It has been more than two years since Donald Trump, a reality TV star-turned-presidential candidate, assumed office. Trump’s inauguration took place on January 21, 2017, which means it’s just about time to recap the former TV personality’s presidency through the prism of the impact of his administration’s immigration policies on immigrants.
“In the past 24 months, Donald Trump has done more to make the lives of immigrants, both those attempting to cross the border and those already in the U.S., in the U.S. more difficult than any other president has done in his four or eight years of presidency,” says our Salt Lake City immigration lawyer at Familia America.
While the direct impact of Trump’s anti-immigration policies can be calculated, the indirect impacts remain unknown. When evaluating the impact of Trump’s policies on immigrants, most media outlets generalize that impact and mention the following:
- A substantial decrease in refugee admissions;
- The number of rejected asylum applications has skyrocketed;
- Arrests of immigrants without criminal records have been on the rise; and
- Hundreds of thousands more are at risk of deportation due to the Trump administration’s efforts to put an end to protections under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA).
On top of all that, the Trump administration imposed the so-called “travel ban” limiting entrance into the U.S. by individuals from several Muslim-majority countries.
The impact of Trump’s anti-immigration policies by the numbers
Our experienced immigration lawyer in Salt Lake City is going to take a by-the-numbers glance at the two years of Trump’s anti-immigration policies:
- 436 is the average number of daily immigration arrests under Trump (according to statistics by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement between February 2017 and September 2018). For the sake of comparison, that number stood at 300 before Trump became President.
- 44,631 is the average daily population of immigrants in detention centers or ICE custody. That’s more than 10,000 immigrants more than in 2016, back when Trump wasn’t the President.
- 2,737 is the official number of children separated from their parents under the “zero tolerance” policy imposed by the Trump administration. Unofficial numbers are much higher than that.
- 14,056 is the number of unaccompanied children in U.S. custody (the number is high due to the increased time that minors are being kept in custody.
- 59 days is the average length of stay in government custody for an unaccompanied child before he or she is being placed with a sponsor, up from 35 days in 2016.
- 200,000 is an estimated number of U.S. citizen minors with at least one parent protected under the DACA program. Nearly 700,000 individuals who received legal protections under the DACA program could lose their protections if the Trump administration’s efforts to end the program are successful (so far, the decision to strip protections from hundreds of thousands of people have been halted by court rulings).
These are the numbers in assessing the direct impact of the Trump administration’s policies targeting immigrants in the United States. If you are an immigrant who has been affected by Trump’s policies, do not hesitate to speak to a Salt Lake City immigration attorney at Familia America. Schedule a free consultation by calling at 801-656-9605.