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Further Talk of Tougher Immigration Policy in the United States

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In this video today, we are going to be discussing, well this has kind of been an ongoing trend we’ve been discussing on this channel for a while now, which is the probable increased or heightened scrutiny associated with immigration matters under the Trump Administration.  As of now, as of the time of this video, December  2017, we haven’t actually seen an actual change to the law itself with respect to immigration, but we have seen some changes with respect to various policy protocols and regulatory frameworks under the Trump Administration by use of Executive Order or in some cases by use of sort of an executive negation for example the negation of the Obama Administration’s Executive Order to speed up non-immigration visa applications; Trump basically sort of negated it. You hear about that in another video on this channel on that specific topic.  But more to the point specifically with respect to what’s immediately going on at the time of this video, December 12, 2017, an article from Bloomberg published December 12, 2017 at 03:35 a.m. GMT, the headline reads “Trump says NYC bombing shows need for tougher immigration laws. I am going to quote the President who’s being quoted in this article, “America must fix its lax immigration system which allows far too many dangerous,  inadequately vetted people to access our country”, Trump said in a written statement. “Today’s terror suspect entered our country through extended family chain migration which is incompatible with national security.” Now I’m not going to off into an analysis of what I think with respect to Trump’s position on this issue. I’m not even going to get into a particular analysis, this tragedy that befell New York again subway with respect to this terror suspect but something of interest in there was the notion of chain migration.  Trump has mentioned this before and I think it is something that this administration may like to change. In fact I don’t think there’s a maybe there; I think they really do want to change this. Chain Migration, what they’re talking about, at least presumably and from other remarks, I think that it’s safe to infer this, chain migration is basically, for example let’s ,let’s say for example someone goes to the United States on a K-1 fiance visa to marry an American citizen. They marry their American citizen fiance and they get a green card. As time goes on, let’s say they naturalize to United States citizenship. Well that person is now a US citizen and as a US citizen and even as a lawful permanent resident, some preference categories but I’m not going into details of that, but let’s say just a naturalized US citizen. That naturalized US citizen can now apply for their parents to enter the United States under the current law, they can apply for brothers and sisters, unmarried and married children and again this I think that this is what the Trump Administration is discussing with respect to so called chain migration. They basically don’t want this family chain to be able to immigrate into the United States due to the fact that one individual got in. My personal opinion on that is, I think it’s somewhat short sighted and frankly the problems I think that individuals are trying to overcome with respect to, especially employment-based immigration is not going to be particularly dealt with, with respect to this issue. But that being said, the thing to take away from this video, much like so called extreme vetting that people felt like that I was being much too alarmist about, especially with respect to Consular Processing issues here in South East Asia, extreme vetting proved to be a rather broad based policy or at least the mind-set seemed to be rather more pervasive than just one specific region in the world because the Department of State, you know, it’s a world-wide agency and they don’t think in terms of just one specific region at a time. These kinds of policies have a broader impact than many people first assume. I think this is something to keep in mind as well. I think we are probably in Trump’s Administration, going to see at least a Bill proposed and probably seriously debated and voted upon that will probably get rid of at least certain aspects of family based immigration as we now see it. So things like brothers and sisters, brothers and sisters, that’s one category I think, no matter who comes around to ultimately doing comprehensive immigration reform, be it the left or the right in the United States, I think brother, sister, sibling immigration to US citizens, that category, I think that’s gone, no matter what. That’s personal opinion but I think it’s going to go. But again, I think that we are going to see this stuff narrowed. The proposed legislation Trump had previously been brought up on Capitol Hill and was being discussed, we discussed it at length on this video, it was fairly clear from the provisions of that, the a narrowing or paring down if you will of “derivative” immigration benefits of family, familial relationships,  was just going to happen. That seemed to be one of the fundamental underlying policies of that piece of legislation. So, I think it’s safe to say, hat moving forward, you can probably expect to see a Trump proposal to change the immigration system as it sits and I think it’s fairly safe to say, that we may see some fundamental changes with respect to US family based immigration.