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After Trump became the president of the United States, there have been many issues concerning immigration in the country. Trump has been trying to make immigration laws strict with the intention of reducing immigrants into the United States. Through an executive order issued by Trump, citizens from Yemen, Sudan, Iran, Libya, Syria, Iraq, and Somalia are not allowed into the country, and the decision to prevent immigrants from these countries into the United States was upheld by the Supreme Court and became effected from March 2017 (Shear and Cooper, 2017). This means that migrating from these countries to the United States would be an offense.
This move to criminalize the migration of people from these countries to the United States was on the basis of reducing the risk of terrorism in the country. Trump argued that refugee settlement in the United States from terrorist prone areas increased the risk of terrorism in the United States (Shear and Cooper, 2017). He said that terrorists come into the country acting like refugees and after arriving in the country they execute their plans which lead to the destruction of people’s lives and property. He, therefore, outlined that his executive order was a way of protecting the American citizens and their property.
This change in immigration laws has had benefits and challenges. Stricter immigration laws in the United States means that people will be vetted well before they are allowed in the country, and this helps in maintaining security mostly against terrorism. Prevention of immigrants from terrorism-prone areas also reduces the chances of terrorists entering the United States (Shear and Cooper, 2017). However, the executive order prevents immigrants who could have legally been allowed in the U.S. In some cases it leads to the separation of families which is wrong.
Shear, M. D., & Cooper, H. (2017). Trump bars refugees and citizens of 7 Muslim countries. The New York Times, 27.