This story was originally published in the January 12, 2018 issue of The Slant. Want Asian American news, media and culture in your inbox every week? Subscribe here.
Let’s make like The Cure and talk about this frickin’ week.
MONDAY: Trump says H1-B visa holders don’t have to leave once their visa expires, although the visa might be reduced from 3 years to 1. (82% of H1-B visas in 2016 went to China and India.) But he’s also ending the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) program, which shelters refugees, like 200,000 El Salvadorans and 45,000 Haitians now forced to leave. More on Haiti later.
TUESDAY: Trump meets with congressional leaders and seems to suggest he’ll sign any bipartisan plan, forgetting his own stance on undocumented immigrants. Judge Alsup orders the administration to uphold DACA in the short term.
WEDNESDAY: The high point of the emotional rollercoaster was short-lived, as ICE conducted early morning raids on nearly 100 7-Elevens across the country, the biggest Trump-era raid so far. I want to get off Mr. Bones’ Wild Ride.
THURSDAY: *cracks knuckles* At a meeting with lawmakers to continue the discussions from Tuesday, Trump surprises no one when he interrupts a conversation on protecting Haitian immigrants by asking why we would want people from “shithole countries”. Takes one to know one.
Immigration will be an issue for the rest of this administration. And while there may be some small victories (and maybe even a big one!), factions abound within the immigrant community, with too many legal channels that can kick them out.
We need to stay vigilant if we want to look out for our community. Watch this space.
—Jessica Yi and Andrew Hsieh, editors, who probably shouldn’t be quoted as implying the president’s a shithole