Immigration? While Trump Discourages, Trudeau Encourages by Timothy Bakken

It’s no secret that President Trump is trying to make it as difficult as possible for immigrants to come to the United States.  Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau has been doing exactly the opposite. In fact, Canada has created a fast-track immigration process for high-skilled workers. To maintain a vibrant, innovative, and creative U.S. economy, Trump should follow Trudeau’s lead. Read the whole article here. 

Most Americans Reject Travel Ban by Timothy Bakken

Two different versions of Trump’s travel ban have been put on hold by federal courts, and it seems unlikely that it will take effect anytime in the near future. A recent poll summarized by the New York Times reveals that most Americans do not agree with the travel ban. Trump will undoubtedly continue to push for his travel ban, despite his and the ban’s unpopularity, and despite the serious concerns that the ban violates the U.S. Constitution - let’s hope the Supreme Court agrees with the American public.

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

DACA Lives on! by Timothy Bakken

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced that DACA will continue.  To quote the DHS: “DACA recipients will continue to be eligible as outlined in the June 15, 2012 memorandum…No work permits will be terminated prior to their current expiration dates.”  The good news is buried in a DHS memo announcing the official rescission of DAPA (Obama’s proposed program to protect undocumented parents of U.S. citizens and permanent residents).

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

Why Refugees Should be Welcome in America by Timothy Bakken

President Trump wants to cut the number of refugees welcome in the United States in less than half from 110,000 to 50,000. However, his new plan will only hurt the United States. Not only is it illegal under the Refugee Act of 1980, but it also hurts the United States economy. For example, studies show that refugees are more likely than any other sector of the general population to start a business. Not to mention the fact that other countries such as Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey are bearing the brunt of Syrian refugees which is destabilizing these nations even further. The vetting process for refugees to come to the United States is already very thorough, and we cannot give in to the fear of terrorism and turn a blind eye to the tens of thousands of people who are being turned away. Read the full New York Times article here. 

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

The Truth Behind Immigration and Outsourcing: Immigration Keeps Jobs in the U.S. by Timothy Bakken

Immigration helps keep jobs in the U.S. rather than losing them to other countries, especially when it comes to IT jobs, as explained by this Forbes article.  In fact, at many American universities the majority of graduate students in engineering and computer science are international students who hope to work in the U.S. in highly skilled and technical positions. The more high-skilled visa workers that we have here, the less need we have to send work abroad to be performed by high-skilled workers located outside the U.S.  Employment of high-skilled workers in the U.S. strengthens American companies and creates more jobs in the U.S. We should not give in to xenophobia and our laws should welcome and encourage immigration of intelligent, ambitious, educated, highly skilled, and creative individuals from throughout the world.

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder

Will DACA Die? Hundreds of Thousands Afraid of Deportation by Timothy Bakken

Young adults who came to the United States as children fear being deported to their home country under the new Presidential administration. Jessica Colotl tells her story of coming to the United States as an 11-year-old with her undocumented family and the challenges she has faced as a result. The futures of over 750,000 DACA recipients like Jessica are more uncertain than ever. To read the full story from Politico, click here

Timothy R. Bakken
Founder