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President-elect Donald Trump surged to victory in part based on a hardline immigration policy focused on enforcement and promises of an overhaul of the U.S. immigration system.
Trump has pledged stricter immigration enforcement, mass deportations, mandatory E-Verify for employers, an overhaul of guest worker programs and a repeal of some of President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration, which allow for deferred deportation and work authorization for certain unauthorized immigrants.
Republicans also won big in congressional races, leaving a final calculus for immigration policy up in the air. Republicans clinched at least 51 Senate seats, with races in New Hampshire and Louisiana still to be decided. They also kept control of the House of Representatives, losing only a handful of races.
Undoing President Obama's Executive Orders
Trump's first actions on immigration may likely be overturning president Obama's executive orders protecting undocumented immigrants.
Under the policy known as Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), implemented by Obama as an executive order in 2012, more than 700,000 immigrants who were brought into the country illegally as children have been allowed to temporarily stay and work in the U.S. A similar policy for the undocumented parents of American citizens is also in jeopardy. It has been challenged in court by several states.
RNC Chair Rebuts Deportation Claims
One of President-elect Trump's central campaign promises was to crack down on unauthorized immigration and ramp up deportations.
But Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus insisted the day after the election that Trump only plans to deport criminals.
(The Huffington Post)
Reducing Employer-Based Immigration
Trump has said he wants to reduce overall immigration levels and reduce the number of skilled guest workers, dealing a blow to employers seeking foreign talent.
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