illegal immigration declined dramatically after Trump took office,<ref name="Lajeunesse">Lajeunesse, William; Prabucki, Laura (May 11, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/11/trumps-tough-immigration-rhetoric-slows-illegal-border-crossings-were-at-trickle.html Trump's tough immigration rhetoric slows illegal border crossings: 'We're at a trickle']. ''Fox News''. Retrieved May 11, 2017.</ref><ref>Bogan, Ray (June 9, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/09/border-patrol-arrests-in-2017-break-historical-trend.html Border Patrol arrests in 2017 break historical trend]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved June 10, 2017.</ref> and the decline hel[ed illustrate the administration's achievements on illegal immigration policy.<ref name="2017StatisticsResolve"/> According to data released early in Trump's presidency, illegal border crossings decreased by 40% in the first month of Trump's presidency – a remarkable achievement, considering that illegal immigration usually increases by 10 to 20% in January and February.<ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/09/illegal-border-crossings-decrease-by-40-percent-in-trumps-first-month-report-says.html Illegal border crossings decrease by 40 percent in Trump's first month, report says]. ''Fox News''. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.</ref><ref>[http://www.breitbart.com/news/illegal-border-crossings-from-mexico-down-40/ Illegal border crossings from Mexico down 40%]. ''Breitbart News''. March 9, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.</ref> In March, illegal immigration had fallen by over 60%.<ref>Multiple references:
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* [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/06/u-s-illegal-immigration-plunges-trump-crackdown/ U.S. Illegal Immigration Plunges on Trump Crackdown]. ''Breitbart News''. April 6, 2017. Retrieved April 6, 2017.
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* [https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2017/04/05/statement-press-secretary-decline-southwest-border-apprehensions Statement from the Press Secretary on the Decline in Southwest Border Apprehensions]. ''whitehouse.gov''. April 5, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2017.
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* Churchwell, Logan (April 4, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/04/illegal-immigration-fell-67-percent-trump-says-fmr-border-chief/ Illegal Immigration Fell 67 Percent under Trump, Says Fmr. Border Chief]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 5, 2017.</ref> By Trump's 100th day in office, levels were reported to have fallen by 73%.<ref>Nolan, Lucas (April 29, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/29/trump-illegal-immigration-down-by-unprecedented-73/ Trump: ‘Illegal Immigration Down by Unprecedented 73%’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 30, 2017.</ref><ref name="PFtrue">Valverde, Miriam (April 25, 2017). [http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2017/apr/25/donald-trump/illegal-immigration-lowest-17-years-trump-said/ Is illegal immigration the lowest in 17 years, as Trump said?] ''PolitiFact''. Retrieved April 30, 2017.</ref> The declining trend of border apprehensions (an indicator of the level of illegal immigration) continued through May.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Cohen, Kelly (June 8, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/border-patrol-data-arrests-at-us-mexico-border-on-steady-decline/article/2625405 Border patrol data: Arrests at US-Mexico border on steady decline]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 8, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (June 11, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/11/illegal-immigration-across-southwest-border-increa/ Illegal immigration across southwest border increased during May, says Homeland Security]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 11, 2017.</ref> It was reported in April that illegal immigration levels had fallen to the lowest point in 17 years.<ref name="PFtrue"/><ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/04/10/l-times-southwest-border-crossings-lowest-point-least-17-years/ L.A. Times: Southwest Border Crossings at ‘Lowest Point in at Least 17 Years’]. ''Breitbart News''. April 10, 2017. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (May 12, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/12/mexican-border-apprehensions-hit-17-year-low/ Mexican Border Apprehensions Hit 17-year Low]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 12, 2017.
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*[http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39505999 US-Mexico illegal border crossings fall to 17-year low]. ''BBC News''. April 5, 2017. Retrieved August 17, 2017.
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*Morrissey, Kate (April 4, 2017). [http://www.sandiegouniontribune.com/news/immigration/sd-me-border-apprehensions-20170404-story.html March border apprehensions reported to hit 17-year low]. ''The San Diego Union-Tribune''. Retrieved August 17, 2017.</ref>
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It was reported in May that the number of child illegal immigrants entering the nation monthly had fallen below 1,000, the first time in several years, and that total illegal immigration levels had fallen by 76%.<ref>Dinan, Stephen; Noble, Andrea (May 9, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/may/9/illegal-immigration-southwest-border-down-70-pct/ Trump’s immigration enforcement helps slow illegal border crossings by 76%]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved May 9, 2017.</ref> In six months, the illegal immigration of Haitians, specifically, into the U.S. declined by 97%.<ref>Dinan, Stephen (April 16, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/apr/16/haitians-at-border-down-as-trump-crackdown-news-sp/ Haitians get word of Trump crackdown, slow flow to border by 97%]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved April 20, 2017.</ref> Although not solely due to President Trump, illegal immigration from [[Cuba]] dropped dramatically in the beginning of Trump's presidency.<ref>Saavedra, Ryan (May 12, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/12/cuban-migration-plummets-zero-april/ Cuban Migration Plummets to Zero in April]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 12, 2017.</ref> Illegal immigration dropped so much that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was able to close one of their temporary holding facilities.<ref>Price, Bob (February 15, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/02/15/migrant-detention-center-closes-drop-border-crossings/ Drop in Trump Era Border Crossings Shutters Detention Center]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved March 31, 2017.</ref> As another illustration, a non-profit shelter organization for illegal immigrants, Southwest Key Programs, was forced to lay off nearly 1,000 of its employees due to the drop.<ref>Price, Bob (May 22, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/22/migrant-shelter-lays-off-1000-border-crossings-drop/ Migrant Shelter Lays Off 1,000 after Border Crossings Drop]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 22, 2017.</ref> The drop in illegal immigration was probably due to the [[Trump effect]]<ref name="Lajeunesse"/><ref>[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/03/30/sessions-border-crossings-down-60-percent-due-to-trumps-strong-leadership.html Sessions: Border crossings down 60 percent due to 'Trump's strong leadership']. ''Fox News''. March 30, 2017. Retrieved March 31, 2017.</ref><ref>Brown, Ben (April 12, 2017). [http://www.foxbusiness.com/politics/2017/04/12/border-patrol-union-president-illegal-immigration-decline-strictly-due-to-trump.html Border Patrol Union President: Illegal Immigration Decline ‘Strictly’ Due to Trump]. ''Fox Business''. Retrieved April 20, 2017.</ref> and tougher illegal immigration and deportation policies by the Homeland Security Department.<ref>Gibson, Jake (May 9, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/05/09/border-apprehensions-plummet-as-dhs-touts-enforcement-push.html Border apprehensions plummet as DHS touts enforcement push]. ''Fox News''. May 9, 2017. Retrieved May 9, 2017.</ref><ref>Kasperowicz, Pete (May 23, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/dhs-historic-shift-in-border-crossings-since-trumps-executive-order/article/2623949 DHS: 'Historic shift' in border crossings since Trump's executive order]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 23, 2017.</ref>
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Illegal immigration levels rose in June 2017, but they were still much lower than the previous year and at a six-year low.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Bedard, Paul (July 7, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/53-drop-in-arrests-of-illegals-at-southwest-border-crossings-6-year-low/article/2627990 53% drop in arrests of illegals at Southwest border crossings, 6-year low]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (July 7, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/7/illegal-immigration-spikes-along-us-mexico-border/ Illegal immigration spikes along U.S.-Mexico border]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (July 8, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/08/border-crossings-at-historic-lows-up-from-last-month/ Border Crossings at Historic Lows, Up from Last Month]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 8, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (July 10, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/10/border-apprehension-families-minors-increase-substantially-june/ Border Apprehension of Families, Minors Increase Substantially in June]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 10, 2017.</ref> Even after a 13% increase in July, numbers were still lower than during the Obama Administration.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (August 8, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/8/illegal-immigration-spikes-july/ Illegal immigration spikes in July; still lower than Obama years]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 8, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (August 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/09/illegal-alien-border-apprehensions-increase-third-straight-month/ Illegal Alien Border Apprehensions Increase for Third Straight Month]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.</ref>
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===Drop in refugee admissions, 2017===
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Regarding refugees, it was reported in May 2017 that the number of refugees entering the U.S. had sharply fallen from the peak during the Obama Administration.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Gomez, Alan (May 4, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2017/05/04/refugee-admissions-donald-trump-migrants/101036264/ Refugee admissions plummet under Trump, USA TODAY analysis finds]. ''USA Today''. Retrieved May 4, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (May 26, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/26/refugee-arrivals-decline-sharply-trump-says-report/ Refugee Arrivals Decline Sharply under Trump, Says Report]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 28, 2017.</ref> According to DHS numbers released in June 2017, the number of refugees admitted in the first three months of Trump's presidency was half of that of the last three months of Obama's presidency (even though refugee admissions increased at the end of Obama's presidency).<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/06/23/number-refugees-admitted-in-us-drops-by-50-percent-under-trump.html Number of refugees admitted in US drops by 50 percent under Trump]. ''Fox News''. June 23, 2017. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
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*Blake, Andrea (June 24, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/24/refugee-arrivals-down-drastically-under-trump-comp/ Refugee arrivals down drastically under Trump: DHS]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 24, 2017.
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*Higgins, Sean (June 24, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/refugee-admissions-halved-under-trump/article/2627002 Refugee admissions halved under Trump]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved June 24, 2017.</ref>
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Although the number of refugees admitted in May increased, the proportion of Muslim refugees declined from 34 to 28 percent compared to April.<ref>Leahy, Michael Patrick (June 2, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/06/02/number-of-refugees-admitted-into-the-u-s-increased-by-nineteen-percent-in-may-slightly-fewer-are-muslim/ Number of Refugees Admitted into U.S. Increased by Nineteen Percent in May, Slightly Fewer Are Muslim]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 2, 2017.</ref> In the first six months of Trump's presidency, more Christian refugees entered the country than Muslim ones, a departure from the Obama Administration, where more Muslim refugees entered.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Binder, John (July 13, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/13/christian-refugees-arriving-trump-muslims/ More Christian Refugees Arriving under Trump than Muslims]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 13, 2017.
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*Connor, Phillip; Krogstad, Jens Manuel (July 12, 2017). [http://www.pewresearch.org/fact-tank/2017/07/12/in-first-months-of-trump-presidency-christians-account-for-growing-share-of-u-s-refugee-arrivals/ In first months of Trump presidency, Christians account for growing share of U.S. refugee arrivals]. ''Pew Research Center''. July 17, 2017.</ref> In October 2017, the proportion of Muslim refugees declined to 23%.<ref name="PlummetFY2018"/>
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Due to President Trump's [[travel ban]], which the Supreme Court ordered partially reinstated in June 2017, refugee admissions to the U.S. declined dramatically,<ref>Leahy, Michael Patrick (July 5, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/05/refugee-arrivals-plummet-in-week-after-supreme-court-ruling-on-trump-executive-order/ Refugee Arrivals Plummet in Week After Supreme Court Ruling on Trump Executive Order]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 6, 2017.</ref> even after a federal judge ordered the criteria to enter under the partial ban to be expanded.<ref>Leahy, Michael Patrick (July 19, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/19/refugee-arrivals-trickle-virtual-halt-federal-judges-decision-expands-bona-fide-relationship/ Refugee Arrivals Trickle to Virtual Halt After Federal Judge’s Decision Expands ‘Bona Fide Relationship’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 19, 2017.</ref> Additionally, on July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court temporarily allowed the Trump Administration to strictly enforce its refugee admissions under the ban until an appeals court ruled on the matter.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[https://www.voanews.com/a/us-supreme-court-travel-ban-refugee/3950686.html US Supreme Court Halts Refugee Admissions Temporarily]. ''Voice of America''. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
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*[http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/07/19/justices-allow-strict-enforcement-trump-refugee-ban.html Justices allow strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban]. ''Fox News'' (from the ''Associated Press''). July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
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*Miller, S.A. (July 19, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/19/scotus-allows-strict-enforcement-trump-refugee-ban/ Supreme Court allows strict enforcement of Trump refugee ban]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
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Very few refugees were settled in the period of this ruling's effect:
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*Leahy, Michael Patrick (July 26, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/26/one-week-after-supreme-court-order-very-few-additional-refugees-have-arrived-in-the-united-states/ One Week After Supreme Court Order, Very Few Additional Refugees Have Arrived in the United States]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 27, 2017.</ref> Refugee arrivals in July were at the lowest rate in ten years,<ref>Macchi, Victoria (August 1, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/refugee-arrivials-us-plummet-lowest-level-decade/3968175.html Refugee Arrivals to US Plummet to Lowest Level in a Decade]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved September 2, 2017.</ref> and the rate of arrivals in August 2017 was at its lowest in fifteen years.<ref>Leahy, Michael Patrick (September 1, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/01/fewest-monthly-refugee-arrivals-in-august-since-2002/ Fewest Monthly Refugee Arrivals in August Since 2002]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 2, 2017.</ref> In October 2017, the first month of Fiscal Year 2018, the U.S. government admitted 1,242 refugees.<ref name="PlummetFY2018">Leahy, Michael Patrick (November 3, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/03/refugee-admissions-plummet-to-1242-in-first-month-of-fy-2018/ Refugee Admissions Plummet to 1,242 in First Month of FY 2018]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved November 4, 2017.</ref>
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===Other===
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*[[United States Citizenship and Immigration Services]] reported in April 2017 that the number of [[H-1B visa]] applications fell by 16%, the first time it fell in five years.<ref>Multiple references:
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*[http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/us-canada-news/steep-decline-in-h-1b-visas-applications-this-year-uscis/articleshow/58266815.cms Steep decline in H-1B visa applications this year: USCIS]. ''The Times of India''. April 19, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
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*O'Brien, Sara Ashley (April 17, 2017). [http://money.cnn.com/2017/04/17/technology/h-1b-visa-applications/index.html H-1B visa applications decline for first time in 5 years]. ''CNN''. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
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*Johnson, Natalie (April 19, 2017). [http://freebeacon.com/issues/drop-visa-applications-foreign-workers-direct-result-trump-presidency/ Drop in Visa Applications for Foreign Workers a Direct Result of Trump Presidency]. ''The Washington Free Beacon''. Retrieved August 11, 2017.</ref> It was reported in August 2017 that the number of H-1B visa applications decreased for the first time in seven years.<ref>Donnelly, Grace (August 2, 2017). [http://fortune.com/2017/08/02/new-data-shows-foreign-interest-in-american-jobs-may-be-declining-under-trump/ New Data Shows Foreign Interest in American Jobs May Be Declining Under Trump]. ''Fortune''. Retrieved August 11, 2017.</ref> In addition, American businesses, under pressure from the Trump Administration, focused more on hiring Americans rather than foreign workers.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Munro, Neil (August 11, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/11/winning-companies-hire-americans-instead-foreign-visa-workers/ Winning: Companies Hire Americans Instead of Foreign Visa Workers]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
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*Molla, Rani (August 9, 2017). [https://www.recode.net/2017/8/9/16091824/american-companies-interview-requests-foreign-tech-workers-trump U.S. companies aren’t trying to hire as many foreign tech workers since Trump’s election]. ''Recode''. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
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*[http://www.newsindiatimes.com/h-1b-visas-on-decline-as-trump-pushes-companies-to-hire-american/28994 H-1B visas on decline as Trump pushes companies to “hire American”]. ''News India Times''. August 2, 2017. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
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*Munro, Neil (September 5, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/09/05/politico-donald-trumps-hire-american-policies-helped-americans-get-jobs/ Politico: Donald Trump’s ‘Hire American’ Policies Helped Americans Get Jobs]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved September 7, 2017.</ref>
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*Businesses and farms that relied upon illegal immigrant labor could feel the effects of President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, with wages increasing.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Stegall, Casey (August 2, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/02/texas-home-builders-relying-on-immigrant-labor-feel-effects-immigrant-crackdown.html Texas home builders relying on immigrant labor feel effects of immigrant crackdown]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved August 2, 2017.
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*Binder, John (August 6, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/08/06/trump-immigration-crackdown-leads-higher-construction-wages/ Trump Immigration Crackdown Leads to Higher Construction Wages]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
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*Dinan, Stephen (August 10, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/10/farms-adjusting-to-life-without-immigrant-labor-sa/ Farms adjusting to life without immigrant labor: Report]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 11, 2017.
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*Rodgers, Bill (August 17, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/pennsylvania-immigrant-labor-shortage/3989747.html Rural America Braces for Labor Shortages After Immigration Crackdown]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved August 18, 2017.</ref>
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*It was reported in July 2017 that due to President Trump's strong immigration enforcement policies, numerous illegal immigrants chose to self-deport rather than being prosecuted and deported.<ref>Binder, John (July 11, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/11/illegal-aliens-self-deporting-amid-stricter-enforcement-says-report/ Illegal Aliens Self-deporting amid Stricter Enforcement, Says Report]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 11, 2017.</ref> In addition, many illegal immigrants and other immigrants fearing deportation fled to Canada.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Xenakis, John J. (August 4, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/08/04/4-aug-17-world-view-thousands-of-migrants-flee-to-canada-fearing-deportation-in-the-us/ World View: Thousands of Migrants Flee to Canada, Fearing Deportation in the U.S.]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
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*Bacon, John (August 3, 2017). [https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2017/08/03/canada-opens-montreal-stadium-haitian-refugees-fleeing-u-s/535827001/ Canada opens Montreal stadium to Haitian refugees fleeing U.S.] ''USA Today''. Retrieved August 4, 2017.
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*[http://www.breitbart.com/news/canada-sees-rising-tide-of-haitian-migrants-from-the-us/ Canada sees rising tide of Haitian migrants from the US]. ''Breitbart News''. August 6, 2017. Retrieved August 6, 2017.
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*Munro, Neil (November 14, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/14/canada-welcomes-migrants-u-s-trump-enforces-immigration-law/ Canada Welcomes Migrants From U.S. As Trump Enforces Immigration Law]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
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It was reported in October 2017 that "unprecedented numbers" – a rate of five times greater than in 2016 – of refugees were entering Canada from the United States:
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*Line, Molly (October 5, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/world/2017/10/05/refugees-continue-to-cross-from-us-to-canada-in-unprecedented-numbers.html Refugees continue to cross from US to Canada in unprecedented numbers]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved October 5, 2017.</ref> The number of migrants coming into Canada became so large that the Canadian government sent soldiers to take care of the situation.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Mason, Ian (August 9, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/09/canada-sends-soldiers-to-handle-illegals-flooding-her-southern-border/ Canada Sends Soldiers to Handle Illegals Flooding Her Southern Border]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
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*Boyle, Louise (August 9, 2017). [http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4776750/Army-building-tents-U-S-border-refugees-flood-in.html Soldiers build a tent city on the U.S. border as flood of Haitians seek refugee status in Canada over fears Trump will kick them out of U.S. - plunging Liberal pin-up Justin Trudeau into immigration crisis]. ''Daily Mail''. Retrieved August 9, 2017.
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*Lampert, Allison (August 9, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-canada-haitians-idUSKBN1AP26I Canada to set up border camp as number of asylum seekers swells]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
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*Kassam, Ashifa (August 9, 2017). [https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/09/canada-military-asylum-seekers-camp-border Canadian army builds 500-person border camp as asylum-seeker numbers rise]. ''The Guardian''. Retrieved August 10, 2017.</ref>
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*President Trump gave victims of illegal immigrant crimes a voice in his administration,<ref>Multiple references:
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*Moons, Michelle (July 3, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/07/03/victims-of-illegal-alien-crime-given-a-voice-every-one-of-our-childrens-deaths-have-been-preventable/ Victims of Illegal Alien Crime Given a Voice: ‘Every One of Our Children’s Deaths Have Been Preventable’]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.
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*Miller, S.A. (June 28, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/28/donald-trump-joins-victims-illegal-immigrant-crime/ Trump joins with victims of illegal-immigrant crime to urge Congress to act]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.</ref> as could be seen in the DHS's establishment of the VOICE office.<ref name="VOICEoffice"/>
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*The president of the National Border Patrol Council, which made its very first independent presidential endorsement for Trump in the 2016 election,<ref>Multiple references:
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*Darby, Brandon; Ildefonso, Ortiz (March 30, 2016). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2016/03/30/breaking-national-border-patrol-council-endorses-trump-for-president/ National Border Patrol Council Endorses Trump for President]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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*Howell, Kellan (March 30, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/30/national-border-patrol-council-endorses-donald-tru/ National Border Patrol Council endorses Donald Trump]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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*Aguilar, Julián (March 30, 2016). [https://www.texastribune.org/2016/03/30/border-patrol-union-endorses-trump-president/ Border Patrol Union Endorses Trump for President]. ''The Texas Tribune''. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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*Neidig, Harper (March 30, 2017). [http://thehill.com/blogs/ballot-box/presidential-races/274699-border-patrol-union-endorses-trump Border patrol union endorses Trump]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved July 1, 2017.
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*Davidson, Joe (March 30, 2017). [https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/powerpost/wp/2016/03/30/border-patrol-agents-union-endorses-trump/?utm_term=.6c473790ae84 Border Patrol agents union endorses Trump]. ''The Washington Post''. Retrieved July 1, 2017.</ref> stated in a July 2017 interview that border patrol agents did not have a higher morale in his 20 years of service due to President Trump's policies,<ref>Multiple references:
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*Ernst, Douglas (July 17, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jul/17/brandon-judd-border-patrol-union-president-says-mo/ Border Patrol union president says morale at 20-year high under Trump]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (July 17, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/17/border-patrol-morale-highest-level-says-agent/ Border Patrol Morale at Highest Level, Says Agent]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
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*[http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/07/17/border-patrol-union-president-trump-wall-high-energy-among-agents Head of Border Patrol Union: 'Energy' Among Agents Is Best I've Ever Seen]. ''Fox News Insider''. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 17, 2017.</ref> and in a separate interview held on the same day he spoke highly of Trump's role in dropping illegal immigration levels in early 2017.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Bernal, Rafael (July 17, 2017). [http://thehill.com/latino/342364-border-patrol-union-boss-drop-in-apprehensions-nothing-short-of-miraculous Border Patrol union boss: Drop in apprehensions 'nothing short of miraculous']. ''The Hill''. Retrieved July 17, 2017.
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*Giaritelli, Anna (July 17, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/border-patrol-union-chief-praises-miraculous-drop-in-illegal-immigration-under-trump/article/2628828 Border Patrol union chief praises 'miraculous' drop in illegal immigration under Trump]. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved July 17, 2017.</ref>
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*President Trump strongly advocated for conservative immigration reform and reductions,<ref>Bernal, Rafael (August 4, 2017). [http://thehill.com/latino/345407-immigration-critics-find-their-champion-in-trump Immigration critics find their champion in Trump]. ''The Hill''. Retrieved August 4, 2017.</ref> as seen in his August 2017 endorsement of a Senate bill to reduce legal immigration and change the U.S. immigration system to a merit-based system.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Heinlein, Peter (August 3, 2017). [https://www.voanews.com/a/trump-to-join-senators-in-bid-to-cut-legal-immigration/3969235.html Trump Endorses Bill to Limit Green Card Immigration]. ''Voice of America''. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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*Boyer, Dave; Dinan, Stephen (August 2, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/aug/2/trump-backs-immigration-bill-cut-green-card-limits/ Trump endorses merit-based system that would cut legal immigration by half]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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*Munro, Neil (August 2, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/donad-trump-unveils-merit-based-immigration-reform/ Donald Trump Unveils Merit Based Immigration Reform]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 3, 2017.</ref> While only a proposal, it was described as the first serious attempt in many decades to reduce immigration.<ref>Mason, Ian (August 2, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/raise-act-is-first-serious-attempt-to-reduce-immigration-in-generations/ RAISE Act Is First Serious Attempt to Reduce Immigration In Generations]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 3, 2017.<br>See also:
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*Munro, Neil (August 2, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/08/02/seven-facts-donald-trumps-merit-based-immigration-reform/ Seven Facts About Donald Trump’s Merit-Based Immigration Reform]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved August 3, 2017.
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*Wallace, Christopher (August 3, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/08/03/immigration-why-trump-wants-to-change-act-that-led-to-decades-unintended-consequences.html Immigration: Why Trump wants to change the act that led to decades of unintended consequences]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved August 3, 2017.</ref>
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==Failures==
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*February 2017—Despite enacting a crackdown on illegal immigration,<ref name="BergerDHSsurge">Berger, Judson (February 21, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/02/21/dhs-secretary-orders-immigration-agent-hiring-surge-end-to-catch-and-release.html DHS secretary orders immigration agent hiring surge, end to 'catch-and-release']. ''Fox News''. Retrieved February 21, 2017.</ref> the Trump Administration took a softer stance of illegal immigration than many conservatives had hoped and as the Left had expected.<ref>Dinan, Stephen (June 18, 2017). [http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/jun/18/donald-trumps-immigration-policies-keep-advocates-/ Trump’s immigration policies keep advocates on their toes]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved June 19, 2017.</ref> Although giving ''de facto'' amnesty to less illegal immigrants than Obama did in his last three months in office, the Trump Administration put nearly 55,000 additional illegal immigrants under the Temporary Protected Status program.<ref>Binder, John (June 14, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/14/nearly-55k-illegal-aliens-given-protection-trump-says-fed-report/ Nearly 55K Illegal Aliens Given ‘Protection’ under Trump, Says Fed Report]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 14, 2017.</ref>
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*It was reported in late-May and early-June 2017 that despite government and media statements to the contrary,<ref name="BergerDHSsurge"/><ref>Pfeiffer, Alex (April 24, 2017). [http://dailycaller.com/2017/04/24/data-shows-how-catch-and-release-has-ended-under-trump/ Data Shows How ‘Catch And Release’ Has Ended Under Trump]. ''The Daily Caller''. Retrieved June 11, 2017.</ref> the Trump Administration had not made any real change from the Obama Administration's "catch-and-release" policies when apprehending illegal immigrants.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Darby, Brandon (May 31, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/05/31/trump-quietly-continues-obamas-catch-release-border/ Trump Quietly Continues Obama’s ‘Catch and Release’ at Border]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved May 31, 2017.
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*Ainsley, Julia Edwards (June 6, 2017). [https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-immigration-detention-idUSKBN18X1G4 Despite Trump vow to end catch and release, he is still freeing thousands of migrants]. ''Reuters''. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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*Price, Bob (June 10, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/06/10/border-numbers-31-percent-one-month-catch-release-continues/ Border Numbers Up 31 Percent in One Month as ‘Catch and Release’ Continues]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
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*Shepherd, Todd (October 18, 2017). [http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/jeff-sessions-admits-catch-and-release-is-still-happening-at-the-border-its-still-unacceptable/article/2637896 Jeff Sessions admits 'catch and release' is still happening at the border: 'It's still unacceptable']. ''Washington Examiner''. Retrieved October 18, 2017.</ref> Catch-and-release was reinstated in Texas in November 2017 due to Border Control not having enough beds for the illegals.<ref>Dinan, Stephen (November 15, 2017). [https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/15/catch-and-release-illegal-immigrant-restarted-texa/ Catch-and-release of illegals restarted in Texas, border patrol agents say]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved November 16, 2017.</ref>
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*Due to confirmation delays in the Senate, many leaders of the agencies in charge of border security still had "acting" status well into Trump's presidency, something which prevented agencies from implementing stronger immigration enforcement policies.<ref>Kolb, Joseph J. (May 31, 2017). [http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/31/border-agents-say-acting-status-agency-chiefs-has-hampered-enforcement-efforts.html Border agents say ‘acting’ status of agency chiefs has hampered enforcement efforts]. ''Fox News''. Retrieved May 31, 2017.</ref>
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*President Trump was criticized by border patrol agents who had supported him for nominating Kevin McAleenan, an Obama holdover who reportedly played a key role in Obama's lax illegal immigration policy, as the head of [[Customs and Border Protection]].<ref>Ortiz, Ildefonso (April 5, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/05/brandon-darby-border-patrol-agents-feel-betrayed-trump-administration/ Brandon Darby: Border Patrol Agents Feel Betrayed by the Trump Administration]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 5, 2017.</ref> Thomas Homan, the director of ICE, was also criticized for his role in the Obama Administration,<ref name="HomanReleasedICE"/> such as by helping author Obama's immigration executive orders and policies and by speaking highly of Obama Administration officials.<ref>Darby, Brandon (July 10, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/10/trumps-ice-director-helped-author-obamas-immigration-priorities-executive-orders-praised/ Trump’s ICE Director Helped Author Obama’s Immigration Priorities and Executive Orders, Praised Them]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 10, 2017.</ref> Additionally, it was reported in April 2017 that Obama Administration holdovers in the CBP were engaging in undermining President Trump's agenda of securing the southern border.<ref>Darby, Brandon; Ortiz, Ildefonso (April 18, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/04/18/exclusive-officials-defy-trumps-promises-40-miles-border-ordered-unpatrolled/ EXCLUSIVE: Officials Defy Trump’s Promises: 40 Miles of Border Ordered Unpatrolled]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved April 18, 2017.</ref> Obama holdovers in ICE also continued Obama-era policies on immigration enforcement.<ref>Multiple references:
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*Dinan, Stephen (November 14, 2017). [https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2017/nov/14/ice-agents-rebel-say-trump-betrayed-them/ ICE agents rebel, say Trump ‘betrayed’ them by leaving Obama’s people in place]. ''The Washington Times''. Retrieved November 14, 2017.
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*[http://insider.foxnews.com/2017/11/15/ice-uproar-agents-union-blasts-trump-betrayal-says-obama-holdovers-still-place ICE Uproar: Agents' Union Blasts Trump's 'Betrayal,' Says Obama Holdovers Still in Place]. ''Fox News Insider''. November 15, 2017. Retrieved November 16, 2017.</ref>
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*It was reported in early-July 2017 that despite cutting the number of K-1 visas in nearly half and slightly lowered the level of chain migration,<ref>Binder, John (July 6, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/06/trump-shows-cuts-chain-migration-visas-early-months/ Trump Shows Cuts to Chain Migration Visas in Early Months]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 7, 2017.</ref> the State Department wasted a good opportunity to temporarily stop family chain migration by excluding individuals with a K-1 visa from President Trump's travel ban.<ref>Multiple references:
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*North, David (July 3, 2017). [https://cis.org/North/State-Department-and-Indian-PM-Both-Boot-Migration-Policy-Opportunities State Department and Indian PM Both Boot Migration Policy Opportunities]. ''Center for Immigration Studies''. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
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*Binder, John (July 5, 2017). [http://www.breitbart.com/texas/2017/07/05/trump-state-dept-wasted-opportunity-halt-chain-migration-says-expert/ Trump State Dept. ‘Wasted’ Opportunity to Halt Chain Migration, Says Expert]. ''Breitbart News''. Retrieved July 5, 2017.</ref>
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*As of November 2017, the Trump Administration continued many of the Obama Administration's [[open borders]] policies regarding H-1B visas.<ref>North, David (November 3, 2017). [https://cis.org/North/USCIS-Plays-Word-Games-Ease-Costs-H1B-Employers USCIS Plays Word Games to Ease Costs for H-1B Employers]. ''Center for Immigration Studies''. Retrieved November 3, 2017.</ref>
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[[Category:Donald Trump achievements]]

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Main article: Donald Trump achievements

This article is a non-exhaustive list of achievements by U.S. President Donald Trump, his administration, and Congress related to immigration, illegal immigration, and border security.

Legislation signed

  • H.R. 244, which was signed into law by President Trump on May 5, 2017, and funded the government through September 30, 2017, did not include funding for several of President Trump's priorities, such as defunding sanctuary cities and building new sections of the border wall. However, it did include an additional $1.5 billion in border security funding, including money to repair 40 miles of existing border barrier sections and to increase funding for ICE and CBP, among other conservative achievements.[1]

Executive actions

2017

There was a large change in the Trump Administration, particularly in the Department of Justice,[2][3] regarding immigration policy, compared to the Obama Administration.[4] The United States Department of Homeland Security under John F. Kelly, who served during the first six months of Trump's presidency, made numerous accomplishments in advancing President Trump's conservative immigration policies.[5][6][7] It was reported early in Trump's presidency that immigration hardliners had become influential in the Trump Administration.[8] Illegal immigration enforcement statistics showed the Trump Administration's commitment to keeping its campaign promises.[9]

According to a September 2017 reported by the DHS's Office of Immigration Statistics, illegally entering the U.S. from Mexico was harder than it had ever been in decades, at least, and smuggling costs doubled from the late 2000s.[10] The Trump Administration drastically changed the Obama Administration's refugee policies, reducing refugee admission levels and ending the previous administration's focus on Muslim refugees.[11] The Trump Administration made several actions to help stop illegal child border crossers.[12]

As a sign of President Trump immigration successes, the mainstream media and the establishment opposed Trump's immigration policies,[13] and the media, particularly outlets connected to left-wing donor George Soros, showed panic in its reporting due to the Trump Administration's enforcement of immigration law.[14]

The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to legal immigration:

Trump signing his Jan. 27, 2017 order regarding refugees and travel from high-risk countries.
Countries affected by Trump's Jan. 27, 2017 travel ban.
  • January 27, 2017—Trump signed an executive order indefinitely banning the admission of Syrian refugees, suspending the overall refugee program for 120 days, suspending entry and the issuing of visas from seven failed Middle Eastern countries[15] for at least 90 days, and reducing the number of refugees allowed into the nation during the fiscal year from 110,000 to 50,000.[16][17][18] Additionally, Trump made clear that he would help Christian refugees, a reversal from the Obama Administration.[19] Despite criticism from leftists and non-conservatives, 49 percent of the American public supported the decision compared to 41 percent opposed, according to the "mainstream" Reuters,[20] and 57% percent of likely American voters supported the ban according to Rasmussen.[21] Additionally, while the leftist establishment European leaders opposed the ban, a strong majority – 55% average – of Europeans supported the ban, according to a poll in 10 European Union nations.[22][23]
  • March 6, 2017—President Trump signed a second executive order regarding the temporary suspension of refugees and others from certain high-risk countries after the first one was blocked by the courts. The second order made some clarifications and minor improvements over the first, such as exempting green card holders from the ban and excluding Iraq from it as it had developed an acceptable vetting process.[24][25] (after being blocked in federal courts,[26] the Supreme Court on June 26, 2017, partially reinstated the ban and allowed key portions of it to continue pending a hearing on the ban's constitutionality in October[27])
  • In late March/early April 2017, the Trump Administration cracked down on H-1B visas in a series of actions, making it much more difficult for entry-level programmers to enter the U.S., combating corruption in the program, and making sure that Americans were not discriminated against.[28] On April 18, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order restricting the H-1B visa to give the hiring preference to American workers and enacting stronger enforcement of laws requiring the use of American-made materials in federal projects.[29] Experts on the H-1B visa supported his order.[30]
  • July 10, 2017—The Trump Administration delayed for eight months, reasoning that immigration officials already had much important work to do, an Obama Administration rule that would have made it easier for foreign nationals to enter the country to start a business.[31]
  • July 2017—The Trump Administration changed the focus of Citizenship and Immigration Services from "integration," as it was under the Obama Administration, to "assimilation." This could be seen in the renaming of a grant program started under the Obama Administration from the "Citizenship and Integration Grant Program" to the "Citizenship and Assimilation Grant Program."[32]
  • August 2017—The DHS ended the Central American Minors (CAM) Parole Program, which gave certain minors from El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras the ability to enter the U.S. even if they were previously unable to enter under refugee status.[33] This move took effect on November 9, 2017.[34]
  • It was reported in August 2017 that the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services was denying requests from employers to import cheap foreign labor into the U.S. for high-skilled jobs if the employers could not explain why it wanted to pay a lower wage for "high-skill" job.[35] It was reported in September 2017 that USCIS issued 85,000 challenges to H-1B visa applications through August 31, a 45% increase from the previous year and more than any year during the Obama Administration.[36]
  • September 24, 2017—The Trump Administration established a new travel ban that affected 8 countries – Chad, Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen, and certain individuals from Venezuela. According to the U.S. government, these countries fell under the travel ban due to not sharing information about terrorism and the people applying to the U.S.[37]
  • September 29, 2017—President Trump signed an order to allow up to only 45,000 refugees into the country in 2018, the lowest cap since the Refugee Act was passed in 1980 and a 59% decrease compared to the cap that President Obama had proposed for 2017.[38]
  • October 23, 2017—The USCIS issued a memo making H-1B visa renewals tougher, with the USCIS vetting foreign workers with the visa as if they were first-time applicants rather than the previous policy which was more lenient.[39]
  • October 24, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order reinstating refugee admissions into the U.S. but with tough vetting rules and with even tougher vetting for refugees from 11 countries.[40]

The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to vetting:

  • Late May 2017—The State Department introduced new and much stricter rules for vetting all people seeking a visa to enter the U.S., with the introduction of social media vetting being among the changes.[41] The Trump Administration moved to make these measures permanent on August 3, 2017.[42]
  • June 21, 2017—President Trump signed an executive order, rescinding a guideline signed by former President Obama to speed up vetting times for people seeking visas, in order to improve vetting standards.[43]
  • August 2017—The Trump Administration continued strengthening the vetting of immigrants, such as requiring some to prove their ability to return to their home countries if necessary, in order to crack down on visa overstays,[44] and requiring some of those seeking green cards to conduct an in-person interview.[45]

The Trump Administration took numerous actions related to illegal immigration enforcement:

President Trump visiting CBP officers in Yuma, Arizona, on August 22, 2017.
  • January 25, 2017—Trump signed two executive orders. The first one included ordering the "immediate construction of a physical wall on the southern border," the hiring of 5,000 additional border control agents, and ending "catch-and-release" policies for illegal immigrants. The second order called for hiring an additional 10,000 federal immigration officers, re-establishing the Secure Communities Program and other local partnerships, making the deportation of criminal illegal immigrants a priority, directing the State Department to use leverage to ensure countries-of-origin take back illegal immigrants, and stripping federal grant money from sanctuary cities and states.[46]
  • On March 31, 2017, after talking tough against "sanctuary cities" and illegal immigration, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced a plan to speed up the deportation of imprisoned illegals.[47] On April 11, 2017, Sessions issued a memorandum to U.S. attorneys, instructing them to enforce much stricter guidelines against immigration crimes,[48] and he announced the Justice Department would hire 125 immigration judges in the next two years.[49] As a result of Session's decision, the DOJ resumed the criminal prosecution of first-time illegal border crossers, something which the Obama Administration stopped.[50] In the Tucson border sector, 565 first-time illegal immigrants were prosecuted for entering in June 2017 alone.[51]
  • April 26, 2017—The Department of Homeland Security established the Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement Office (VOICE), created to help support victims of illegal immigrant crime, and it established the DHS-Victim Information and Notification Exchange, which was created to help those victims track the custody status of those criminal illegal immigrants.[52]
  • It was reported that the Trump Administration, due to the president's previous executive orders, had ended Obama's "home free magnet" policy, where illegal immigrants who did not commit a serious crime (other than crossing the border illegally) did not need to fear deportation because ICE needed to gain permission from the Field Office Director before deporting them; and the Trump Administration expanded the use of expedited removal proceedings, which is the deportation of illegals without a hearing unless they request one.[53] Also, the DHS stopped asking for prosecutorial discretion and deferring deportations for illegals.[54] Thus, illegal immigrants "without violent criminal histories" could be arrested and deported.[55]
  • May 5, 2017—ICE established a policy that would give illegal immigrants stays of removal only if the chairs the House and Senate Judiciary Committees or the relevant subcommittees requested them, as opposed to the earlier policy of issuing stays of removal whenever a private bill to legalize illegals was introduced in Congress.[56][57][58] This would allow ICE to deport illegals without having members of Congress obstruct deportations.[57]
  • Early in Trump's presidency, it was clear the U.S. government was cracking down on criminal illegal immigrants and gangs.[59] For example, between March 26 and May 6, 2017, ICE conducted a crackdown on gangs, including MS-13 and other illegal immigrant gangs, that arrested nearly 1,400 people – the largest such operation conducted up to that point.[60] In an operation in late September 2017, ICE arrested nearly 500 illegals in "sanctuary" cities.[61] The Trump Administration also cooperated with Central American countries in order to combat MS-13 recruitment in the region.[62]
  • May 2017—In order to avoid misreporting and distortions by the media, ICE established a Spanish media presence.[63][64]
  • By May 2017, the Trump Administration was able to reduce the number of countries "that habitually refuse to take back immigrants whom the U.S. is trying to deport" from 20 to 12.[65] In September 2017, the Trump Administration enacted visa sanctions on four countries that continued to refuse to accept deportees.[66]
  • President Trump worked to eliminate Obama's legacy of giving privileges to illegal immigrants in detention centers.[67] At the same time, the Trump Administration expanded immigration enforcement efforts, such as through building additional detention centers.[68] (The inspector general reported on June 7, 2017, but based on July 2016 inspections, that the facilities used by the DHS to detain illegal families were overall in good shape and met federal standards[69])
  • It was reported in June 2017 that the Trump Administration began repatriating illegal immigrants given "administrative closure" by the Obama Administration, a form of "quasi-amnesty."[70] Due to this change in policy, as it was reported a month later in July 2017, the number of deportation cases in Los Angeles alone rose 60%.[71] The Trump Administration re-opened numerous deportation cases.[72]
  • June 2017—The Department of Homeland Security ended a program where 21 officials cooperated with anti-deportation and pro-amnesty organizations, and reassigned those officials to the new VOICE office which helps victims of illegal immigrant crimes.[73]
  • June 15, 2017—The DHS canceled the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program created by the Obama Administration in November 2014 that would have given amnesty to about 4 million illegal immigrants but was blocked by federal courts before its full implementation.[74]
  • June 23, 2017—The DOJ threw its support behind Texas's sanctuary city ban that was challenged in court.[75]
  • June 30, 2017—It was reported that the Trump Administration, under a memo signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, began cracking down on illegal immigrant parents who paid to have their children smuggled into the United States.[76]
  • Despite encountering opposition in "sanctuary" cities, ICE agents continued enforcing U.S. immigration law in those cities.[77]
  • The number of 287(g) agreements between ICE and various counties in the U.S., which increase cooperation between the counties and ICE, nearly doubled by late-July 2017 compared to the previous year, and the program increased at a much faster rate than it did during the Obama Administration.[78] In one instance in late-July 2017, ICE announced it had signed 18 such agreements with the same number of counties in Texas.[78]
  • It was reported in July 2017 that, in a break with the Obama Administration, that the Justice Department was again using the more accurate legal term "illegal alien" to describe such people, rather than the politically correct terms used by the previous administration.[79]
  • September 7, 2017—The DOJ announced that cities that did not have "sanctuary" status would have priority in receiving money for the COPS grant program.[80]
  • October 4, 2017—The DOJ announced that due to sending additional immigration judges to southern border districts, 2,700 additional cases had been completed compared to if the judges were not deployed, according to data by the Executive Office of Immigration Review.[81]
  • The Trump Administration oversaw a large increase in illegal immigrant arrests and deportations compared to the Obama Administration, showing its commitment to keeping its campaign promises:[9]
    • Despite the large drop in illegal immigrant apprehensions, and likely because of it,[82] the amount of illegal guns and drugs seized by Customs and Border Protection saw large increases in the beginning of Trump's presidency.[82][83] In addition, the number of immigration arrests increased, with a 38% increase in Trump's first 100 days.[84][85] The DHS had arrested 66,000 illegal immigrants by late June 2017,[86] and it was reported in early July that arrests had doubled from the Obama Administration.[87] In one widely reported incident on June 15, U.S. Border Patrol agents had to obtain a warrant[88] and raided an Arizona desert camp to arrest four illegal immigrants,[89] and in another instance in July 2017, ICE arrested 650 illegals in four days who had already been required to leave the country.[90]
    • It was reported in early August 2017 that due to reforms and additional hirings of immigration judges, the number of deportation orders increased by nearly 28% compared to the same period of time in 2016, and when including "voluntary departure" orders, the number rose over 30%.[91] The deportation of Europeans increased compared to previous years, indicating the Trump Administration's deportation policy was evenhanded.[92]
    • It was reported in August 2017 that of the 42,000 illegal immigrants in federal prisons, nearly all of them either had deportation orders or were being investigated for possible deportation.[93]
    • It was reported in August 2017 that so far in 2017 the Trump Administration had deported 30% more illegal immigrants enrolled in the DACA program due to crimes and gang violence.[94]
    • It was reported in November 2017 that the Trump Administration was making more of an effort than the Obama Administration to reach quick deportation decisions in immigration courts.[95]

The Trump Administration took several actions related to border security:

  • May 9, 2017—The Department of Homeland Security reported that it had implemented tougher vetting policies at U.S. border crossings.[96]
  • July 17, 2017—The Trump Administration, in a break with the Obama Administration's refusal to do likewise, gave $2.3 million to the state of Texas so its military patrol could continue patrolling the border with Mexico.[97]
  • October 2017—The Trump Administration completed construction of eight prototypes of the proposed border wall to be used for testing to see which design is most appropriate for the border with Mexico.[98]
  • The Trump Administration expanded the searching of electronic devices of people entering the country by almost four times.[99]

Appointments

DHS Secretary Kelly and Attorney General Sessions in El Paso, Texas, on April 20, 2017.
Attorney General Sessions meeting with U.S. Border Patrol Agents, April 11, 2017.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions[100][101] and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly (with the full support of President Trump[102]) adopted a strong position against illegal immigration.[101][103]
  • January 30, 2017—President Trump appointed Thomas Homan, someone with a reputation for enforcing immigration laws, as acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement.[104] As the head of ICE, Homan took a strong stance on illegal immigration enforcement,[105] even though some conservatives criticized him for his role in the Obama Administration and its lax illegal immigration policies.[106] On January 31, President Trump appointed Ronald Vitiello, who was endorsed by the National Border Patrol Council which also endorsed Trump in the 2016 election, to lead U.S. Border Patrol.[107] On April 25, 2017, Vitiello was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.[108]
  • April 14, 2017—President Trump appointed two conservatives on immigration issues to senior positions in the Department of Homeland Security.[109]

Other achievements

While the following achievements were not official United States government policy actions by the Trump Administration, they were closely related to the Trump Administration and its policies:

Drop in illegal immigration, 2017

Illegal immigration declined dramatically after Trump took office,[110][111] and the decline hel[ed illustrate the administration's achievements on illegal immigration policy.[9] According to data released early in Trump's presidency, illegal border crossings decreased by 40% in the first month of Trump's presidency – a remarkable achievement, considering that illegal immigration usually increases by 10 to 20% in January and February.[112][113] In March, illegal immigration had fallen by over 60%.[114] By Trump's 100th day in office, levels were reported to have fallen by 73%.[115][116] The declining trend of border apprehensions (an indicator of the level of illegal immigration) continued through May.[117] It was reported in April that illegal immigration levels had fallen to the lowest point in 17 years.[116][118]

It was reported in May that the number of child illegal immigrants entering the nation monthly had fallen below 1,000, the first time in several years, and that total illegal immigration levels had fallen by 76%.[119] In six months, the illegal immigration of Haitians, specifically, into the U.S. declined by 97%.[120] Although not solely due to President Trump, illegal immigration from Cuba dropped dramatically in the beginning of Trump's presidency.[121] Illegal immigration dropped so much that U.S. Customs and Border Protection was able to close one of their temporary holding facilities.[122] As another illustration, a non-profit shelter organization for illegal immigrants, Southwest Key Programs, was forced to lay off nearly 1,000 of its employees due to the drop.[123] The drop in illegal immigration was probably due to the Trump effect[110][124][125] and tougher illegal immigration and deportation policies by the Homeland Security Department.[126][127]

Illegal immigration levels rose in June 2017, but they were still much lower than the previous year and at a six-year low.[128] Even after a 13% increase in July, numbers were still lower than during the Obama Administration.[129]

Drop in refugee admissions, 2017

Regarding refugees, it was reported in May 2017 that the number of refugees entering the U.S. had sharply fallen from the peak during the Obama Administration.[130] According to DHS numbers released in June 2017, the number of refugees admitted in the first three months of Trump's presidency was half of that of the last three months of Obama's presidency (even though refugee admissions increased at the end of Obama's presidency).[131]

Although the number of refugees admitted in May increased, the proportion of Muslim refugees declined from 34 to 28 percent compared to April.[132] In the first six months of Trump's presidency, more Christian refugees entered the country than Muslim ones, a departure from the Obama Administration, where more Muslim refugees entered.[133] In October 2017, the proportion of Muslim refugees declined to 23%.[134]

Due to President Trump's travel ban, which the Supreme Court ordered partially reinstated in June 2017, refugee admissions to the U.S. declined dramatically,[135] even after a federal judge ordered the criteria to enter under the partial ban to be expanded.[136] Additionally, on July 19, 2017, the Supreme Court temporarily allowed the Trump Administration to strictly enforce its refugee admissions under the ban until an appeals court ruled on the matter.[137] Refugee arrivals in July were at the lowest rate in ten years,[138] and the rate of arrivals in August 2017 was at its lowest in fifteen years.[139] In October 2017, the first month of Fiscal Year 2018, the U.S. government admitted 1,242 refugees.[134]

Other

  • United States Citizenship and Immigration Services reported in April 2017 that the number of H-1B visa applications fell by 16%, the first time it fell in five years.[140] It was reported in August 2017 that the number of H-1B visa applications decreased for the first time in seven years.[141] In addition, American businesses, under pressure from the Trump Administration, focused more on hiring Americans rather than foreign workers.[142]
  • Businesses and farms that relied upon illegal immigrant labor could feel the effects of President Trump's crackdown on illegal immigration, with wages increasing.[143]
  • It was reported in July 2017 that due to President Trump's strong immigration enforcement policies, numerous illegal immigrants chose to self-deport rather than being prosecuted and deported.[144] In addition, many illegal immigrants and other immigrants fearing deportation fled to Canada.[145] The number of migrants coming into Canada became so large that the Canadian government sent soldiers to take care of the situation.[146]
  • President Trump gave victims of illegal immigrant crimes a voice in his administration,[147] as could be seen in the DHS's establishment of the VOICE office.[52]
  • The president of the National Border Patrol Council, which made its very first independent presidential endorsement for Trump in the 2016 election,[148] stated in a July 2017 interview that border patrol agents did not have a higher morale in his 20 years of service due to President Trump's policies,[149] and in a separate interview held on the same day he spoke highly of Trump's role in dropping illegal immigration levels in early 2017.[150]
  • President Trump strongly advocated for conservative immigration reform and reductions,[151] as seen in his August 2017 endorsement of a Senate bill to reduce legal immigration and change the U.S. immigration system to a merit-based system.[152] While only a proposal, it was described as the first serious attempt in many decades to reduce immigration.[153]

Failures

  • February 2017—Despite enacting a crackdown on illegal immigration,[154] the Trump Administration took a softer stance of illegal immigration than many conservatives had hoped and as the Left had expected.[155] Although giving de facto amnesty to less illegal immigrants than Obama did in his last three months in office, the Trump Administration put nearly 55,000 additional illegal immigrants under the Temporary Protected Status program.[156]
  • It was reported in late-May and early-June 2017 that despite government and media statements to the contrary,[154][157] the Trump Administration had not made any real change from the Obama Administration's "catch-and-release" policies when apprehending illegal immigrants.[158] Catch-and-release was reinstated in Texas in November 2017 due to Border Control not having enough beds for the illegals.[159]
  • Due to confirmation delays in the Senate, many leaders of the agencies in charge of border security still had "acting" status well into Trump's presidency, something which prevented agencies from implementing stronger immigration enforcement policies.[160]
  • President Trump was criticized by border patrol agents who had supported him for nominating Kevin McAleenan, an Obama holdover who reportedly played a key role in Obama's lax illegal immigration policy, as the head of Customs and Border Protection.[161] Thomas Homan, the director of ICE, was also criticized for his role in the Obama Administration,[106] such as by helping author Obama's immigration executive orders and policies and by speaking highly of Obama Administration officials.[162] Additionally, it was reported in April 2017 that Obama Administration holdovers in the CBP were engaging in undermining President Trump's agenda of securing the southern border.[163] Obama holdovers in ICE also continued Obama-era policies on immigration enforcement.[164]
  • It was reported in early-July 2017 that despite cutting the number of K-1 visas in nearly half and slightly lowered the level of chain migration,[165] the State Department wasted a good opportunity to temporarily stop family chain migration by excluding individuals with a K-1 visa from President Trump's travel ban.[166]
  • As of November 2017, the Trump Administration continued many of the Obama Administration's open borders policies regarding H-1B visas.[167]

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