Trump was elected President and the Republicans control both the House and the Senate. Immigrants are wondering, “What does this mean for me?” Before I explain that, let me say this first -there is no reason to push the panic button. America may have lost but you have not. To begin with, Trump cannot change/repeal Congressional Law. Employment and Family based visas derive their authority from the Immigration and Nationality Act and it is extremely unlikely that those will be repealed. The areas that are likely to get impacted are those immigration benefits/relief that were implemented via Executive Action like DACA, the H-4 EAD. A Trump Presidency means three things for Immigration:
- There will be no major immigration reform in favor of undocumented immigrants for at least the next four years. No amnesty. No Dream Act. Trump will veto any major form of relief. It is possible that there will be major immigration reform that makes the law stricter – an “enforcement only” law. This would NOT happen quickly. It takes time for Congress to make a law for the President to sign. If they are motivated, it could happen within the first year, but is very unlikely within the first few months. With Republican control over the House and Senate, Comprehensive Immigration Reform may actually happen, but it’s too early to know how that will look like.
- Business Immigration is not likely to be adversely impacted. Trump is pro-business. His own business empire vastly benefits from guest workers.
- The way cases are processed and decided will NOT change overnight. The President cannot fire all the current government employees and replace them. There are laws preventing him from doing that. So most of the people working on the cases tomorrow will be the ones working on the cases yesterday and their sentiments haven’t changed. They will continue with business as usual.
- Border enforcement will get more aggressive.
- If you are a permanent resident and are eligible to apply for citizenship, do not delay.
Regardless of how this goes, at the Law Office of Sweta Khandelwal, we are here to stay. We will continue to fight for our client’s aggressively and will help you navigate your personal immigration journey. Your need for a good immigration attorney is even stronger now. Contact us to learn more on how we can assist you.