CFGI quoted – “Trump Will Have Means to Limit Legal Immigration”


“President-elect Donald Trump's campaign for the White House was dominated by the debate over illegal immigration, but he also promised voters to reduce legal immigration to ‘within historic norms,’ overhaul the U.S. immigration system and protect U.S. workers from displacement from temporary guest workers.

“The Trump transition team released a video Nov. 21 on YouTube announcing some of his planned executive actions, including directing the U.S. Department of Labor ‘to investigate all abuses of visa programs that undercut the American worker.’ 

“…Early action is likely to come from the administration, but movement could also emanate from Congress next session.

“Any changes to the immigration system that require legislation will depend on whether Trump can work with Republicans and Democrats and whether the parties can reconcile their policy differences. ‘While Trump may benefit from a united Republican Congress on some issues, the Republican majorities in the House and Senate are slim, and that means most legislation will require bipartisan support and a willingness of Congressional leaders to work together to pass any legislation, especially on immigration,’ said Rebecca Peters, director of government affairs at the Council for Global Immigration (CFGI)…

“…Issues of national security or protecting, educating and training American workers could garner bipartisan support and possibly move in pieces, she explained. ‘Other more divisive items may have to ride on must-move legislation or possibly through less-used mechanisms that require a simple majority in the Senate to pass.’

“Peters said CFGI will be tracking the legislation Trump plans to introduce next year, outlined in his first 100-days plan—the End Illegal Immigration Act. While the bill, if introduced, is likely to be focused on border security, it is unknown whether it will include provisions addressing recruitment requirements for employers, a pause on issuing green cards to workers abroad or a mandate that employers hire from the domestic pool of unemployed workers first. 

“…‘We remain hopeful a new administration and Congress will understand the economic benefit of high-skilled immigration especially where employers experience skills gaps,’ Peters said.

“…President-elect Trump could work to modify or revoke regulations stemming from President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration…However, as notice-and-comment rulemaking has completed on these regulations, he likely would need to commence full rulemaking to reverse them—a process that would take some time.”

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