More Immigration Restrictions Coming under President Trump

By Atty. Crispin Caday Lozano

The Republican Congress is trying to limit the ability of U.S. citizens and Permanent Resident to petition for their parents, their adult sons and daughters and their brothers and sisters.  This is what they termed “chain migration”.  With Congress and Senate in the hands of the Republicans, these plan is very possible under the Trump Administration.  In the last session of the Senate, this plan was presented in exchange for the legalization of the Dreamers, but the Senate were not able to reach a deal.

In another front, President Trump released his formal budget request to Congress for Fiscal Year (FY) 2019, which doubles down on his aggressive immigration enforcement agenda.

The proposed budget seeks to fund the border wall, as well as increase funding for immigration enforcement, detention, and deportations. Much of it mirrors the yet-to-be-passed FY 2018 funding request, which has left Congress passing multiple continuing budget resolutions in order to fund the government for weeks or months at a time.

Typically, when a president submits their budget request for the upcoming year, it marks the start of the annual process where Congress introduces bills to fund the government for the year ahead. In March, Congress traditionally begins holding hearings and writing appropriations bills to fund the different government agencies, with the 2019 FY officially beginning on October 1, 2018.

The president’s FY 2019 budget request includes massive increases to immigration enforcement, $1.6 billion of which would go to constructing 65 miles of new “border wall system” in South Texas. The White House says this $1.6 billion is part of an overall request of $18 billion they believe is needed to build the entire border wall system.

There is also a $211 million request to recruit, hire, and train 750 more Border Patrol agents, a move toward fulfilling President Trump’s 2017 executive order calling for 5,000 additional hires to the agency.

The budget also includes a massive increase in the number of detention beds, asking Congress to fund 52,000 detention beds next year. In recent years, Congress funded the Department of Homeland Security to maintain an average of 34,000 immigration detention. Last year, that number rose to an average of 38,000 beds, but Trump’s budget would drastically ramp it up nearly 40 percent to these historically high levels.

To make sure those detention beds are filled, the budget request also seeks an additional $571 million to hire 2,000 additional Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) personnel, as well as 1,300 additional support staff. Last year, the president asked Congress to fund an additional 1,000 ICE agents, to no avail.

Finally, like last year, the budget requests a nearly 20 percent increase in immigration court funding to pay for 75 additional immigration judge teams.

Note:   This is not a legal advice and presented for information purposes only.


  1. For the week ending February 9, 2018, we received approvals of one I-485, one N-400, one I-90 and one I-751.
  2. On January 12, 2018, we received an approval of immigrant visa at the U.S. Consulate Manila for an alien who applied for I-601-A as one who entered as a seaman.
  3. On January 10, 2018, we received an approval form USCIS of a self petition for abused spouse based on same sex marriage.
  4. On January 3, 2018, we received an approval from the Immigration Court for a waiver of misrepresentation for a client who was charged with misrepresentation in marriage;
  5. On December 15, 2017, we received an approval from USCIS for an adjustment of status for same sex marriage for an applicant who entered without inspection but has Sec. 245 (i).
  6. On November 16, 2017, we received an approval from Immigration Court for a waiver of misrepresentation for entering as single daughter of U.S. citizen but actually married.
  7. On October 25, 2017, we received an approval of I-485 adjustment of status for our client who has a DUI but has proof that he has cleared his record.
  8. On October 20, 2017, we received an approval of naturalization for a client who was granted a waiver of misrepresentation in Immigration Court.
  9. On October 16, 2017, we received from USCIS an approval for an adjustment of status for same sex marriage, after two scheduled interviews.
  10. On October 9, 2017, we received an approval from USCIS for adjustment of status for a client who entered as a seaman but has Sec. 245 (i) eligibility.
  11. On October 2, 2017, we received an approval of adjustment of status from USCIS for a client who entered without inspection but has Sec. 245(i).
  12. For the week ending September 15, 2017, we received three Immigrant Visa Approvals in U.S. Embassy Manila for three applicants who entered as seaman under the Provisional Waiver Program.

If you have immigration problems the Law Offices of Crispin C. Lozano can help you find a solution before your problem gets worse which could lead to deportation and family separation.

Crispin Caday Lozano, Esq. is an active member of the State Bar of California, the American Immigration Lawyers Association and San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association.  He specializes in immigration law and personal injury.  For free consultation email or call ( / 1-877-456-9266)

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