Immigration Enforcement under Trump

trumpOne of the greatest changes likely to take place with the incoming Trump administration is that defenders of illegal aliens will no longer have a sympathetic audience among the policymakers. During the Obama administration, pro-amnesty groups not only had one of their own in a key position in the White House – Cecilia Munoz – but also fellow travelers in policymaking positions in the Departments of Homeland Security, State, and Justice.

The influence of the amnesty advocates was magnified by the mainstream media (MSM) and motivated the administration to move into uncharted – and unconstitutional – waters to further their objectives.

Under the Trump administration it may be expected that the advocacy of the pro-amnesty groups will no longer enjoy favored access to the seat of power, and the amplification of their demands by the MSM will not unduly influence the policies of the new administration.

The constant drone of emotional appeals to abandon deportation of illegal aliens, to grant amnesty, and to open our borders wider to immigrants will surely persist, but hope exists that policies that focus on the national interest will prevail.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    My wife and I both registered as republicans this year, after 20 years voting democrat, BECAUSE the illegal aliens are out of control. We believe Donald Trump is the only hope we have to restore decency, honor, and integrity back to our beloved United States of America.

    God help us, and God save Trump.

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    Minimal requirements are mandatory E-Verify enforced & Birthright Citizenship so at least one parent is a U.S. citizen for a child born here is deemed a ctizen. With those two laws you will greatkly reduce illegal aliens coming and visa overstays when they can’t find jobs…….

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    John C Buckley Sr on

    One of the most important of Trumps
    mandates is the repair of our immigration
    system. Unfortunately, we have to back up
    and correct the mistakes of the previous
    Obama Administration.

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    Any policy short of removing all those in our country illegally will be a major disappointment and a death blow to the idea that America does indeed have borders! At this point I am hopeful but not convinced such a policy will be advanced. I see this administration as our last real shot at stopping (as much as it can be) immigration.

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    Congressman Luis Gutierrez says he won’t attend Trump’s inauguration. Big deal. He has stated numerous times that all he cares about is “the immigrant community”, legal or illegal. Which is what the position of the Democratic party has become. Which is why a lot of people like me have started to vote GOP. Not by choice but by default. Your priority is the citizens of foreign nations? And you expect that will be a winning position for you? At least with Trump the war on Border Patrol and ICE will end.

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    I haven’t checked the news today, but Trump needs to be careful who he appoints to DHS and State, so that someone with a track record of supporting open borders isn’t put into these positions. His choice of Jeff Sessions for attorney general was obviously a great choice.

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      What a shame that immigration has to play a catch up game before moving forward. Obama had a lot of decisions that took our immigration programs into reverse. I have two relatives in the border Patrol, and listening to problems, it is mind boggling. Difficult to see how they can perform with the restrictions.
      Then see a judge that releases them for a hearing date in a week. What a game. They are long gone and don’t show for the hearings/ Another group with free access. Interesting how they know the game and all the angles to get into the U.S.