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.
|2015.04.09||This is the full text of an opinion piece by Jeff Sessions on why he believes America should restrict legal immigration. washingtonpost.com (See also Jeff Sessions, Immigration)|
|2015.08.16||Trump's newly unveiled immigration plan calls for the end of automatic citizenship for people born in the United States. abcnews.go.com (See also 2016 Campaign, Immigration)|
|2015.11.20||A step-by-step infographic to the rigorous process for refugee entry into the U.S. obamawhitehouse.archives.gov (See also Immigration)|
|2015.12.07||Trump releases campaign statement on preventing Muslim immigration. donaldjtrump.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2016.02.11||Trump and Univision come to confidential settlement over Trump's $500 million lawsuit, which he filed after Univision canceled its plans to broadcast Trump's Miss USA pageant in retaliation for derogatory comments Trump made about Mexican immigrants. fortune.com (See also Feuds, Mexican Americans)|
|2016.09.01||Trump proposes policy in Phoenix immigration speech. nytimes.com|
|2016.10.19||In a presidential debate Trump falsely claims Clinton wants "open borders." politifact.com (See also False Statements)|
Donald Trump says that Hillary Clinton wants open borders — a charge he has leveled again after an excerpt of one of her speeches leaked in a hacked email. "We have no country if we have no...
|2016.11.04||Melania Trump was paid for 10 modeling jobs in 1996 before she received legal authorization to work in the United States, despite her claims she obeyed immigration laws. washingtonpost.com (See also Melania Trump, False Statements)|
|2016.11.10||Trump campaign staff redirects link to Muslim ban info on Trump website, but restores it after press inquiries. washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2016.12.21||Trump, when asked about his proposed Muslim registry by a reporter, says "you know my plans." washingtonpost.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Registry)|
|2016.12.22||Kellyanne Conway says Trump will not ban Muslims from U.S. solely on religious grounds. cnn.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.01||Immigrants fear the return of Bush-era workplace raids under Trump administration. nytimes.com|
|2017.01.04||Trump team requests Homeland Security records on border barriers, aerial surveillance, expanded immigrant detention, and more reuters.com (See also Department of Homeland Security, Mexican Wall, Immigration, agency)|
|2017.01.06||Full text of the Protect American Families Act of 2017. scribd.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Registry)|
Protect American Families Act of 2017
|2017.01.06||U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Cory Booker (D-NJ), and seven Senate colleagues introduce the Protect American Families Act. merkley.senate.gov (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Registry)|
|2017.01.13||Asian Americans express fears about the Trump administration at an Asian Americans Advancing Justice panel in Orange County, CA. ocregister.com (See also Asian Americans, Affordable Care Act, Health Care)|
|2017.01.16||Homeland Security nominee Kelly says border wall "will not do the job." latimes.com (See also John Kelly, Department of Homeland Security, Immigration, Mexico, Mexico Wall)|
|2017.01.19||More than 1,000 people rallied at the Chicago Teachers Union HQ to protest Trump's hard-line immigration proposals. chicagotribune.com (See also Immigration)|
|2017.01.25||By cracking down on immigration and threatening martial law, Trump is following through on his incendiary campaign promises. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Mexico Wall, Sanctuary Cities)|
|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.
|2017.01.25||Trump signs executive order to begin Mexico border wall and cut funding from sanctuary cities in immigration crackdown. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, Immigration, Sanctuary Cities, Mexican Americans)|
|2017.01.25||Trump’s order will cut the number of refugees admitted to the U.S. in half nytimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Syria)|
|2017.01.26||Trump critic and Gold Star father Khizr Khan says Trump's Muslim ban could threaten American security. cnn.com (See also Muslims, Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
|2017.01.28||Some Congressional Republicans respond to criticism by speaking out against Muslim immigration ban; most, including Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell, remain silent. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigration)|
|2017.01.29||Trump’s immigration executive order creates an international mess, a legal challenge, protests at major airports across the country, and his first defeat in court. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Muslims)|
|2017.01.30||Acting Attorney General Sally Yates orders Justice Department not to defend Trump's executive order on immigration in court, stating concerns about its legality. nytimes.com (See also Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Department of Justice)|
|2017.01.30||Trump fires acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she orders government lawyers not to defend Muslim immigration ban. nytimes.com (See also Department of Justice, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Immigration, Presidential Activity, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.01.31||Dozens of lawsuits were filed against immigration order. clearinghouse.net (See also Lawsuits, Muslim Immigration Ban, John Kelley, First 100 Days, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Justice, John Kelly)|
|2017.01.31||Justice Department releases State Department notice that "provisionally" revokes immigrant and non-immigrant visas already issued to citizens of nations listed in Trump's Muslim immigration ban. politico.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration)|
|2017.01.31.||Immigration ban puts American citizens at risk by disrupting travel and status of patients and healthcare workers. wired.com (See also Unprecedented Actions, First 100 days, Health Care)|
|2017.02.02||Kellyanne Conway defends Muslim ban by citing a nonexistent "Bowling Green massacre" supposedly carried out by Iraqi refugees. washingtonpost.com (See also False Statements, Assaults on Facts, Muslim Immigration Ban, Iraq)|
|2017.02.02||Trump espouses a vision of religious nationalism at annual prayer breakfast. theatlantic.com (See also Nationalism, Muslims, Constitutional Issues)|
His speech focused on the violent, ideological threats to America while vowing to repeal the Johnson Amendment.
|2017.02.03||Government attorney reveals that over 100,000 visas have been revoked due to Trump's Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims)|
|2017.02.03||Millions of Americans could go hungry if President Trump moves forward with a draft executive order that restricts the welfare benefits available to immigrants, according to experts in immigration law. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days)|
|2017.02.05||Trump tweets in an attempt to undermine legal system: "Just cannot believe a judge would put our country in such peril. If something happens blame him and court system. People pouring in. Bad!" twitter.com (See also Assaults on Facts, Assaults on Government)|
|2017.02.07||A San Francisco appeals court will hear arguments today on the nationwide freeze of Trump's extreme vetting program. politico.com (See also Muslim Immigration Ban, First 100 Days, Muslims)|
|2017.02.08||Number of U.S. religious congregations participating in sanctuary movement doubles after presidential election. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration)|
|2017.02.09||9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upholds suspension of Trump’s Muslim immigration ban. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Immigration, Lawsuits)|
|2017.02.09||The court went out of its way in its opinion released Thursday to emphasize the right and the duty of the judiciary to rule on the constitutionality of executive action, even when national security is on the line. bloomberg.com (See also First 100 Days, Muslim Immigration Ban, Muslims, Constitutional Issues)|
|2017.02.10||U.S. immigration authorities conduct raids and arrest undocumented immigrants, including some without criminal records, in at least six states. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration)|
|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)|
|2017.02.16||A 23-year-old DACA work permit holder in Seattle faces immigration removal proceedings after his arrest and the termination of his "dreamer" status in part because of a gang tattoo that says "Peace" in Spanish. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration, Mexican Americans)|
|2017.02.16||Six ICE agents show up at El Paso County, Texas, courthouse and detain woman seeking a protective order against a boyfriend she accused of domestic abuse. washingtonpost.com (See also Women, First 100 Days, Unprecedented Actions)|
|2017.02.17||Leaked memo outlines Trump administration's proposal to mobilize 100,000 National Guard troops for immigration raids. cbsnews.com (See also Immigration)|
|2017.02.17||Trump administration denies it is considering use of National Guard to conduct immigration raids. cnbc.com (See also First 100 Days, Immigration)|
|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||Almost a week after the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas, the White House condemns the attack, calling it 'racially motivated.' cnn.com (See also Hate Crimes, Racism, First 100 Days)|
A White House spokeswoman condemned on Tuesday the shooting of two Indian men in Kansas that gained international attention over the weekend, telling reporters that the shooting appears to be "an act …
|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|
|2017.03.04||Trump administration is considering separating Mexican women and children caught crossing U.S. border without documentation as a way of deterring immigration. reuters.com (See also Mexican Americans, Immigration, First 100 Days)|
|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)|
|2017.03.06||Trump’s new travel ban blocks citizens of six predominantly Muslim nations, but not Iraq. nytimes.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban, First 100 Days)|
The new restriction will apply to citizens of six predominantly Muslim nations in an effort to improve on a hastily drawn order in January that did not pass legal scrutiny.
|2017.03.07||At a safe house in Buffalo, asylum seekers from around the world prepare to flee the U.S. for Canada. newyorker.com (See also Muslims, Muslim Immigration Ban, First 100 Days)|
At a safe house in Buffalo, asylum seekers from around the world prepare to flee the U.S. for Canada.
|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)|
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.