Trump’s Immigration Reform Legislation Trends in 2017

Posted on 01-30-2017 by
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Immigration reform will be a top legislative priority in 2017 at both the federal and state levels. President Trump made immigration reform a centerpiece of his campaign. Will his promises to secure the nation’s borders, deport undocumented/illegal immigrants and reform the work visa system bear fruit? Many states also look to further their policies towards these immigrants residing within their borders with legislation and regulations conferring or revoking benefits and status. How will these trends play out?

“Legislative Preview: An Early Look at Opportunities & Risks for 2017,” provides opinion and insight on immigration reform proposals from a panel of state and federal immigration law experts. Produced by LexisNexis® State Net®, a leader in legislative and regulatory tracking and analysis, this webinar is complimentary to receive with a simple sign-up.

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Many Paths Towards Trump’s Federal Immigration Reform Agenda

Regarding immigration reform, President Trump campaigned on:

  • a border wall
  • accelerated deportation of immigrants illegally in the United States
  • protection and preference for American workers in domestic jobs

But the Republican House and Senate majorities—let alone the Democrats—are not of one mind about how, and to what extent, to carry these promises into law. The “Legislative Preview” experts weigh in on Trump’s immigration agenda and the probable priorities and potential limits of new federal legislation to implement it.

States Take a Hand in Immigration Reform

Although federal law reigns supreme over immigration policy, states continue to legislate with direct impact to the undocumented/illegal immigrants within their jurisdictions. Pro-immigrant measures include:

  • conferring state citizenship upon these immigrants, e.g., the New York Is Home Act, 2017 NY S 1215
  • increased funding for public defenders and training for defense counsel
  • prohibitions on state cooperation in border wall construction

[California legislators] have already announced and introduced several bills meant to resist any kind of major action from the Trump Administration. One would dedicate some state money to better training public defenders statewide to understand immigration issues and be able to defend those cases better in court. Others would ensure better legal counsel or more in depth legal counsel for folks already facing deportation, especially if they're being held in facilities here in California.

Rich Ehisen, Managing Editor and Publisher, State Net Capitol Journal

Of course, many states are taking opposite approaches. These measures include:

Many state legislatures already have started their new sessions. State Net can help you follow these sessions with a clear and concise chart that includes session calendars, estimated bill volumes and more.

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Change Can Happen Fast

The advent of a new administration—particularly one fronting majorities in Congress—presents the prospect of breathtaking change to a multitude of policies. And the states will look to supplement and respond to these initiatives with their own legislation. “Legislative Preview: An Early Look at Opportunities & Risks for 2017,” offers a timely glimpse of the shape of things to come. Get it today.

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