Donald J. Trump insists that he should carry out his hard-line immigration policy.
By Anna Kim
President-elect Donald J. Trump’s tough stance against illegal immigration, one of his central rallying cries during his campaign for the White House, will be executed immediately upon taking the oval office next January.
In his first television interview---60 Minutes on CBS---since winning the presidential election, Mr. Trump said that he planned to immediately deport approximately 2 to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have criminal records.
“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, and drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even 3 million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Mr. Trump told CBS’ 60 Minutes. “But we’re getting them out of our country. They’re here illegally.”
The problem that Mr. Trump overlooks is there might not be that many people who fit the description of a “criminal, illegal immigrant.” Thus, to deport as many as 2 to 3 million, Trump administration might have to scoop up a lot of people who aren’t criminals at all. Solely immigrants are to feel this hurt.
Moreover, many criminal aliens may have been just people who had come into immigration custody after being picked up by the local police, who might have pulled over someone who looks illegal for a traffic violation, booked him or her for driving without a license, turned them over to immigration agents, and tallied them up as a criminal alien. Most of these immigrants should not be considered “removable criminal aliens” by Mr. Trump’s administration measurement.
With regards to his deportation plan, flashback to his campaign trail, Mr. Trump delivered a core immigration speech in Phoenix, Arizona, at the end of August. He unveiled a 10-point immigration plan, which will be the basis of his immigration policy that will be carried out during his tenure.
Here is a recap of Mr. Trump’s 10-point immigration proposals:
1.Build the wall.
2. End “catch and release.”
3. Create a deportation task force and focus on criminals in the country illegally.
4. Defund sanctuary cities.
5. Cancel President Obama’s executive actions.
6. Extreme vetting. Block immigration from some nations
7. Force other countries to take back those whom the U.S. wants to deport
8. Get biometric visa tracking system fully in place
9. Strengthen E-Verify, block jobs for the undocumented
10. Limit legal immigration, lower it to “historic norms,” and set new caps.
In the third point, Mr. Trump said that he would launch a “deportation task force” that would focus on removing undocumented residents with criminal records, along with those who overstayed their visas or are using public resources or benefits.
In the fifth point, Mr. Trump said that he would end the Obama administration’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals immigration policy, aka DACA, under which approximately half a million young people brought to the U.S. as children have received temporary legal status. This program is more than likely to be repealed by Mr. Trump’s administration.
In the tenth point, which is highly related to an immigrant’s life and family, Mr. Trump claimed that some legal immigration should be curtailed and new immigration caps should be put in place. It is implied that he would downsize legal immigration to serve the best interests of America and its workers.
If this is the case, who has contributed to America’s prosperity so far? How has America been built up? Where did American ancestors come from?
We all came from somewhere. Before Mr. Trump carries out the 10-point immigration plan, he should have to contemplate these questions 10 times, over and over again.
President-elect Donald J. Trump.
Latinos, immigrants, and supporters gathered at Columbus Circle to protest and march against President-elect Donald Trump's proposed immigration policies.