The Trump admin’s efforts to curb immigration into America HAS brought the numbers down a reported 70%, something most of us did NOT think could or would be done….
Trump and his trusty assistant Stephen Miller has been on a campaign to do just this…
Experts caution that there ARE other factors in the downturn of immigrants coming to America…
“It’s probably no one factor,” said Randy Capps, director of United States research for the Migration Policy Institute. “It’s probably a number of small factors, a lot of which are related to policy changes and to the general effect of Trump being president.”
He added, “It’s what you would expect if it became more difficult for some immigrants to get to the U.S. and others found the country less welcoming.”
The biggest decline was among people from Latin America who were not United States citizens. The Census Bureau does not designate what portion of noncitizens are in the country illegally, but Mr. Frey said it was possible that some of the decline was among those people. In all, noncitizens declined by about 478,000 people; more than half were people from Latin America.
For many years, Mexico was the largest contributor of immigrants. But since 2010, the number of immigrants arriving from Mexico has declined, while the number coming from China and India have surged. But in 2018, the number of people from Asia who lived in the United States but were not American citizens declined. Mr. Bier said that could reflect people working or studying in the United States who had giving up on waiting for immigration status.
“The difference is so large that it’s more likely that people who are waiting or hoping for legal permanent residence felt that the arrival of the Trump administration was the writing on the wall,” he said. “That goes for people in all sorts of statuses.”
Another decline appears to be happening among students from China. The Associated Press reported this week that American universities are reporting steep declines in Chinese students, which is cutting into tuition revenue. Several universities have reported drops of one-fifth or more this fall, according to the report, which quoted university administrators blaming rising tensions between the two countries.
Mr. Frey also spotted political patterns. Of the 14 states with the lowest concentrations of foreign-born people, 12 voted for Mr. Trump. In half of those 12 states, Asians dominated recent immigrant gains. In 10 of those states, immigrants are more likely than native-born residents to hold bachelor’s degrees, Mr. Frey found.
Two states — New York and Illinois — had measurable declines in their foreign-born populations, while 11 had increases, including Florida, Texas and Arizona…..
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed slashing refugee admissions to 18,000 for fiscal year 2020, marking a record low total since the program began in 1980.
The Trump administration last year set the refugee cap at 30,000. The administration has made curbing the number of migrants entering the country a priority.
The Departments of State, Homeland Security (DHS) and Health and Human Services submitted the proposed refugee admissions for fiscal year 2020 in a report to Congress on Thursday.
The Trump administration said it was necessary to reduce the number of refugee admissions in order to focus on addressing the flow of migrants at the U.S. southern border with Mexico and reducing the large backlog of asylum claims….
…former President Obama proposed a cap of 116,000 refugees in fiscal year 2016, his final one in office.
According to the State Department, the administration expects to receive over 368,000 new refugees and asylum claims in fiscal year 2020….