Washington: President Donald Trump’s immigration policies will only continue to get more “aggressive” if the president is reelected to a second term, advisor Stephen Miller told NBC News last week, escalating restrictions around asylum seekers, sanctuary cities, visa applications and more with the goal of “raising and enhancing the standard for entry” into the country.
Miller, who said he would stay on at the White House in a second term, could not say whether the government would lift its current freeze on new green cards and visas when it expires at the end of the year, claiming it would be “entirely contingent” on the results of a “government analysis” on the policy and current state of the country, reports Forbes.
The administration wants to expand policies that require asylum seekers in the U.S. to first seek protection from other countries—currently Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras—“to include the rest of the world.”
The Trump administration will be “really cracking down aggressively” on sanctuary cities in a second term, Miller said, including by more heavily punishing cities that stop law enforcement from turning undocumented immigrants over to ICE and attempting to “outlaw the practice” entirely.
Expanding the travel ban and process for screening visa applicants will be a “major priority,” Miller said, including taking an applicant’s “ideological sympathies or leanings” into account during the interview process.
The Trump administration will “curtail” H1-B work visas and get rid of a lottery used for the work visas—which the Department of Homeland Security has already announced it will do—and instead prioritize visas for “those being offered the highest wages.”
While Miller said the administration is “100 percent committed to a policy of family unity” rather than immigrant family separations, it is attempting to get rid of limits on how long children can be detained in immigration facilities so that families can be held together in facilities “indefinitely” while waiting for their case to be heard in court.
While some of these changes could be accomplished by the Trump administration unilaterally through executive action, others could only be done through legislation, meaning the Trump administration’s plans could be thwarted if Democrats keep the House and/or flip the Senate. “Congress has delegated a lot of authority,” Miller told NBC. “And that underscores the depth of the choice facing the American people.”Read More