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No Immigration Surprises in President’s Proposed Budget

Mandatory E-Verify, Boosted Enforcement Among Priority Requests
5.25.17

President Trump’s proposed budget released by the White House earlier this week contains no real surprises when it comes to the immigration provisions. The budget supports President Trump’s promises to increase immigration enforcement, build a physical wall on the nation’s southern border, limit refugees, and reform the immigration system. Further, the budget requests the funds to implement the items contained in the president’s immigration executive orders signed in January.

What do employers need to know about the immigration aspects of the proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2018? 

Immigration Budget Proposals

Among the specific immigration proposals put forth by the president, the following would impact employers if approved by Congress and included in the finalized FY 2018 budget:

What Does This Mean For Employers?

This proposed budget should be considered further evidence to all employers that the Trump administration is serious about aggressively enforcing current immigration laws and expanding them if necessary, especially in relation to security and protecting U.S. jobs.   

Whether these aspects of the proposed budget pass in their current form, employers should be prepared for increased worksite immigration enforcement, including I-9 audits, raids, Department of Justice investigations, and criminal investigations and prosecutions. In order to be prepared, employers should review their immigration compliance policies and practices, conduct a Form I-9 audit, and provide training to their employees on immigration compliance issues. 

We will continue to monitor the status of this proposed budget and will provide further updates as events warrant. Please be sure to regularly review our Cross Border Employer Blog for updates about these and other developments. If you have any questions about how this proposed budget might affect your business, please contact any member of our Global Immigration Practice Group, or your regular Fisher Phillips attorney.


This Legal Alert provides an overview of a recent budgetary proposal. It is not intended to be, and should not be construed as, legal advice for any particular fact situation.

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