An Obscure Trump Administration Policy that Needlessly Harms Americans

Laws often have unintended consequences. Sometimes, good government officials adopt interpretations of the law designed to mitigate those unintended consequences. But sometimes, the most anti-immigrant politician in recent memory directs his subordinates to adopt policies that undermine those mitigation efforts and harm United States citizens and lawful permanent residents in the process. Follow me into the immigration policy weeds and let me tell you about the stateside waiver process and how the Trump Administration is effectively nullifying it for a subset of immigrants. In 1996, Congress overhauled the immigration laws and codified harsh consequences for immigration law violators. One...

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