The U.S. is a nation of immigrants. With the exception of Native Americans, every citizen in the country today can trace their family lineage to another continent. Immigration in the U.S., until post-1965, was dominated by Europeans, with different waves featuring primarily English, northern Europeans, southern, and Eastern Europeans. It was not until after 1965, when the national origins formula, which limited immigration and naturalization from countries outside of Western Europe, was replaced with per-country limits that immigrants from Latin America and Asia began to dominate the trends.
Despite the fact that the economic, cultural, and social values of a richly diverse "melting pot" have been proven in studies time and time again, fear of the “other,” of the potential loss of personal benefit, has led to unfair targeting of various groups throughout the United States short history, both officially and unofficially.
This page will target actions and statements by Trump that impact immigrants.
See also Immigration.
|2017.01.25||Trump signs an executive order on Sanctuary Cities that vaguely declares it illegal to "facilitate the presence of aliens." univision.com (See also Immigration, First 100 Days, Fascism, Mexican Americans)|
This could mean helping undocumented immigrants now a crime under Trump.
|2017.02.13||Homeland Security chief Kelly responds after immigration raids spark outrage abcnews.go.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Immigration, John Kelly)|
|2017.02.15||ICE agents arrest at least two men leaving an Alexandria church's hypothermia shelter raising questions about whether the people there are being targeted. nbcwashington.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.18||DHS Secretary Kelly signs memos detailing new guidelines that empower federal agents to more aggressively detain and deport illegal immigrants. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Immigration)|
|2017.02.18||The White House distances itself from a Department of Homeland Security draft proposal to use the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants. apnews.com (See also Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.02.21||Trump administration unveils new immigration rules that will make it easier to immediately deport people for minor crimes. nytimes.com (See also Immigration)|
|2017.02.21||Trump's DHS guidelines aggressively target all 11 million illegal aliens, discarding Obama-era restraints. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Department of Justice)|
Officials said the new guidelines to beef up border enforcement will be handled “humanely.”
|2017.02.22||The Trump administration issues new immigration policies with the goal of empowering agents to strictly enforce deportation laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Nationalism, Fascism, Immigration)|
|2017.02.22||Trump's DHS Secretary, John Kelly, lays out aggressive guidance for vigorously pursuing illegal immigrants. cnn.com (See also Nationalism, Fascism, Immigration, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.02.22||Two Indian immigrants and a bystander shot by racist in a bar; one immigrant dies, and the shooter—who'd said the victims didn't belong in the United States—now faces first-degree premeditated murder and attempted murder charges. nytimes.com (See also Racism, Hate Crimes)|
|2017.02.25||Trump administration claims 109 people were detained in the first 26 hours after Muslim immigration ban was enacted, when 746 people were actually detained. nytimes.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Executive Orders, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.28||In a private meeting with news anchors, Trump reverses his hard-line immigration stance and says he'd be open to a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants who haven't committed serious crimes. nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration)|
|2017.03.03||Seattle-area Sikh man is shot by white man who told him to "go back to your own country." washingtonpost.com|
|2017.03.06||Trump's chief strategist Steve Bannon describes Islam as "a cancer" and says U.S. is fighting a "global existential war" against Islam in newly surfaced audiotapes. abcnews.go.com (See also Steve Bannon, Nationalism, Muslims)|
|2017.03.15||Federal judge Derrick K. Watson issues nationwide block on Trump Administration's revised travel ban. nytimes.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigration)|
|2017.07.07||The head of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement in charge of deportations has directed his officers to take action against all undocumented immigrants they may cross paths with, regardless of criminal histories, going far beyond the Trump administration’s publicly stated aims to only target "the worst" criminals. propublica.org (See also False Statements)|
|2017.08.26||Controversial former Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio was pardoned by Donald Trump on Friday after being found guilty in July on criminal contempt charges stemming from his refusal to stop imprisoning suspected illegal immigrants. abcnews.go.com (See also Racism, Unpresidential Behavior, Immigration)|
|2017.09.14||Donald Trump confirmed that he supports legislation that would protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation and would deliver a “massive” increase in border security — but not with a wall on the southern border. nytimes.com (See also Mexico Wall, Immigration)|
|2017.10.11||The Department of Homeland Security is quietly exploring ways it could transform the US immigration system without Congress, including limiting protections for unaccompanied minors who come to the US illegally, expanding the use of speedy deportation proceedings, and tightening visa programs in ways that could limit legal immigration to the US. cnn.com (See also Immigration, Department of Homeland Security)|
|2017.10.18||A federal judge on Wednesday ordered the U.S. government to allow an undocumented teenager in its custody to have an abortion, after saying she was “astounded” the Trump administration was trying to prevent the procedure. washingtonpost.com (See also Women, Legal Issues, Jeff Sessions, Department of Justice)|
|2017.11.27||Papers in a lawsuit involving work on Trump Tower’s site were unsealed by a judge last week, revealing that Donald Trump paid over $1 Million in a labor settlement due to employing 200 undocumented workers in 12 hour shifts, without gloves, hard hats, or masks, paid as little as $4 an hour, less than half the union wage, if they got paid at all. nytimes.com (See also Legal Activity, Lawsuits, Trump Business)|
|2017.12.21||The Justice Department wiped a wide swath of "guidance documents" off the books on Thursday, withdrawing 25 documents — including one addressing integration of people with disabilities in state and local government programs and another on standards for assessing citizenship status discrimination. buzzfeed.com (See also People with Disabilities, Department of Justice, Jeff Sessions)|
|2018.03.28||Immigrants who accept almost any form of welfare or public benefit, even popular tax deductions, could be denied legal U.S. residency according to a draft under proposal awaiting approval by the Trump administration, which is seeking to reduce the number of foreigners living in the United States. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Department of Homeland Security)|
It could affect immigrants protected by DACA if they attempt to file for full legal residency.
|2018.04.03||A group of 17 U.S. states and 6 cities sued the Trump administration to stop it from asking people filling out 2020 census forms whether they are citizens. reuters.com (See also Immigration, Department of Commerce, Wilbur Ross, Nationalism)|
|The Trump administration has given nearly 60,000 Haitians with provisional legal residency in the United States 18 months to leave, announcing that it will not renew the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) that has allowed them to remain in this country. washingtonpost.com (See also Racism, Department of Homeland Security)|
Adrian Florido–National Public Radio
In his Jan. 3, 2017, article Florido looks at how immigrant activists like Viridiana Martinez anticipate a boost in advocacy efforts in response to Trump's deportation plans.
Viewing Trump as a grave threat to their immigrant communities, many local lawmakers are reacting to his deportation proposals with the kind of defiance that grassroots advocates have been asking of them for years.