Track the Progress of President Donald Trump's Immigration Reform Campaign Promises

Donald Trump promised to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, block funding to sanctuary cities, and reduce overall immigration levels. But has he kept his promises?

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Promise #1

Build the Wall


What's the Holdup?

Democrats in Congress, especially Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer who ordered Trump to drop his call for funding. 

Why it's Important

As of 2015, there were an estimated 11 million illegal aliens in the United States – a number which rises every day. The most recent statistics from U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) show that in July 2018, 9,247 aliens traveling in family units were apprehended along that border and that number increased 38 percent to 12,774 in August.

What can I do?

Call your representative and senators and let them know you support full-funding for the wall.

Promise 1

Status

Initiated

Despite relative non-compliance from Congress, the administration has started work on 14 miles of a wall in San Diego and another 20 miles in Santa Teresa, N.M., according to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Design plans continue to be considered, including a solar wall.

The agency has said a wall would not span the entire 1,900 miles of the Southern border.

Promise #2

End Catch and Release


What's the Holdup?

President Trump’s effort to fulfill his promise to end "catch and release" have been hampered by Congress and some lack of support among the agencies. The Justice Department’s attempt to implement ZERO tolerance has been impeded by inadequate detention space and existing court settlements. 

Why it's Important

"Catch and release" allows illegal aliens to freely remain in the United States while they await their immigration trial and deportation. This creates backlogs in our immigration courts and presents an opportunity for illegal aliens to evade enforcement officials. Ending "catch and release" means detaining criminal aliens until they can be removed, thus keeping our cities safer.

The need for reform of Flores is underscored by the fact that the 90,563 family units apprehended at the border eclipsing the record 77,695 detained in 2016.

What Can I Do?

Contact local, state, and Federal officials to tell them to end “catch and release” now.

Promise 2

Status

In Progress

The lax treatment of illegal alien families, known as “catch and release,” continues to be one of the biggest issue fueling the surge in illegal immigration.

On April 9, 2018, President Trump signed a memorandum directing his Administration to submit reports detailing further steps to enhance immigration enforcement. The Departments of Homeland Security, Defense, Justice, and Health and Human Services all must submit reports outlining past and ongoing efforts to end “catch and release.”

Zero Tolerance/Flores Reform

The Trump administration also moved forward with efforts to manage the crisis. The Justice Department’s attempt to implement a zero-tolerance policy that included detaining all illegal immigrants has been hampered by existing legal loopholes and a lack of federal detention space.

There has been movement to reform the Flores agreement, which requires illegal alien children be released after 20 days in custody. The Department of Homeland Security and HHS have promulgated regulations that would close the loophole created by the agreement and allow lengthier detention of illegal aliens.

Promise #3

ZERO Tolerance for Criminal Aliens


What's the Holdup?

The Justice Department’s attempt to implement ZERO tolerance has been impeded by inadequate detention space and existing court settlements. Multiple cases involving this issue remain tied up in the courts, while federal judges in Pennsylvania and California have issued rulings asserting the action is unconstitutional. Congress has yet to act on legislation to settle the matter.

Why it's Important

Under the Obama administration, criminal aliens weren't always removed as they should have been. Removing criminal aliens is essential to a safe and peaceful America.

What can I do?

Support the efforts of FAIR and our affiliate, the Immigration Law Reform Institute, which is actively fighting on behalf of the rule of law in the courts.

Promise 3

Status

In-Progress

Since Donald Trump took office, criminal alien removals have increased and the Administration has aggressively fought against jurisdictions that in any way discourage cooperative state/local and federal immigration enforcement.

On January 25, 2017, President Trump signed an executive order to ensure the safety and security of American citizens in their communities, including a threat to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities.”

The Justice Department’s attempt to implement a zero-tolerance policy that included detaining all illegal immigrants, but existing loopholes in the law and a lack of planning by federal agencies to deal with increasing numbers of detainees resulted in some illegal aliens being separated from their children.

Subsequently, President Trump took executive action to end the separations, while placing a priority on immigration cases involving families and ordering his Administration to expand family detention capacity. Nearly all eligible children have been reunited with their parents.

Promise #4

Block Funding for Sanctuary Cities


Our performance measures: Executive directives and enacted legislation to deny funding for those jurisdictions that in any way discourage cooperative state/local and federal immigration enforcement.

WHAT'S THE HOLDUP?

Congress hasn't enacted clear guidance to address sanctuary jurisdictions.

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

These cities are instructing local law enforcement not to comply with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the federal government. Sanctuary cities harbor dangerous illegal aliens and allow them to stay in the United States.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Post on social media and let your friends know!

Promise 4

Status

In-Progress

In January 2017, President Trump signed an executive order which included a threat to withhold funding from “sanctuary cities.” Some cities and states sued in response to the executive order, while others challenged the president's authority legislatively. In November 2017, a federal judge blocked the Administration’s efforts.

The Justice Department responded with letters to 28 sanctuary jurisdictions cautioning them that non-compliance would endanger federal grants. It is unknown if any have been withheld.  In March 2018, the Justice Department filed a lawsuit against the state of California to halt three state laws that prohibit police and businesses from cooperating with federal agents.

Promise #5

Cancel Unconstitutional Executive Orders & Enforce All Immigration Laws


What's the Holdup?

Courts have intervened to delay the phase out of DACA, leaving Congress room to make the program permanent.

Why it's Important

Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals(DACA) is a program that can easily be abused, allowing illegal aliens to gain legal status under false pretenses.

What can I do?

Tell Congress to let DACA expire. Post "End DACA Now!"on social media and let your friends know!

Trump Promised to enforce all immigration laws

Status

In Progress

In September 2017, President Trump moved to restore the rule of law by rescinding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and ended the unconstitutional Deferred Action for Parents of Americans (DAPA) program for the parents of illegal aliens.

In addition, the Justice Department announced a 6-month phase-out of DACA. However, over a dozen states, the ACLU and DACA beneficiaries have filed lawsuits against the Trump administration for moving to end the program.

Two U.S. district courts have since enjoined, or halted, the government’s termination of DACA and a U.S. district court (in the District of Columbia) has twice issued orders striking down the termination of DACA and reinstating the original program. However, the court in DC partially “stayed” its order that vacated the Trump administration’s termination of the DACA program. As a result of court rulings, the Administration had been compelled to allow continued renewals.

The delay in ending DACA has spawned lawsuits that extend beyond the program itself. DACA beneficiaries are now suing US employers for denying them jobs because they aren’t citizens.

Promise #6

Restrict Entry to Individuals from Countries with Terrorist Ties/Reform Legal Immigration


WHAT'S THE HOLDUP?

There is no holdup!

WHY IT'S IMPORTANT

Illegal aliens are able to stay in the U.S. due to an overburdened court system. These reforms will restrict entry to potential terrorists and allow for quick deportation of illegal aliens to their home countries, and help reduce the huge backlog of roughly 700,000 asylum that allows many migrants to stay in the United States for several years.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Tell Congress they should support stronger vetting for immigrants, asylees, and refugees!

Promise 6 - Partially Complete

Status

Complete

After numerous court challenges, on June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled to uphold President Trump’s temporary restrictions on travelers from nations with ties or sympathies with terrorists. The justices voted 5-4 in Trump v. Hawaii that the ban was constitutional and is “squarely within the scope of presidential authority.”

The Trump administration  ended the Obama-era policy of awarding asylum to Central American migrants who claim “credible fear” of abuse by spouses or by criminal gangs. Since January 2018, court findings of credible fear have plummeted, according to a report by Syracuse University.

The Justice Department has announced the investiture of 46 immigration judges; acted to streamline the hiring process; and stopped the immigration-court practice of “Administrative Closure,” which overburdened judges used to discard deportation cases

On March 5, 2018, then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions formally vacated a 2014 decision that instructed immigration-court judges that they could rely on submitted written evidence to avoid full hearings in some deportation cases.

Promise #7

Ensure Other Countries Take Their People Back When We Order Them Deported


What's the Holdup?

No major holdups.

Why It's Important

If countries won't accept their own citizens back, U.S. immigration operatives can't act with efficiency. 

What Can I Do?

Post to social media and let people know that the Trump immigration policy is working!

Promise 7

Status

Initiated

President Trump's executive order on Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States suspends visas from countries that refuse to take back their citizens. So far, a combined effort from the Trump Administration, Department of Homeland Security and Department of State has cut the number of recalcitrant nations in half!

Promise #8

Finally Complete the Biometric Entry-Exit Visa Tracking System


What's the Holdup?

The administration is taking action to put biometric entry-exit in place at all ports-of-entry, but must secure adequate funding and support from Congress, relevant agencies and regulators.

Why it's Important

The biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is hardly a new idea. In fact, it was first required by Bill Clinton in 1996 as part of the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act and suggested again in 2004 by the 9/11 Commission. While the entry system needs improvement, the exit system is the real problem. In most cases, the federal government relies on good faith compliance by nonimmigrants leaving the country to notify them. Without enactment and enforcement, illegal aliens will continue to overstay their visas.

What Can I do?

Tell President Trump that implementing a biometric entry-exit visa tracking system is imperative to preventing another terrorist attack like September 11th, 2001. Flooding the offices of your local representatives with phone calls is the most effective way to be heard.

Promise 8 - In progress

Status

In Progress

Trump has called for the Department of Homeland Security Secretary to "expedite" the long-planned, but not-yet-implemented biometric exit system for travelers to the U.S. in an executive order. However, the administration hasn't taken any noticeable steps to put the program in place.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) recently has moved on to the second phase of testing for the Traveler Verification Service (TVS) used in its Biometric Entry/Exit system. The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) are testing biometric facial recognition and matching and have launched trials at a number of airports.

Promise #9

Turn Off the Jobs and Benefits Magnet


What's the Holdup?

Congress failed to pass the Legal Workforce Act which would have implemented E-Verify nationwide to ensure illegal aliens can't get jobs. Continued legislative efforts have been made, but well-financed special interests, including the Western Growers Association, have blocked those measures. The president still has not taken any noticeable steps to enforce the "public charge" doctrine.

Why it's Important

E-Verify is a system that allows employers to make sure their employees are authorized to work in the United States. Mandating E-verify would discourage would-be immigrants from entering the country illegally and without the ability to work, and it also provides an additional means to identify illegal aliens who could pose a threat to American citizens.

What can I do?

Sign up for updates of our latest campaign.

Promise 9 - Stalled

Status

Stalled

The Trump administration is continuing to improve E-Verify, including "delivering a modernized Status Verification System, which manages cases for employees who are not found work authorized immediately."

Congress failed to pass the Legal Workforce Act which would have implemented E-Verify nationwide to ensure illegal aliens can't get jobs. Continued legislative efforts have been made, but well-financed special interests, including the Western Growers Association, have blocked those measures.

The Department of Homeland Security proposed a rule on September 21 that would enforce the "public charge" doctrine. This would will clearly define long-standing law to ensure immigrants who enter and remain in the U.S. can support themselves financially and will not be a burden to the public benefits system.

The Trump Administration is working to protect American workers by acting to reform  various visa programs, including H-1B, which disadvantage native workers by allowing companies to exploit immigrant labor by paying them extremely low wages. They also have attempted to limit the number of visas issued each year and restrict family members of workers from getting visas.

Promise #10

Reduce Overall Immigration and Make it Merit-Based


What's the Holdup?

Congress hasn't passed legislation that will completely overhaul our legal immigration system to make it merit-based.

Why It's Important

Adopting a merit-based immigration system would ensure that only immigrants who have the education and skills to succeed in 21st century America could come to the United States. By requiring prospective immigrants to meet a specific set of criteria before even being considered for admission, overall levels of immigration would be reduced.

What Can I do?

Tell Congress you support adopting a merit-based immigration system.

Promise 10

Issue

Initiated

In 2017, Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the RAISE Act (S. 1720) that cuts legal immigration by 50% by ending chain migration and limiting family-based immigration to just the nuclear family (spouse and minor children).

The billed failed, although similar legislation may be proposed during the 116th Congress.

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