During the campaign, President-elect Donald J. Trump adopted a hard-line immigration position, promising to build a 2,500 mile wall along the Mexican border and deport millions of undocumented immigrants. Trump also opposes permitting Syrian refugees fleeing violence to enter the United States and supports banning Muslims from entering the U.S., a proposal the Trump campaign later characterized as “extreme vetting.”
Although the transition team has yet to unveil its immigration plan entirely, Trump has vowed to undo executive orders issued by the Obama administration, including the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) that came into effect in 2012, which can seriously impact not only the beneficiaries but also their employers. DACA does not grant the beneficiaries legal status in the U.S. but permits eligible applicants to obtain employment authorization. It is unclear what vacating DACA would mean for those who have already been granted employment authorization under this program.
Many of President-elect Trump’s campaign promises, however, may not be easy to achieve, and other aspects of his immigration policy actually may hurt employers. Building “the wall,” imposing mandatory E-Verify, and requiring higher wages for H-1B workers will all require congressional approval, something Senate Majority Leader McConnell and House Speaker Ryan both oppose.
MSEC will keep members updated as more information is released in the coming weeks and months.