Effects of Stricter Immigration Laws
During his campaign for the presidency, President Trump explained that there was the need to change the immigration laws and make them stricter. After being chosen as the president of the United States, Trump decided to fulfill his promise of making immigration laws stricter through issuing of an executive order. During a speech at Pentagon, Trump stated that, “We want to ensure that we are not admitting into the country the very threats that our soldiers are fighting overseas (Shear and Cooper, 2017). This order banned citizens from seven countries from migrating into the United States. Refugees from these seven countries were also not allowed into the United States. These seven countries are Sudan, Libya, Iraq, Somalia, Yemen, Syria, and Iran (Shear and Cooper, 2017). Despite this executive order being challenged in court, the Supreme Court upheld the order, and it became law in March 2017.
This issue has affected the people in the community and society. My neighbor is a twenty-eight-year-old lady who has a one-year-old son. She is a citizen in the country, and she has been facing difficulties bringing up her son alone. This is because her husband is a Somali citizen who has been trying to migrate to the country with no avail due to the executive order offered by President Trump. As Shear and Cooper (2017) state, “….and temporarily suspending immigration from several predominantly Muslim countries” The immigration laws have been made stricter making it difficult for her husband to access permission to be allowed in the United States since he is from a country that is a Muslim country. My neighbor’s experience is an indication of how these stricter immigration laws are keeping families apart.
The executive order required that refugees from these countries not to be settled in the United States. “Mr. Trump also established a religious test for refugees from Muslim nations,” indicated Shear and Cooper (2017). A friend of mine has his origin from Iraq, and he and his family migrated into the country when he was still a baby. However, only his nuclear family migrated. Some of his relatives, that is, his uncles, aunts, and cousins are still in Iraq. Recently, the place that his extended family lived has been faced by hostility. The mother and father to my friend have tried to get the extended family to the United States as refugees. However, no effort has bore any fruits, and my friend’s relatives remain in a hostile environment where their lives are in danger.
The idea of President Trump to make immigration laws stricter was to reduce the chances of international terrorism in the country. Some people come into the United States as immigrants or refugees only to conduct terrorist activities. Despite the positive intention of the executive order, it has had negative consequences which the government should work at addressing them.
Shear, M. D., & Cooper, H. (2017). Trump bars refugees and citizens of 7 Muslim countries. The New York Times, 27.