President-elect Trump’s immigration policies will prioritize jobs, wages, and security for Americans, including increased efforts both to control the border and remove undocumented immigrants. There will be a renewed emphasis on having open jobs offered to Americans first, and rigorous enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws.
The House will likely take the lead on immigration legislation given the Senate Judiciary Committee’s heavy confirmation responsibilities. We expect each of these issues requiring Congressional action will be taken up very quickly by the House in addition to issues addressing refugees and unaccompanied children. We expect a Democratic filibuster in the Senate, which may prolong action on some of the President-elect’s most desired pieces of legislation.
While we have supported some of these legislative initiatives in the House regarding immigration, we must work to educate and inform the new Congress and Trump Administration about the benefits of immigration to our workforce.