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What Impact will a Trump White House have on U.S. Immigration?

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dear Clients:

After one of the most controversial presidential campaigns in modern history, Donald J. Trump has won the election and will become the 45th president of the United States.

Throughout the campaign, immigration reform remained a contentious topic for many, and is expected to be a key issue at the forefront of President-elect Trump’s agenda. As the President-elect’s transition team builds a new Cabinet and executes a plan to be carried out by the new Administration, it remains to be seen which of Trump’s proposed changes to immigration law will actually be enacted by Congress, or, signed into law by Executive Order (e.g. a U.S.-Mexican wall, “extreme vetting” of immigrants from certain parts of the world, deportation of unlawfully present immigrants, cancellation of DACA, cancellation of all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities, etc.).

While we can anticipate an overall increase in government scrutiny and an emphasis on law enforcement across all agencies within the Department of Homeland Security, until specific rule-making proposals are released, we cannot speculate what, if any, real-world impact a Trump White House will have on our current immigration system.

What we do know is that the U.S. immigration system stands as it did yesterday, with no immediate or imminent changes to report at this time.

In the days ahead, we will be closely following the new Administration’s immigration policy and legislation proposals, and will issue updates as developments occur. In the meantime, if you have any questions about your immigration matters, or wish to subscribe to receive our alerts, please contact us at:


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