Immigration Reform by Reversing Obama’s Executive Actions

A November 3 Reuters report identifies a number of actions taken by the Trump administration designed to discourage the flood of unaccompanied minors illegally entering the country. What they have in common is that they are reversals of executive policy actions made by the Obama administration. The most noted change was ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) which, in a probably unconstitutional initiative, gave illegal aliens who entered as youth temporary protection against deportation and work authorization.

Another Trump action ends Obama’s initiative offering refugee status to youth in Central American countries while they are still in their home countries. That policy is contrary to the international standard of considering as refugees only those who have fled their home country.

This policy change by the Trump administration suggests a similar action that should be taken toward Cuba. It was the Clinton administration that established a program of issuing immigrant visas to Cubans who had not left their homeland. It was done by executive action rather than by legislation. It, therefore, is ripe for reversal by Trump – especially in the hostile environment in which U.S. diplomats stationed in Havana are incurring serous medical problems as a result of apparently being bombarded by some electronic waves in their Cuban operated housing.

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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    The media has made the term nationalist a dirty word, conjuring up images of jack booted thugs marching in the streets. The Clintons, the Bushes, and Obama are all open border globalists. But you should not be running for office if your number one priority is not the nation you want to lead. All we hear is Russia Russia Russia but the Obama administration was happy to sell them a large percentage of our uranium reserves, with many millions of dollars of essentially bribe money from Russian companies going directly and indirectly to the Clintons while she was Secretary of State. Quite a coincidence that all those contributions to their
    “foundation” dried up when she lost.

    Obama was saying the other day that the left needs it’s own Breitbart. Uh, Huffington Post? The reason admittedly right wing sites like Breitbart exist is because the mainstream media is totally biased. It was no coincidence that CNN slipped 2 debate questions to Hillary, something I have ever heard any reporter ask her about. I know people who refuse to go to right wing sites because they claim they don’t want to read any “fake news”. The reality is they don’t want to know.

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    I find it very dubious that the Cuban government is behind the sonic attacks. If anything, the Cuban government wants to foster better relations with the US. I’m more likely to believe it was Russian or Chinese agents that did the deed, as it is not in their long term interests for Cuba to become closer to the US.