Following the attempted bombing of a New York City subway platform on December 11, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump once again called for immigration reform.
Misunderstanding the president’s statement may cause unnecessary concern for some foreign nationals who wish to immigrate to the United States. The purpose of this article is to help put those fears to rest.
The Heart of the President’s December 11th Statement
The core of Monday’s statement was that “America must fix its lax immigration system.” The president called on Congress to “act on my Administration’s other proposals to enhance domestic security” to “improve our immigration system.”
A complete copy of the president’s statement is available from the White House Press Office.
The Heart of the President’s Immigration Policy
President Trump ran on a campaign of “Make America Great Again.” His immigration policy was summarized in three points.
- Secure America’s borders.
- Enforce our laws.
- “Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages, and security for all Americans.”
The Heart of the Matter for Foreign Nationals Wanting to Immigrate
Everything that the Administration is asking should be comforting, not alarming, to foreign nationals. The aim is to improve conditions within the country and with the country’s immigration program.
Despite arguments to the contrary, the EB-5 program, for example, was designed to create jobs for Americans and spur American economic growth. The other employment-based visas are intended to bring foreign nationals with specialized skill sets that will be used to promote the U.S. economy.
In FY 2012 and FY 2013, the EB-5 program contributed $5.8 billion to the American economy.
- EB-5 investments represented 35% of the total investment spending in the U.S. during that period.
- EB-5 investments created an estimated 174,000 jobs for qualified U.S. workers during the same period.
Because the EB-5 Immigration Investment Visa program is generating the results the Trump Administration wants, the danger of its elimination is probably highly overrated. The Administration’s other objectives of making the country more secure go to the heart of why many immigrants wish to come to America. It is a safe place to live, to learn, to work, and to invest.
American Corporate Services, Inc. does not endorse political agendas. We do, however, promote lawful and rational immigration and the use of it to enhance both our economy and the benefits of freedom and justice for all who reside in the U.S.
America is a country built on immigration and built by immigrants. The current administration is focusing on growing the U.S. economy. They know that cannot be done by keeping immigrants out, but by attracting the right immigrants so that they, too, can prosper and enjoy the land of the free and the home of the brave.