We at CIS have been following 9 totally different month-to-month migration measures to weigh the mixed affect of the Covid-19 restrictions and the overall policies of the Trump administration. Newly obtained August knowledge reveals substantial reductions within the measured flows when in comparison with August 2019, and continues to point out that the reductions are uneven, as earlier than.
Legal border crossings from Mexico proceed to be down by half from August 2019 knowledge, whereas they’ve been diminished by greater than 96 % on the northern border. Meanwhile, H-2A farmworker visas from Mexico have been diminished by solely about three % from the prior August; 5 of the opposite six measures, together with world immigrant and world nonimmigrant visa issuances have been diminished by 83 % to 91 %.
Impact of Trump Policy and Covid-19 on Select
|H-2A (Farmworker) Visas
Issued in Mexico
|Border Crossings from Mexico,
Five Largest Ports of Entry
|Immigrant Visas, World-Wide*||38,090||6,108||-83.90%|
|Nonimmigrant Visas, World-Wide||742,011||94,416||-87.30%|
|Issuances of E-2 (Nonimmigrant Investor)
Visas in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy
|Ok-1 (Fiancée) Visas Issued in Philippines,
|H-2B (Non-Ag, Unskilled) Visas Issued
in Mexico and Jamaica
|Border Crossings from Canada, Five
Largest Ports of Entry
Sources: Various authorities databases, equivalent to DHS, DOT, and State. When numbers
* This quantity could seem like deceptive, as it could counsel 456,000 immigrants a
The July and August knowledge show few obvious modifications, with one exception. While there have been solely 5 E-2 (Treaty Investor) visas issued in Canada, Great Britain, and Italy in July 2020, that quantity jumped to 110 in August 2020; that change mirrored selections made by U.S. posts in these three nations. Still, the variety of E-2 visas in these nations dropped 87.6 % from final August to this August.
The writer is grateful to CIS intern Jackson Koonce for his analysis help.