From clashes between Trump and his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, to an ill-timed announcement by the Department of Homeland Security, this has been a big week for immigration news. Much of the news this week confirms the ongoing turmoil in the White House that surrounds Trump and his inconsistent rhetoric.
The Department of Homeland Security announced this week, ironically during White House-sponsored “Made in America” week, that it will issue up to 15,000 visas allowing qualifying US companies to hire temporary, non-agricultural workers. Companies allowed to partake in this outside-hire plan must swear that they would suffer “irreparable harm” without them. The announcement appears to be a complete 180 to Trump’s “Buy American, Hire American” statement on which he campaigned. Evidently, there is huge discrepancy between what he says, and what he does.
Adding to the confusing rhetoric put out by the Trump administration, the Senate and the White House have been in talks concerning a 50% cut of refugees and documented immigrants into the United States. One of his major campaign platforms was his crackdown on immigration (both documented and undocumented). According to economists, this will greatly detriment the US economy because it will cause a definite labour shortage. While this is very much in line with Trump’s campaign rhetoric, it blatantly contradicts the Department of Homeland Security’s announcement that sets forth a plan to bring in temporary foreign workers.
To add to the disorder within and around the White House, Trump spoke out against his attorney general, Jeff Sessions, stating that he would have picked someone else for the job had he known Sessions would recuse himself from investigations into ties with Russia. Sessions, a long-time advocate for immigration crackdown, has a large, loyal support base. A rift between Sessions and Trump would, according to the Centre for Immigration Studies, find more people siding with the former than with the latter. Trump continues to create rifts between his allies and deepen them with those who oppose him, which will do nothing but isolate him in the long-run.
Trump’s actions and policies topped the immigration news this week. His policies appear to demonstrate both a lack of forethought most likely caused by a rash decision and inconsistency that can be attributed to a desire to appease big businesses.