On the campaign trail, President Trump’s immigration rhetoric intensified the national debate on immigration and, thus, increased the possibility of significant immigration-related activity shortly after he takes office. Although President Trump continues his pledge to build a wall on the Mexican border, there are many business-related immigration areas that may change under a Trump administration.

For example, President Trump indicated during his campaign that he would vacate all of the Obama administration’s executive orders, which would include the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the Deferred Action for Parents of Americans. He also stated that he wanted to revamp the H-1B program because it took jobs away from Americans. In this regard, the Obama administration recently announced new regulations designed to benefit highly skilled workers and their employers. Will the Trump administration seek to rescind them?

Throughout his campaign, President Trump also repeatedly promised to enhance the current U.S. immigration vetting process to prevent terrorists and criminals from entering the country. If the vetting process for foreign nationals applying for U.S. visas is materially changed, this may significantly delay the immigration process for everyone. With its emphasis on immigration enforcement and a sympathetic Congress, the Trump administration might also push for nationwide E-Verify and increase the amount of worksite enforcement significantly.

The national Immigration Law Group at Epstein Becker Green will be monitoring all developments in these and other areas of immigration law.

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