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The new Trump administration has been stern on proceeding with its travel ban; it was first signed earlier this year in January and renewing it this March, along with the strongly imposed immigration ban. The most impact it significantly poses is with the travel and tourism industry, along with the gigantic threshold of loss on the total workforce of the country. Researchers also estimate a nationwide halt in business activity if massive numbers of deportation occur if the new administration forbids.

The new executive order that was signed yesterday March 6, 2017, opens a whole new vision on the former travel ban. The new executive order reaffirms the removal of the Visa Interviewer Waiver Program; this means that a constant traveler to the United States can access a swifter way of renewing their visas. It also introduces us to the “Uniform Screening and Vetting Standards for All Immigration Programs” which is an extensive new program making it very difficult for the rest of the world to travel to the United States.

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Visa Interviewer Waiver Program; the Business Killer

Businesses have been heavily threatened with the new executive order which eliminates the Visa Interviewer Waiver Program, most especially to businesses that are heavily reliant to travelers. The Trump travel ban has proved to be costing businesses to trample, these kind of businesses are a significant chunk of share on the US Economy; according to the World Travel and Tourism Council, the travel business brings in nearly half a trillion dollars in 2015 alone or just over 2.5 percent of the gross domestic product.

The American Association of State College and Universities also issued a statement about the new executive order, warning everyone that it “remains overly broad in scope and threatens to adversely impact higher education in America. While we understand and respect the president’s stated goal of securing our homeland, we also believe that a categorical ban on the entry of individuals based purely on national origin will undermine the ability of our public institutions to attract the best minds to teach and study at our state colleges and universities.” The Travel industry might be the obvious end taker, but also hurting the whole economic and technological advancements and potential the country can attain from the collection of the best students around the world that are barred from entering the country.

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Immigration Policy versus US Workforce

One thing that President Trump is certainly stern on when securing the country is its immigration policy. Trump views unauthorized immigrants as ticking time-bombs and a competitive threat to “vulnerable American workers” that’s why a mass deportation is a possibility somewhere in the near future. According to Pew Research, a nonpartisan news and public issues center, that a tallied 8 million undocumented immigrants reside in the US last 2014, it comprises 5% of the total workforce of the country.

Economist Yelen Shulyatyeva said that deporting 5% of the total workforce of the country can create a disruptive business activity.  She also noted that among the states of the country, 6 of the most concentrated undocumented worker's hub accounts for the 40% of all the goods and service produced in the country. Shulyatyeva also said that "Undocumented workers often fill low-wage jobs such as maintenance and farm work," she said. "Labour shortages could lead to an inflation spike due to severe upward wage pressures." Some economists also noted that undocumented curate a significant source of economic growth, in a recent study by economists Ryan Edwards and Francesc Ortega revealed that undocumented workers contribute 3% of all goods and services produced by the private sector in the US, amounting a whopping $5 trillion over the course of 10 years. 

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US Economic Future Outlook

The newly imposed travel ban spells a bad language in the country which figures rely on travelers; this also axed the possibility of a better relationship among neighboring countries which were heavily struck to the executive order which was once called “anti-Muslim ban.” Of course, it is not anti-Muslim as several Muslim countries such as Indonesia, Bangladesh, and others have the freedom to enter the US. While the possibility of mass deportation, which can lead to a mass decline in the US workforce, also signals a terrible business event, which then amplifies, halting the economic growth to some extent? These significant changes from the new administration are all in the efforts of keeping America safe and great again.

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