With another presidential term due shortly, the elections have once again been set to commence this year. On the third of November, the people of America will place their votes on who will be the next leader of their country. An election year is always a tumultuous period of time in American politics, where current policy and plans could very well be thrown away depending on the results of the Election. However, even as the election circuit has wound itself up this has not stopped the administration from further implementing more changes to the already restrictive Immigration process for prospective individuals.
President Trump’s policies on Immigration have been well-documented in the past, with the President maintaining a strong stance against large numbers of Immigrants entering the country. Recently, the Trump Administration reinstituted the controversial “Public Charge” rule on any future applications. Under this rule, anyone in Immigration clearance that is found to require serious medical care or is unable to provide for themselves then they will be declared a public charge and be seen as inadmissible under the current regulations. This has recently been updated further with the “Final Rule” which also extended this restriction to include anyone using one or more public Benefits (Such as Medicaid) for more then 12 months over a 36 month period.
If Donald Trump is re-elected, these policies will likely continue to be in effect which will make immigration into the United States far more difficult for anyone seeking either employment or permanent residence. The Final Rule especially makes settling into the United States far more difficult without suitable wealth or backing, as even Medicaid will be considered as possible grounds for being labelled a “Public Charge” barring some circumstances.
As previous policies and actions by the President have shown, the restrictions that are in place are only going to increase or become more clandestine. The only ones that are likely to have strong opportunities will be those under the age of 21 who are undertaking further studies in the United States, as the restrictions are lessened for this demographic (Such as those for Medicaid).
The efforts of the Trump Administration have already seen a marked decrease in Legal Immigration due to these efforts. Statistics released by the Department of Homeland Security demonstrate a 7.3% decline in Legal Immigrants arriving in the United States between the years of 2016 and 2018. These numbers paint a picture that is liable to only grow.
Even disregarding the current outbreak, the Trump Administration has maintained a more isolationist approach to international affairs and immigration. This trend is likely to continue if the President is re-elected, further limiting Permanent Residency and other Migration opportunities for the foreseeable future under this administration.
By Joshua Robinson
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