Trump’s travel ban affected more than immigration to the U.S.. It puts existing foreign workers with proper documentation in the United States on edge pending a decision on both executive orders. It made a shortage of skilled American workers when foreigners were denied entry into the U.S. and made IT and other customer services harder to render because of the suspension of the HB-1 Visa cap. Hardest hit is India.
One Iranian student had a single entry visa, with the travel ban in place and his future uncertain, he is worried because his visa expires next year. He hasn’t seen his father in seven years. His mother visited in 2014 after waiting almost 10 months for background checks. This was way before the travel ban and block were put in place.
Somehow, this hasn’t phased President Trump. It seems to me and the man in the above article, that our current commander in chief cared nothing for consequences. The first mandate, as it turns out, is unconstitutional. The second mandate banned everyone except Iraqis. This could also be a violation of the historic document, even though the wording is meant to avoid any legal tangles. Unfortunately, this did not occur. The travel ban is temporary as a decision emerges from the smoke.
The :”smoke”, in this case is the long wide avenue of appeals, which the current administration would definitely pursue. At least two states, Hawaii and Maryland, sued over the current travel ban laws already. The justice department is more concerned with the timing of their next move. Play the ‘Trump’ card too soon and their plans for both cases are revealed to the opposing side, play it last minute and it could end up costing them the cases in both states. This answered the when and where which is unknown at this time.
To accomplsh what method to use or how to challenge the issues in both states, it might tackle the one that was comprehensive or most inclusive., which is Hawaii. Remember, they were the first to sue over the travel ban. It blocks two entire sections of the executive order that relate to refugee resettlement and visa issuances from six Muslim-majority countries, rather than just one clause of the order, as the Maryland judgment does. At its worst, these two cases could wind up in the same court that handed down the ban. If push came to shove, Trump might take the case all the way to the Supreme Court, where confirmation of Neil Gorsuch, for the last Supreme Court spot.
Trumps Travel Ban: What this means for applicants wanting visas to the U.S. The March 6 mandate temporarily barred people from six Muslim majority countries and all people wanting asylum are banned from entering the U.S. Also, it allows racial profiling, which is illegal in America. The March 17 mandate leaves the decision with the consulate in the applicant’s country, whether or not to issue a visa, usually on a case by case basis, depending on diplomatic mission or government post. The sad fact about this is, two Russian brothers were responsible for the Boston Marathon bombing and they were naturalized American citizens. At that time, the older brother visited Yemen for six months before the terrorist attack took place. No one thought to connect that visit with such a horrible crime. The shooting in San Bernadino was by a married foreign couple with visas.
The most significant are two lawsuits filed in the state of Washington against the second ban. These are both presided over by district judge James Robart in Seattle, who issued the temporary restraining order against Trump’s first ban. In one case, a coalition of Democratic states have asked Robart to issue a temporary restraining order against Trump’s the new order, citing similar arguments in the Hawaii case. In the other, which was heard before Robart yesterday afternoon, a refugee advocacy group also made similar arguments.
If Robart rules in favor of either of these two cases, it will deal yet another blow to the administration.
The biggest problem with the cut to HB-1 Visa program is a worker shortage in the U.S. The truth is that there were not enough American skilled workers to take over if slashes are made to this system. Trump has said he wants to dismantle it to bring jobs back to America. While this might look good, in theory, it is devastating to the work force, especially to online customer service and other tech support. For one thing, wages certainly wouldn’t improve in this area.
Tightening the cap on H-1B visas would result in more entrepreneurs setting up shop outside of America. For proof, the US should look at H-1B reject and Snapdeal founder Kunal Bahl, whose company now locks horns with Amazon in India.
And that matters because the benefits of innovation aren’t limited to just software services.
“IT is the major driver behind the emergence of many new industries, such as fintech, edu-tech, health-tech etc,” Ashok Soota, the executive chairman at Bengaluru-based Happiest Minds Technologies, told Quartz in an e-mail.
As of March 3, here is what Trump outlined for the HB-1 Visa Program:
US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said it will temporarily suspend premium processing for H-1B visas from April 03. The H-1B visa allows foreign professionals to work in the US for up to six years and India’s outsourcing firms are among its top beneficiaries, often using the fast-track processing option to fill up positions for new projects on short notice.
Under the premium processing route, applications for the visa are processed within 15 days following the payment of an additional fee of $1,225; the standard procedure, on the other hand, can take three to six months.
“This temporary suspension will help us to reduce overall H-1B processing times. By temporarily suspending premium processing, we will be able to process long-pending petitions, which we have currently been unable to process due to the high volume of incoming petitions and the significant surge in premium processing requests over the past few years,” USCIS said.
In a notice on its website, USCIS noted that the suspension could last up to six months but said it may consider some specific H-1B applications for an expedition in cases of severe financial loss to a company or person, an emergency situation, or for humanitarian reasons, among others.
India’s IT outsourcing industry, which gets over 60% of its revenue from the US, has been fearing a rise in protectionism in its largest market ever since Trump got elected. The temporary suspension is in line with the US president’s anti-immigration stance and could hint at a tighter H-1B visa policy in the future, according to recruitment experts.
“The US government is clearly telling companies to not depend on the H-1B visa going forward,” said Kris Lakshmikanth, chairman of Headhunters India, a boutique executive search firm that works with several Indian IT companies.
And that poses a problem, notably for India’s tier-1 IT service companies, such as Infosys and Wipro.
“Tier-I Indian IT services firms largely use the premium processing category for H-1B visa for their employees, since they can easily afford the additional $1,225 fee. But, there will be uncertainty, as they will have to wait even for ongoing projects,” Pareekh Jain, senior vice-president at research firm HfS Research, told the Business Standard newspaper.
Here are some of the pros and cons of immigration into the United States.
How immigration impacts the United States
While America has historically benefited from allowing immigration, there are potential downsides for the country as well. The pros and cons of key issues in the immigration debate are listed in the table below.
|Forgives individuals of illegally living in a country by providing them legal status
||Provides opportunities for immigrants to make a life for themselves otherwise unattainable in their home countries
||Rewards and encourages illegal behavior for those currently living in a country illegally, as well as in the future
|A resource used to protect the borders of a country by securing them against individual attempting unlawful entry
||Protects a country against possible terrorist threats, illegal immigrants, and harmful materials from being imported into a country
||Costly and often results in violent situations
|Mexican border fence
|Plan to build a fence on the southern part of the United States to secure the border between America and Mexico
||May help secure the southern border against illegal immigrants and terrorists
||Inhibits harmony between countries, is costly, and will create issues with travel to and from Mexico
|Employment and financial opportunities
||Immigrants fill jobs that Americans often do not want or cannot fill
||Immigrants take jobs from the working poor of America
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Trump and the Mexican immigration policy
Since immigration is so heavily seated in politics, it is important that we understand what today’s political figures are saying about the issue. This is especially true of our new President, Donald Trump. Trump’s rhetoric on the campaign trail in regards to immigration is divisive, and is viewed with skepticism by many Americans. Along with a very specific set of visions, he claims he has adopted a plan in which he promises to put America first.
Trump’s plans include:
- The intent to begin construction on a wall at the Mexican border which he insists they will pay for.
- Stop allowing certain American cities to act as a haven for illegal immigrants.
- Make sure that deported illegals go back to their countries starting with making sure that the countries responsible for them take action as well.
- Strengthen the screening process when issuing visas.
- Do away with previous amnesty policies formed under President Obama’s terms in office.
Racism versus realism – Trump’s views on Mexicans
It is really no secret that the newest president feels strongly about illegal immigration. He has been quoted, rather controversially, stating,:
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you [sic]. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us [sic]. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” (Newsday.com)
As a blogger and a friend of most foreigners, Trump had a difficult road trying to build that wall. When foreigners come to this country, they bring their knowledge and skills too. Denying them entry devastated the U.S. economy.
Ultius, Inc. “Donald Trump’s Controversial Immigration Policy Proposals – Will They Work?.” Ultius | Custom Writing and Editing Services. Ultius Blog, 15 Feb. 2017. http://www.ultius.com/ultius-blog/entry/donald-trumps-controversial-immigration-policy-proposals-will-they-work.html
Headlines that say H-1B visas drive down US tech wages don’t tell the full story
Slowly and surely, the Trump government has begun dismantling the H-1B visa