How Trump’s Immigration Plan Could Impact Buffalo

January 29, 2018. This article discusses the impacts of Trump administration’s decision on a policy to replace the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and the cut to legal immigration and the family reunification immigration policy, also known as “chain migration.” The Trump administration wants to change to a skill-based immigration system. The article outlines the devastating effects that upstate cities such as Buffalo, and other rustbelt cities will endure. These include farmworker labor shortages for farms who use seasonal immigrant workers, population decline and a decline in business growth. It goes on to discuss how Trump’s bill is misleading and controversial because although Dreamers are granted a pathway to citizenship, it tears families apart and pits parents and their children against each other.

But to hear immigration experts tell it, Trump’s proposal is otherwise a nightmare – for cities like Buffalo that depend on immigration to stem population loss, for current immigrants who want to reunite with family, and for farmers and other business people who hope immigration can solve their labor shortages.

“It’s great news for one group – the Dreamers – but bad news for lots of other people,” said David Dyssegaard Kallick, deputy director and director of immigration research at the Fiscal Policy Institute, a left-leaning Albany think tank. “And it’s especially bad news for places like Buffalo, which have depended on refugees and other immigrants to revitalize the economy and the population.”

Kallick, who worked on a study finding that the number of immigrant-owned businesses more than doubled in Buffalo between 2000 and 2013, fears that sort of growth will be cut off if immigration is curtailed.

“This change would make a huge difference, especially in places where population growth is such a challenge,” he said.

Here is the link to The Buffalo News.

 

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