Going along with Trump’s strict immigration policies, about two-thirds of US states have joined the fight to put an end to illegal immigration and sanctuary cities. Following Texas, the first state to adopt laws blocking cities from giving sanctuary to illegals, 32 other states have begun passing similar legislation. As of May 8, 24 states were considering passing anti-sanctuary bills. The article quotes the increase in anti-sanctuary laws and states crackdown on illegal immigration as “a sweeping national move that would bolster the administrations effort even if it loses in the supreme court.” While the main focus remains on the removal of illegals with criminal records, states have targeted any undocumented immigrant as well.
As a result of the US crackdown in immigration the Federal Reserve is worried about the countries economic growth. The Fed is concerned that the new strict policies are depriving companies of workers. Employers throughout the US have reported having difficulty filling skilled positions. This is a direct result of Trumps policies, which have resulted in a 38% increase in arrests of undocumented immigrants in his first 100 days. Companies have reportedly had to raise wages by almost 10% in order to attract and retain workers. The Fed is calling for a reform in immigration policies to replace workers as the baby boomer generation enters retirement. The labor supply shortage and underemployment in the US will begin to lead to under productivity and slow GDP growth.