Trump Administration Immigration Policy Priorities
On October 8, 2017, the Trump Administration released a set of “Immigration Policy Priorities,”—a list of demands to be included in legislation that would address the status of young adults benefiting from the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which the Trump Administration announced that it will end on March 5, 2018. Many of the proposals included in the White House’s principles and priorities have previously been introduced, but ultimately rejected, by Congress. Others have been ruled unconstitutional by the federal courts.
If enacted into law or otherwise implemented, these provisions would block access to refugee protection in the United States, penalize asylum seekers, send children and other vulnerable asylum seekers back to danger, and severely damage the integrity of the U.S. immigration and asylum systems, undermining U.S. global leadership and interests.