Immigration Reform in the 2016 Presidential Election

For undocumented immigrants in America, 2016 is a year full of unknowns. If Donald Trump gets the republican bid for president—and is elected as such by the Electoral College—things could change dramatically, and fast. That’s because Mr. Trump has adamantly declared that he would force all immigrants who are undocumented to return to their home countries if elected. While Trump has yet to propose a strategic plan of how he would make this happen—and find and deport between approximately 11 to 12 million people—he’s made it clear that he’s a man on a mission. To counteract his hardheaded and—as some would claim—callous approach, Hillary Clinton has vowed to tackle Trump’s plan.

Sensible Immigration Reform Necessary

As opposed to Donald Trump, who has ignorantly proclaimed that all undocumented immigrants must go, Clinton has proposed immigration reform that she believes is much more sensible. Recognizing the value that immigrants—both undocumented and otherwise—add to U.S. culture and economy, Clinton wants to help mitigate the competition between legal and illegal workers. According to Clinton, undocumented workers can be paid less and exploited, but can also take jobs away from others. Clinton would like to see these undocumented workers be able to obtain legal work permits.

What’s more, Clinton has also openly supported President Barack Obama’s immigration reform act of 2014, and has even “advocated expanding Obama’s executive actions to allow millions or more undocumented immigrants to obtain legal protection and work permits.” According to Robby Mook, Clinton’s campaign manager, “Specifically in the policy that she was proposing, she wanted to make it easier for families to appeal…deportation decisions…”

What’s next for immigration reform?

Immigration reform continues to be a hotly debated topic, with people on all sides of the issue throwing out ideas in regards to what should happen next. While it’s unlikely that Trump could deport up to 12 million illegal immigrants, it’s not unlikely to assume that, if elected, things could become more difficult for undocumented immigrants. On the same token, it’s presumable that Clinton, if elected, will have a hard time passing meaningful immigration reform without major challengers.

How a Boston Immigration Attorney Can Help

For immigrants who are undocumented and currently living within the U.S., the current political culture is a scary one. If you’re seeking deportation, are unsure how you’ve been affected by Obama’s 2014 immigration executive order, or need help applying for a green card or visa, an attorney can help. At Goldstein Immigration Lawyers, our immigration attorneys want to consult with you to discuss your immigrant status today. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call us today at 617-722-0005.