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Published On: Fri, Dec 1st, 2017

Why Trump’s Wall Would Never Work In The UK

When it comes to Donald Trump being president of the United States, there are a couple of the things he is most well-known for; one of them being the wall he is having built to prevent Mexican’s crossing the border, and his views on immigration. The border between the USA and Mexico is said to stretch over 1,900 miles, with the infamous wall likely to cover around 1000 miles of that. There are hopes that natural objects will block off other potential crossing sites between the two nations.

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His wall is likely to be as robust as his views on immigration. President Trump has already banned visas and travel permits being issued to people from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Syrian refugees who have fled the war torn country, are now also facing an indefinite admission ban from the USA too. So when it comes to immigration into America, it’s important that everyone consults an expert such as an immigration lawyer first, even if just to make sure one is allowed entry.

With Britain set to exit the European Union now that Brexit talks are underway, many have drawn parallels to President Trump’s wall and also his views on immigration. It’s likely that people wishing to enter the UK in order to work and live, will come up against strong resistance; unless they are capable of meeting the strict criteria set out by the government. It will likely become vital for people wishing to gain entry into either the United Kingdom or the United States to seek legal advice from immigration law experts in order to make sure they satisfy the criteria.

Can you imagine a wall being built by the UK government in order to protect its borders? If Scotland had gained independence for example, and then Scots were no longer permitted to cross the border into England? It’s such a reckless and ridiculous idea, and it would likely be met with the same uproar that President Trump was met with when announcing his plans to press ahead with his infamous wall and strict immigration laws.

You could say that the decision to leave the European Union could in some ways be seen as building an imaginary wall around the whole of the United Kingdom. This is because they will be operating as a single force in many respects, without having the EU countries behind them. Could Brexit be just as strong a statement as President Trump’s wall or his strict immigration laws?

The USA will now be operating under Trump’s strict immigration laws, and the UK will be employing similar methods when they leave the European Union. Both nations will be looking to vet anyone looking to gain entry, even for employment purposes. With such changes taking place, people should be aware of the criteria that they’re required to meet prior to actually making the trip. Always seek the advice of professionals with an understanding of immigration law.

Author: Annika Partala

Syrian refugees in Hungary
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