Immigrants

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.

Timeline

Assessments

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.