Illegal entries are way down under President Trump because the potential migrants know he is serious about deporting them. But the president has also been taking steps to reduce legal immigration, which has continued at a pace that is too rapid and vast for so many people to be absorbed into the country without adversely altering the culture.
We do have a culture here. It is affected and often enhanced by immigrants, but it is not completely changed by immigrants. Too much immigration too fast, and we lose the culture that has made the country great for more than two centuries.
From the New York Times:
Immigration and State Department officials are more closely scrutinizing, and have started more frequently denying, visas for people seeking to visit the United States on business, as well as for those recruited by American companies, according to lawyers representing visa seekers. Foreigners already in the United States whose employers wish to extend their stay also are facing new hurdles.
The “Buy American, Hire American” order singles out the H-1B visa program . . .
Officials are asking for extra details about applicants’ education and work history, the position to be filled and the employer, requiring the company to amass many additional documents, which can postpone a decision by several months.
For H-1Bs, the number of such “requests for evidence” from January to August this year jumped 44 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the most recent data from United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
So far, the government is still greenlighting most H-1B applications that survive the lottery, but the approval rate is inching down.
Other changes affect foreigners already working or living in the United States on H-1Bs or other temporary permits.
Those sponsored by their employers for a green card, or legal permanent residency, must pass in-person interviews, a reversal of a 20-year-old policy that is likely to exacerbate a long backlog in green card applications . . .
The administration said this month that it planned to eliminate a program established during the Obama administration that allows international entrepreneurs to stay in the United States for up to five years. The administration also said it would eliminate a two-year-old program that granted work permits for spouses of H-1B workers. And it recently announced plans to restrict the ability of foreign students to work temporarily in the United States after they graduate.