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Sorry, We Are Closed: The United States Has Hit The Trump Imposed Immigration Quota

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50,000. This is a number of immigrants the US will admit in one year due to the new GOP. In mid-June, this quota was hit and will result in major issues for people seeking refuge into the US. Trump’s new quota, which was included in the new travel ban, has decreased immigrant admissions from 110,000 to 50,000, slashing it by 50%. As this number is a historically low cap for immigrant admission meaning this is a very easy quota to fill. Under President Barack Obama in 2016 alone admitted about 85,000 immigrants into the United States, and almost half were Muslims.

To gain access into the United States as an immigrant, one will have to wait until the beginning of the next fiscal year, which begins October 1st. Even those who have been accepted into the United States will have to wait this long as well, or possibly longer. The average processing time is 7-8 months for the visa petition to be approved by the Immigration Service; 1-3 months to receive a set of forms from the Department of State known as Packet 3; and 2-4 months until an interview is scheduled at the American Consulate.

This policy specifically shines a light on President Trump’s thoughts on immigration, as he is not doing what is best for the United States and those seeking refuge, but is acting on a personal platform of believing that those he feels are “dangerous outsiders”, should not be allowed into the United States. He has stated in the past that “there will be no amnesty”, making the United States almost inaccessible to immigrants. He also states

“It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.”

This though is not particularly true. The Syrian refugee crisis demonstrated the largest increase of immigrants into the nation of Germany, which is a sovereign. Within 2015 alone, Germany admitted 2 million immigrants. Germany did not pick and choose which people were to enter the country, and they are still thriving today with ten times less debt than the United States, and in overall more stable condition.

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