Comment: Employment Immigration Crackdown
There is a broad-based attack on all of immigration under way by the Trump administration. The scope of this attack is larger than the crackdown on immigration in the aftermath of 9/11, it is shaping up to be the largest immigration crackdown since the Bracero program of the 1950s. Here is the evidence, and the analysis:

The H-1B memo of Friday March 31 eliminates computer programmer level 1 positions slashing at a key foundation of immigrants in America's workforce. The Administration's elimination of premium processing may make it impossible for some businesses to hire talented immigrants at all, given fast-paced competition in today's marketplaces, ill-served by USCIS's glacial adjudication. DHS Secretary Kelly's memo of a few weeks ago purports to remove all discretion in adjudication - hitting immigration benefits hard. At the same time a massive attack is underway on family immigration as well. There have been arrests of people applying for Green Cards and at the courts, people who are not dangers to society, but are contributing and valuable parts of the American fabric. There is also the recent expansion of enforcement activity by ICE. And of course, there are the two travel bans. If you add up all the above, the big picture becomes clear: the Trump Administration is in the early stages of a broad and sustained attack on immigration itself, without distinction between legal immigrants and the undocumented, and without distinction between employment-based or family-based. If carried to its logical and apparent end, this crackdown promises to be the worst since the 1950s Bracero program, and will severely affect the immigration bar and will terrorize immigrant populations across the USA.

This series of actions is entirely consistent with Attorney General Sessions's Senate record and his rabidly anti-immigration agenda which he pursued energetically and publicly during his time in the Senate. All key positions in USCIS, ICE and CBP are being staffed with anti-immigrationists by Mr. Sessions and kindred souls in the Trump Administration. Unless this is nipped in the bud, we expect a massive attack on immigration--a broad sustained and significant push aimed at destroying immigration as such. The people involved in the Trump Administration on immigration matters are against immigration and immigrants--whether legal or undocumented--whether family or business--they are as vehemently opposed to a Nobel laureate creating a new industry as they are to an undocumented family trying to get by--simply because they are immigrants. The administration is methodically using every avenue available to it and building up anti-immigrationist staffing at every level to implement their vision of an immigrant-free America. We don't believe that any corner of immigration will escape - for example, EB5 is sure to be critically wounded too, as part of the Trump Administration jihad against American immigrants.

We believe the only thing that can stop this grim march is pro-immigration Republicans. Unless pro-immigration Republicans speak up now - forcefully, loudly, persistently and publicly - to defend immigration--a key cornerstone of our great Republic--we expect a disaster of National Origin Quota proportions, from which the country will take a long time to recover.

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