Immigration Laws and return to Conservatism in the USA: What it means to India and China

Immigration Laws and return to Conservatism in the USA:

What it means to India and China

Dr. Anjali Sahay, Gannon University, Pennsylvania, USA

Date: 15th July 2017 at 3 p.m

Venue: Room No: 344, SIS II, JNU


Hundred days into his Presidency President Trump, true to his campaign promises, started about the overhauling of the immigration laws in the country.  Analysts and observers had hoped that Trump would not be as stringent immigration laws as what he had promised as candidate Trump.  Among his executive orders were instructions for a border wall, an order to withhold funding from sanctuary cities that are noncompliant with U.S. immigration law, and the hiring of “10,000 additional immigration officers.”Trump also signed a revised executive order in March 2017 which placed temporary travel restrictions on residents of six Muslim countries the Obama administration and Congress had designated as posing risks of terrorism.  Furthermore, Trump signed an executive order on stricter enforcement and review of the H1B visa - popular in the technology industry to bring "highly skilled" foreign workers into the US, typically at a price advantage.

With these immigration laws under revision, many countries were impacted: Mexico, the said six Muslim countries, and India a beneficiary of the H1B visas.  The rhetoric of these policies changes alone were alarming to many countries around the world.  In this discussion we hope to assess the long term impact of these changes and analyze whether this would mean a return to conservatism in US immigration policies.


Dr. Anjali Sahay is currently working in a tenured position as Associate Professor of International Relations and Political Science at Gannon University, Pennsylvania, USA since 2008 and has been appointed as Program Director of the International Studies Program (undergraduate) as well as Director of the Model UN Program. Prior to this worked as Visiting Assistant Professor of International Relations at East Carolina University, North Carolina, USA from 2006 - 2008. She received her doctoral degree in International Studies from Old Dominion University, Virginia, USA and her Bachelors and Masters degree in History from Delhi University, New Delhi, India. Her book titled: Indian Diaspora in the United States: Brain Drain or Gain? Was released in 2009. Anjali Sahay has been twice awarded Gannon President's "Excellence in Teaching with Technology" award in 2012 (First Prize) and in 2015 (2nd Prize)

Time and Place:

Date:   Saturday, Jul 15, 2017
Venue:   JNU
Address:   JNU
City/Twon:   New Delhi
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