Immigrate and regulate: Immigration laws modified to curb U.S. immigrant overhaul

Kwoineh Haba

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America is a cosmopolitan melting pot- every citizen comes from a diverse background full of rich cultural values. Of course, the people living here today did not have ancestors who hailed from these shores- originally, many of their ancestors migrated from the continents that are recognized today, such as Europe and Africa. Immigration is the lifeblood that contributes to the growth of the United States. 

However, recent laws have been made to curb immigration to the United States from Latin American countries. For example, the Trump administration recently expanded the Migrant Protection Protocol (MPP), which requires migrants to stay in Mexico during their appeals to enter the United States. According to a CNN article, many lawyers and legal observers have experienced difficulty in contacting their clients, as they contact them through teleconference instead of face-to-face like before. 

“In one of the proceedings I saw this week, a woman was tearfully describing the harm she experienced in Mexico and then the video cut out,” said Charanya Krishnaswami, the American advocacy director at Amnesty International USA. 

Another recent restriction on immigration was the reductions on admissions into the United States. In comparison to Former President Obama’s suggestion of limiting the intake of immigrants to 85,000, President Trump’s administration has lowered the admission limit to fewer than 20,000 immigrants out of the 368,000 who have applied as asylum seekers and refugees. The main reason for doing so, according to an article from NBC, is to reduce the amount of illegal substances passing through the U.S.-Mexico border and confirm paternal and maternal relations.

“Indeed, it would be irresponsible for the United States to go abroad seeking large numbers of refugees to resettle when the humanitarian and security crisis along the southern border already imposes an extraordinary burden on the U.S. immigration system,”  said the State Department.

Not to mention, the United States also arranged deals with many Central American countries to take in asylum seekers by increasing security and economic opportunity for these migrants. Those who did not previously claim asylum during their stay in a Central American country will not be allowed to enter the United States but will have such opportunities in countries like El Salvador and Honduras.

“That is one potential use of the agreement that individuals crossing through El Salvador should be able to seek protection there and we want to be able to enforce the integrity of that process throughout the region,” said Homeland Security secretary Kevin McAleenan.

As there are more immigration law reforms in progress, such as a program to expand the collection of migrant DNA recorded at the border, the United States will continue in its pursuit to deal with the overhaul of immigration.