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There is so much more to immigration than a Wall

Artist: Jan Oliver


I chose immigration as it affects all of us in so many ways, our families, workers etc.

America's historical openness to immigration has enriched its culture, expanded economic opportunity, and enhanced its influence in the world. Immigrants complement native-born workers and raise general productivity through innovation and entrepreneurship. However, President Trump’s immigration policies — like travel bans and visa restrictions or refugee limits and asylum changes — have begun to deliver on a longstanding goal: legal immigration has fallen more than 11 percent and a steeper drop is looming.

Our doors have been blocked in multiple ways. People fleeing violence or persecution have found asylum rules tightened and have been forced to wait in squalid camps in other countries. People who have languished in displaced persons camps for years face an almost impossible refugee limit of 18,000 this year, down from the 110,000 from years past.

While Mr. Trump highlights the construction of a border wall to stress his war on illegal immigration, it is through policy changes, not physical barriers, that his administration has been able to seal the United States. Two more measures are taking effect: an expansion of his travel ban and strict wealth tests on green card applicants.

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