Post-Election Message to our Clients
The United States has a new President Elect. On November 9, 2016, the country, and the world, woke up to a President Elect Donald J. Trump, who will be governing a Republican-controlled Senate, a Republican-controlled House, and will be charged with the responsibility of filling at least one Supreme Court vacancy during his tenure, likely with a very conservative Justice.
President Elect Trump made a very restrictive immigration policy a central tenet of his campaign, a message that appeared to resonate with a significant portion of the electorate. His promises of change, of offering employment opportunities to a sector of American society which feels disenfranchised, may well have led to his victory.
Regardless of how one feels about the results of the elections, it behooves us to pay attention to the frustrations this very divisive election unearthed. From a humanitarian perspective and an economic one, how we respond and how we proceed will define us as a nation.
For our take on the impact of the elections on U.S. immigration, please see: The Impact of the U.S. Presidential Election on Business Immigration Issues.
To the foreign national community especially, please note that it is not uncommon for pre-election promises to face obstacles. Many of the policies and actions promised by any president elect may never come to fruition because of practical, economic, or political infeasibility. Although we will have a Republican-controlled Senate and House, it is a divided party which may well refuse to support all of the President Elect’s initiatives. Further, the fact that Congressional representatives will face mid-term elections during which they must be accountable to constituents, again a divided group, indicates the executive will not simply be given a blank check. Lastly, any proposal for changes in the law will take time. Even executive actions require a significant period of planning and implementation; new regulations require a process governed by the Administrative Procedures Act; renegotiating treaties can take years. We will continue to monitor the situation, and advise clients of both the possible changes, and the definitive ones, with as much advance notice as possible.
At LAC our family joins our clients and our community in turning our attention to where we are as a nation, where we are going, and doing our best to ensure we are part of a viable solution. At LAC, we believe in what we do, and we believe we have a critical role in this process. We look forward to continuing our mission in partnership with all of you.
The Team at Larrabee Albi Coker LLP