A year ago, the Trump administration began implementing a series of executive actions designed to increase enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, but the changes have been met with resistance from some Republican lawmakers.
The White House is currently working to finalize a new executive order on immigration.
We’re breaking down the top ten executive actions that will help the president get immigration reform done.1.
Expanding the Visa Waiver ProgramThe Trump administration is expected to announce on Tuesday a new order expanding the definition of “visa waiver” and making it more difficult for people to obtain visas to travel to the US.
The order also includes a requirement that employers and workers obtain visas prior to hiring a new employee.
This order is likely to be controversial, as some Democrats and some Republicans argue it would increase the cost of doing business in the US and could lead to an increase in deportations.2.
Making it easier for illegal immigrants to get work visasThe administration is also expected to propose new rules that would allow people who are already in the country illegally to apply for work visas if they are looking to hire people for an occupation that requires an immigration visa.
The plan would also make it easier to deport illegal immigrants who commit crimes and pose a threat to the safety of US citizens.3.
Requiring employers to disclose their illegal alien workers to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)Immigration officials will be required to provide the DHS with data on the number of illegal aliens who work for companies and their employers, as well as the wages and benefits paid to each of them.
The data would be publicly available and would allow DHS to verify that the pay and benefits are being paid.4.
Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program The Obama administration extended DACA in 2018, which gave undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children a three-year work permit, but also a temporary reprieve from deportation.
Trump has called DACA a “bad deal.”5.
Ending Deferred Actions for Parents of Americans (DAPA)The DACA program has been in effect since 2012, and the administration announced in March that it would end the program.
This decision is likely going to be unpopular with some Republicans, who are opposed to giving more status to illegal immigrants and immigrants who are a threat.6.
Ending DACA and allowing the DREAMers to become citizensThe Trump Administration is expected on Tuesday to announce a new round of immigration reform, and this is likely one of the first major steps in that direction.
Trump and congressional leaders will likely make the announcement on Tuesday, but they are likely to keep the issue on the table for a while longer.
The DACA and DAPA programs were both created under former President Barack Obama, but both were temporarily suspended during the 2016 election cycle by the Trump Administration.