Just like the 1930s and 40s in the United States, the US President Trump is now fighting to drastically reduce the number of legal immigrants. So the 37 million immigrants allowed into the US from 1990 to 2015 will fall dramatically. Currently there are 46 million American citizens who were born overseas and according to Yale University, approximately 23 million illegals are now in the United States, most coming since the 1990s.
For reference the number of immigrants in the 1880s to 1900 were 100,000 plus per year with the 1900 to 1915 period brining in 200,000 per year as base numbers, sometimes jumping to 300,000 per year in that same period. However, when waves of immigrants come to America after WWI, until 1920, one would just show up and walk in, saying to immigration officials that you had a cousin in Chicago or San Francisco.
Then in the 1930s and 1940s, the US shut down immigration to a slow 50,000 to 60,000 a year, with the percentage of foreign born US citizens in 1950 dropping to 4.5%, from a high of 20% in the 1930s. The 1930s and 40s was a period in which the US government and more importantly, the US population had a deep distrust for immigrants and as such slammed the door on this.
President Trump wants to slam the door not because he dislikes immigrants, but because he dislikes the one sided stance of immigration. Immigrants come, learn, build businesses and live the American dream – the become Americans.
We make it crystal clear at Classiarius that the idea of limited immigration with aggressive assimilation is the only way to win the support of the people. Think about the success of Elon Musk (Tesla, Pay Pal, SpaceX), Steve Jobs (Apple), Donald Trump (President), Barack Obama (President), as well as Youtube, Bank of America, Google and over 200 world class companies in the United States that were started by immigrants or their children.
You may not agree with the politics Ted Cruz or Marco Rubio but Ted was born in Calgary, Canada and has embraced American values like his father who was born in Cuba. Rubio has two parents born in Cuba, both moving to Las Vegas, working in manual labor jobs and sending their son to a top law school who then ran for president.
President Trump has applied pressure on all forms of refugees and immigrants with the total number from 2000 being about 1.1 million per year, with Mr Trump reducing the total to about 900,000, the lowest number since the 1990s. Mr Trump does have limited reach but the number is said to be dropping to 500,000 to 600,000 in 2020 and beyond if Mr Trump is re-elected.
According to sources the view is to continue to allow a majority of immigrants from Asia, with fewer from Latin America, Europe and Africa. Until recently, the numbers allocated to regions were 100,000 from Africa, 450,000 from Asia, 100,000 from Europe, 400,000 from Latin America and 100,000 from the Middle East, mainly Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Kuwait, Israel, and UAE. These numbers have been in place from 2000, but the changes started in 2016 after the Trump election.