White Paper

Overview American politics following the 2000 election exist in a state which can only fairly be judged through reflection, as changes had occurred both incredibly fast and with long-standing consequences whose impacts are only laid bare years after their implementation. This period has long been defined through both the culmination of increasing global immigration patternsContinue reading “White Paper”

Trump’s America: Immigration

Decades of Rising Tensions Resulting in Ineffective Rhetoric-Driven Policies It is inadmissible and ignorant to think that the world’s vast changes in the past 20 years hasn’t had an impact on immigration, or human migration as a whole. In fact, since 1970 America has seen an ever-increasing number of immigrants (Budiman, 2020), which has thuslyContinue reading “Trump’s America: Immigration”

About Our Analysts

The analysts for American Immigration policies during the Fall of 2020 are some of George Mason’s brightest young men and women. Hailing from a variety of backgrounds, their approaches to immigration often clash, while all serving the needs of American everywhere. Amongst them, these young professionals represent a variety of political agendas which don’t alignContinue reading “About Our Analysts”

Action Memo

The issues surrounding the American immigration system are complex, and there is no blanket solution which will be appeasing down both sides of the aisle. As we have seen over the past decade, conservatives are traditionally more opposed to immigration, whereas their liberal counterparts seek less constriction on immigration law. This author’s proposal for policyContinue reading “Action Memo”

Legislative History Post

A history of the Trump administration’s policies, from conception to action January 20th 2017, Trump is inaugurated into office after having run on a platform utilizing immigration-critical rhetoric. January 25th 2017, Trump signs executive orders to call for the construction of a border wall along the US/Mexico border, and simultaneously introduce fines for municipalities protecting non-citizens (sanctuary cities).  JanuaryContinue reading “Legislative History Post”

Fact Sheet Post

The rhetoric of the Trump administration has been starkly anti-immigration (Arce, 2019) and its policies have been successful in achieving its goals. Trump is famously quoted with saying that Mexico is sending rapists and drug dealers, and this rhetoric further economic divides across ethnic backgrounds by falsely (Immigrants and the Economy 2020) claiming that immigrants are stealing jobs (Arce, 2019).Continue reading “Fact Sheet Post”

Decisions Memo

Less Dramatic Changes, or, Why This Author’s Second Option Would Better Suit the American Workforce Adjusting the visa rules less drastically than the Trump Administration’s October 6th changes will achieve similar results without the potentially catastrophic impact on American Industry. Because current rules are built on faulty economic theory (Baron, 2020), adjusting the wage changes basedContinue reading “Decisions Memo”

Options Memo

The Trump administration’s actions towards immigrants, or non-American born peoples has been starkly conservative, and is regularly accused of being discriminatory. This author has looked at the most recently applied change in rules for the H-1B visas and will be outlining several options which would result in a similar benefit for the American workforce, withoutContinue reading “Options Memo”

Findings Memo

When discussing the policies surrounding the American Immigration system in Trump’s America, it is paramount to discuss both the intended and actual impacts of those policy decisions. The Trump administration has pushed to ban immigration from several Muslim majority countries, end Chain Migration, change the visa system, and construct a border wall along America’s borderContinue reading “Findings Memo”

Background Memo

2000-2008 The Bush Administration The Bush administration had effectively doubled its spending on border control between 2001 and 2007, from $4.6 to $10.4 billion dollars (President Bush’s Plan For Comprehensive Immigration Reform). During that same period, the administration had doubled the number of border patrol agents and mobilized over 6,000 members of the national guard toContinue reading “Background Memo”