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After NYC Bombing, Trump Calls for End of ‘Chain Migration’

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Trump Takes Aim at Two Key Immigration Initiatives

President Donald Trump announced on December 12, 2017, that he intends to press Congress to end the practice of offering preferred immigration status to family members of those already in the U.S. legally. Trump referred to this policy as chain migration and argued that it presents real risks for national security, citing a recent attempt to bomb the New York City subway system as an example of the danger posted by individuals who enter the country thanks to their familial relationship with someone legally in residence here.

The Case of Akayed Ullah

On December 11, 2017, a 27-year-old immigrant from Bangladesh attempted to detonate a bomb in a New York City subway. Akayed Ullah was unsuccessful in his attempt, which resulted in serious injuries to Ullah and five other people. Immigration authorities indicated that Ullah entered the U.S. about seven years ago under the provisions of a program designed to offer visas to children or siblings of current legal residents of the U.S. Trump has expressed his intention to end this program of extended-family chain migration, which he considers a serious security risk for the country.

Taking Aim at Immigration and Chain Migration

Trump has also expressed opposition to the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, which allows up to 50,000 randomly selected individuals to enter the U.S. legally each year. He cited the October 31, 2017, truck attack in Manhattan by Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov, an Uzbekistan native who received a diversity visa about seven years ago. Trump has pushed for merit-based immigration policies as a suitable replacement for the random selection process currently in use under the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program.

The Importance of Legal Representation

For many immigrants currently living and working in the U.S., finding a qualified New York immigration lawyer to represent their case can provide added peace of mind and improved prospects for their continued residency in this country. The right representation can make a big difference in the possible outcomes of these proceedings, especially given the current political climate in the United States.

At Pozo Goldstein, we can provide you with the right New York immigration lawyer to represent your interests both in and out of court. We have proven experience in the field of immigration and deportation defense with two former immigration prosecutors and a former judge on our staff. Call us today at 212-201-9031 to schedule your free, no-obligation in-office consultation. We look forward to the chance to serve you.