How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration

How Trump is changing the face of legal immigration
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[Ed. – Two problems with this analysis: First, slowing all immigration at this point would seem to be essential until the nation is able to develop a sane comprehensive immigration policy, especially along the southern border. Second, the danger of comparing a snapshot of immigration now with one of some time in the past is that it overlooks the natural tendency of immigration policy to ebb and flow, as an unnamed White House official notes in this very article.]

As the national immigration debate swirls around the effort to discourage illegal immigrationby separating families at the border, the Trump administration is making inroads into another longtime priority: reducing legal immigration.

The number of people receiving visas to move permanently to the United States is on pace to drop 12 percent in President Trump’s first two years in office, according to a Washington Post analysis of State Department data.

Among the most affected are the Muslim-majority countries on the president’s travel ban list — Yemen, Syria, Iran, Libya and Somalia — where the number of new arrivals to the United States is heading toward an 81 percent drop by Sept. 30, the end of the second fiscal year under Trump.

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Last week, the Supreme Court upheld that ban, paving the way for an even more dramatic decline in arrivals from those countries.

Legal immigration from all Muslim-majority countries is on track to fall by nearly a third.

The Trump administration has argued that its immigration policies are driven by national security concerns and an effort to preserve jobs for Americans.

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