US immigration in the 21st century

The immigration policies of the Bush Administration

The US immigration policy started shifting again in the 2000s following the 9/11 terrorist attacks. As the attacks were carried out by Muslim terrorists, the reaction of the American authorities focused on two aspects: fighting terrorism and enforcing immigration legislation. Border security and removing immigrants who potentially posed a threat to American security became priorities. However,…

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The immigration policies of the Obama Administration

During Barack Obama’s presidency, there were some attempts to reform the immigration system, but a comprehensive bill failed to pass in Congress. President Barack Obama often argue…

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The immigration policies of the Trump Administration

At the end of 2016, Donald Trump won the US Presidential elections and in 2017 he was sworn into office, replacing Barack Obama. A significant part of Donald Trump’s campaign focused on tackling illegal immigration to the US. His policy proposals included increasing the deportation of illegal immigrants and building a wall at the border with Mexico. In his speeches and statements, Donald Trump frequently portrayed illegal immigrants as criminals and even as rapists, using fearmongering techniques to frighten voters …

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