LOS ANGELES / NEW YORK: A Venezuelan father waiting in Mexico to defend his asylum case in the United States and who has not yet met his newborn daughter. An Iraqi refugee trapped in Jordan despite his past helping American soldiers. A mother sent back to Honduras after being separated at the US-Mexico border from her two young children. A Malian parcel courier deported after three decades in the United States. And an Iranian couple were separated for years under a US travel ban.

Everyone has experienced firsthand the effects of Republican President Donald Trump’s distinctive national policy goal in his nearly four years in office: reform of America’s immigration system. A multitude of new bureaucratic obstacles to entering or staying in the United States have changed the lives of hundreds of thousands of people around the world.

Trump says the changes were necessary to fix an immigration system that has …

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