Changing Immigration Landscape with the Incoming Trump Administration
During the first 100 days of the Trump Administration, we are expecting to see several changes in regards to immigration, such as increased enforcement, the repeal of executive actions under the Obama Administration and the reform of certain business immigration programs.
Increased enforcement may include the hiring of additional Customs and Border protection officers, expansion of E-Verify, or a similar compliance program, and increased worksite visits.
The Trump Administration will also have to deal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. It is unsure how the Administration will proceed in regards to the approximate 750,000 beneficiaries currently enrolled in the program that the President-Elect has repeatedly denounced.
Reform of business immigration programs, such as the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), may negatively affect TN status for Canadians and Mexicans, E-3 visas for Australians and H-1B1 visas for citizens of Chile and Singapore. Employers may also experience the tightening of requirements for the H-1B specialty occupation visa.
All in all, many changes are expected on the immigration front with the incoming president and his administration.