U.S. Immigration Policy under Trump: Deep Changes and Lasting Impacts

7/18 Report from the Migration Policy Institute. U.S. immigration policy has undergone a sea change since the inauguration of Donald Trump in January 2017. Although his public statements have largely focused on a few major objectives toward which he has made only limited headway”such as building a wall along the entirety of the U.S.-Mexico border”the administration has taken other steps to redefine U.S. immigration policies that are less visible but no less important.

This report examines the wide range of changes the Trump administration has set in motion, from enhanced enforcement measures and new application vetting requirements, to cuts in refugee admissions and the scaling back of temporary protections for some noncitizens.