Immigrants in the United States of America: A Comparative Study Between The Period Of Presidency Of Obama And Trump

Anisha Mishra
Symbiosis Law School, Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

Volume I, Issue III, 2018

Immigration plays a vital role in determining the flow of trade, ideas, information and people. Looking back at some historical events like the colonization of America, immigration of foreigners because of war or internal disturbance in their countries and other similar events, an inference can be drawn that they have helped in shaping the present United States. Hypothetically, if people stopped moving to other places it would result in a stagnant phase in the world’s economy, as the movement of people facilitates exchange of goods, services, information and also strengthens international relations.

One prominent leader of United States who contributed to the nation’s economy as well as immigration policies is Barrack Obama. Termed as the nation’s first African-American President, Obama held the office of President from 2009 to 2017. Immigration Policies being an important matter of concern for United States was also a subject on which President Obama took action upon. President Obama implemented Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy to protect those immigrants who had migrated to United States below the age of sixteen years. Further, he also supported the bill for DREAM Act but the legislature refused to pass it. Even though he took several positive action for immigrants, the rate of deportations escalated during his first term of presidency.

The present President of United States is critiqued for his rude remarks and spontaneous actions all over the world. In his one year of serving as the President of United States, Donald Trump has made more headlines than any other President of United States. After Donald trump became the President, the RAISE Act was passed that aims to raise job quality and opportunities for the Americans. Till now in his term the deportation of Somalis has increased by almost fifty percent and he has also imposed a travel ban from counties like Iran, Iraq et cetera. There are many differences that can be seen between Obama and Trump and their respective Immigration policies. Keeping in view the impact these political leaders have made in the Immigration Policies of United States this research project will critically study and highlight the differences between the Executive Orders and Policies undertaken by them.


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