How the current political situation of the U.S. will affect the immigration laws

The United States has nearly a million immigrants every year. Over 30 million legal and 11.5 million undocumented immigrants live in the country today making up 13 per cent of the total population. How the US deals with immigrants directly affects the country’s security and the economy. The immigration policy aims to enable the flow of visitors and migrants while trying to stop unauthorized people and terrorism. The US spends almost 18 billion dollars every year on immigration enforcement but the remaining security gaps result in illegal entries primarily through the US-Mexico Border. The immigration issue has been a touchstone for political debate for decades, but what is our call to action?

These 11.5 million people have no legal status, resulting in social and economic complications. The big question here is how do we establish a path to legal status or citizenship for undocumented immigrants, and how are we going to deal with it keeping in mind the current political situation of the United States? How is the recent Presidential Election and the actions of the President-Elect going to affect the decisions that are going to be made regarding the immigration laws?

“Immigration is a privilege, not a right. Mexico is totally dependent on the United States as a release valve for its own poverty — our approvals of hundreds of thousands of visas to their nationals every year is one of our greatest leverage points… Keep in mind, the United States has already taken in 4X more migrants than any other country on planet earth, producing lower wages and higher unemployment for our own citizens and recent migrants.” — President-Elect Donald J. Trump’s vision for immigration policies under his government

“Whether working with congress or working independently, the next president has power to shape immigration policy.” — Council on Foreign Relations

While questioning students at Parsons The New School about their views on how the current political situation will affect the immigration policies and life of undocumented residents, two sophomores had very interesting views on the current political situation. Joseph Castanon, a BFA sophomore spoke about his views on how the public is reacting and what measures the country should take and Zarrin Karimi, a BAFA sophomore, opened up about the challenges she faced having immigrant parents even though she is an american born U.S. citizen. Her parents moved to the United States under extreme circumstances when they were younger, her father had his papers and legal documents while her mother didn’t. While the country is trying to figure out how to deal with this situation, these students talk about what the millennial outlook on the situation is.

“It’ll be difficult.” -Zarrin Karimi (BAFA sophomore at The NewSchool)