Monthly Archives: March 2017

Effects on foreigners

Trump’s travel ban has consequences to America’s workforce

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.

Amnesty
Details Pro Con
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
Border patrols
Details Pro Con
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
Details Pro Con
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
Jobs
Details Pro Con
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
Table sources:
http://immigration.procon.org/view.answers.php?questionID=000770
https://www.cbp.gov/border-security/along-us-borders/overview
http://criminal-law.freeadvice.com/criminal-law/violent_crimes/terrorist-threats.htm
http://immigration.procon.org/view.resource.php?resourceID=000842
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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.

Sources:

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

Immigrants still caught in legal limbo despite travel ban block

Trump’s new travel ban was blocked. How did it happen, and what’s next?

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

 

 

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Trump's budget cuts

Trump’s budget cuts might bleed U.S.

We all knew there would be resistance when President Trump started his stint in the Oval Office. The biggest problem is, who would suffer from all these proposals? Trump’s budget cuts have everyone worried, as they should be My guess is correct the middle and lower class on down are affected. It looks to me and the rest of the nation, that  the United States will bleed internally from all these budget cuts. How right I am on both points.

Replacing Obamacare. With the deadline for a program to replace Obanacare looming, the ‘bones’ some people were discussing still left people uninsured. Planned Parenthood had cuts made to it and the law for all to be covered or face a penalty is removed. The largest funding source is a tax on the most expensive employer-provided health insurance plans. What isn’t included is a guarantee that people with pre-existing conditions are able to obtain coverage. Members of the House, however, introduced a bill last week to preserve the pre-existing condition ban, signaling that it would have to be passed separately.

Of course, thiis bill takes apart some of the ACA major parts such as the widening of Medicaid coverage and incentives to purchase health insurance. With Obamacare’s final passing a few years ago, expanding Medicare coverage wasn’t in the bill at all. Will this progam replacement close down all the urgent care centers that allowed walk-ins that opened in October last year? This blogger feels for those that use this program. More  services keep being slashed then added. As of March 9, if they didn’t close down, the lot of them will take private insurance. It was best to check beforehand.

Of course, with the increase in defense spending, $603 billion, one of the largest since the Reagan administration, which of the federal government programs were to be slashed? President Trump wants to do an across the board cut of that Federal program that is not needed or repetitive. .This is only part of the plan. In order to free up money for defense spending, more than $54 billion has to be cut. The United States planned to also scale back the amounts given to other countries. This is wise to me. As a young adult, military base closures were necessary and way overdue. Thankfully, the local base was converted into a training base for NATO pilots.

According to an article written by The Hufington Post, more than 24 billion people were to lose health care insurance if the bill Paul Ryan co-wrote passes the House and Senate. The bad news is, it already went through two house committees. While this bill would decrease the deficit by $337 billion by 2025, a lot of people won’t have health care coverage. This blogger is bothered by it because some of my friends depend on Obamacare as it is now to survive.

The biggest problem conservatives are faced with is that there is too much government help given to middle and low income households. Remember, the Republican Party wants less government not more. For as long a this writer can remember, the Middle Class has carried the weight of the expenses from the top on down since well before the Reagan Era. Reaganomics used the “trickle down” method, by the time the drip reached the middle and lower classes, the drip dried up. The uninsured had previous conditions if an amendment weren’t passed to allow them coverage under the American Health Care Plan

Under this new AHC system, it would cut the penalties of everyone not having insurance. It would slow down Medicaid expansion by 2020. Also, it would eliminate income based tax credit for private insurance. The biggest overhaul was to the Federal-State Medicaid program. Instead of an undefined amount that the state would cover, every person got a flat allotment, which grew slowly as expenses rose. The bad part of this is that it cut what Medicaid providers were reimbursed for or cut it out entirely.

These credits would be replaced by age-based tax credits that would provide less help to lower-income families and more to people with higher incomes. Medicaid enrollment would shrink by 17 percent, or 14 million people, by 2026 compared to what it would be under current law.

All these cuts to Medicaid and the repeal of Obamacare were to cut taxes by roughly $600 billion over ten years. The cuts to Medicaid were $880 billion. The redo would be 46% of what Obamacare did during the same period.

There is a big wrinkle in this plan, though. Not everyone would be insured. Older Americans would suffer because they either lack coverage. In some cases, the amounts they got charged would be higher after AHC than they are now.

Squeezing HUD According to one article, the $6 billion budget cuts would make housing shortages worse and slow down economic gain in well known markets. Locally, some areas of town are forbidden

to me because of a bad reputation with the law, or excessive crime. In addition, after 15 years at the same complex, the rent is too high to remain.Without a job, getting evicted was disgrace. After being burgled four times in the last four to five months, I don’t feel safe here. These housing shortages made it harder for me to find adequate safe housing.

HUD administers programs that support the provision of affordable housing choice, facilitates growth of jobs and public services and encourages redevelopment in communities where they’re needed most,” Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said.

The forecast for Fannie May and Freddie Mac is $13 billion less for the period between 2017-26 then their estimates in August 2016. McLaughlin wanted to use the $6 billion to boost the market. He hoped it would rebound with these funds by repairing itself. This would be accomplished by building new homes. Right now, construction is at its highest at 62%. It could also be spent delaying the approval of some of the new homes, preventing a glut in the market. His biggest fear about this large budget cuts would burden economic growth.

Sources:

GOP  Draft Health Care Bill Cuts Medicaid, Insurance Subsidies

Trump is seeking $54B increase in defense spending, cuts elsewhere

24 Million People Stand To Lose Insurance Under GOP Obamacare ‘Replacement’

 

I love to write about trending topics and real life experiences. I love to read and write Science Fiction and Fantasy stories dealing with parallel worlds.