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Throughout his campaign, and now as President, Donald Trump has indicated that his immigration reform efforts will focus mainly on illegal immigration, as well as tighter immigration screening. President Trump delivered on those promises in the last week of January 2017 which has caused confusion and uncertainty among foreign nationals and employers. Some of the proposals discussed so far could impact employers, as they include potentially increasing worksite enforcement and raids, changes to the H-1B visa, suspension of visa issuance where adequate screening cannot occur, implementation of biometric entry/exit visa tracking systems at all ports of entry, and termination of the DACA employment authorization program.
Three Executive Orders issued during the week of January 23, 2017 provide further insights into the Trump Administration’s immigration reform priorities.