AILA: Trump Immigration Policy Could Damage U.S. Economy

The President of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA), William A. Stock, has declared that Donald Trump’s proposed immigration policy will inflict serious harm on the United States economy by making it more difficult for American business to hire employees, separate American families, and waste investments Americans have made in hundreds of thousands of young immigrants attempting to obtain the American dream.

President Stock said in a speech in response to the presidential candidate’s immigration platform:

“What is wrong with his plan? It’s about cracking down hard on immigrants, which has been tried and failed since 1996. At this point, America’s immigration system is holding America back.” He continued, “Small and big business owners across the country should be wondering ‘how in the world am I going to hire the workers I need to stay competitive?’ American families waiting to reunify with their loved ones should be angry that Donald Trump’s plan assume their relatives will never succeed in the way they did, so would gut the family immigration categories. He called for keeping immigration levels at ‘historic norms,’ but the last time Congress updated immigration levels was a generation ago. Our country cannot afford to be stuck with last century’s immigration policy in perpetuity.”

AILA Executive Director, Benjamin Johnson, backs President Stock’s stance:

He states that today’s immigrants, along with undocumented ones, are learning English and quickly advancing the wage and income ladders than any other generation of immigrants in U.S. history. Johnson also said, “They are buying homes, starting businesses and integrating into their communities at unprecedented rates. The portrait of America and immigrants that [Trump] painted bears absolutely no resemblance to what most Americans see and experience. Rather than seeking to better manage immigration as a powerful resource, his proposals focus entirely on new ways to keep immigrants out.”

The mission of the AILA is a national association of immigration lawyers established to promote justice, advocate for fair and reasonable immigration law and policy, advance the quality of immigration and nationality law and practice, and enhance the professional development of its members.

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