Trump Administration’s shifting immigration policies raising concerns


MCALLEN — To protect American workers, President Donald Trump signed a temporary executive order targeting those seeking to immigrate into the U.S.

“The clients are concerned, asking how is this going to affect me? How is this gonna affect my family?,” said Attorney Frank Guerra. 

The phones have been ringing at Guerra’s office since President Trump signed an executive order temporarily suspending immigration into the U.S.

“This will ensure that unemployed Americans of all backgrounds will be first in line for jobs as our economy reopens crucially; it will also preserve our healthcare resources for American patients,” said Trump in a press conference Wednesday evening. 

“One of the things that I find very interesting that the president stated yesterday is that his administration would review during the 60 days whether it wanted to lift the executive ban or whether to extend it,” said Guerra. “That’s beside the point that the courts have yet to form an opinion as to whether it should be put into effect or not.”

So what does this order mean for people already in the process of immigrating to the U.S. or seeking a non-immigrant temporary worker visa? 

“If they were scheduled for an interview, they should only see this as a temporary pause and a delay, nothing is canceled, no deportation of any kind is going to go on,” said Guerra. 

Guerra says delays are expected for those looking to renew applications. 

“Your renewal application may be delayed, applications, in general, will be delayed but those who currently hold an Immigrant Visa, those that hold a legal permanent resident [card] in the United States should not worry, they would not be affected by the order.”

The attorney adds that refugees and individuals seeking asylum are not affected by the temporary executive order.

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