Guyana examining new US immigration policies

Create: 03/02/2017 - 06:24

GEORGETOWN, Guyana (CMC) — Guyana has been discussing the possible effects of the new immigration policies of the Donald Trump administration in the United States.

Director of the Foreign Service Institute here, Ambassador Ronald Austin,

said that recent decisions on immigration by President Trump, “will have an

immediate impact on our lives.

“We have to, I think first of all, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and I think throughout

the Government of Guyana, decide how we respond to the emergence of President

Trump and the consequences of his policies,” Austin said.

“This is not abstract foreign policy, this is direct consequences of a man who has

decided to change the way the United States sees the world, and in particular as far

as the immigrant population is concerned in the United States.”

Last week, the US Department of Homeland Security revealed plans for the

enforcement of immigration laws that have been deemed aggressive and

discriminatory against Muslims.

In addition, the new policies expand the Federal government’s ability to

empower state and local law enforcement agencies to perform the functions of

immigration officers.

US President Trump is likely to sign a new immigration executive order on

Wednesday, a day after addressing lawmakers at a joint session of Congress.

A government statement noted that the vice chancellor and principal of the

University of Guyana, Professor Ivelaw Griffith, made a presentation to the staff

of the Foreign Service Institute titled: ‘The emerging Trump Administration

Foreign Policy and dynamics related to Guyana and the Caribbean’.

Caribbean Community leaders at their recently concluded intersessional summit

here, said that they were still anticipating continued good relationship with

Washington under the Trump administration.

 

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