What Should the US Immigrants Expect from Trump’s Administration?
Now that Donald Trump has been duly elected president of the United States, can we expect to see the man personally roaming the streets of America, tossing illegal aliens into the back of a police van and dumping them over the border back into Mexico? Err…probably not. While it is sometimes hard to separate hyperbole from reality when it comes to figuring out exactly what The Donald intends to do, we can always refer to the man’s 10 point plan on how he intends to deal with one of the most vexing issues in today’s America – illegal immigration. Illegal US immigrants who have already been in America for months or years are wondering what will happen to them?
The Great Wall of Trump
One of the earliest utterances of the Trump campaign relates to the southern border wall he intends to build commencing on day one of his presidency. This will obviously have an effect on those who try to cross into America in the future, but if you’re already here, this is not the part of new immigration policy to worry about. In tandem, the second point of his plan intends to end the catch-and-release policy under Obama. If you’re already here, this doesn’t matter either.
The third point in Trump’s plan is the first that US illegals may need to worry about. He intends to direct local, state, and federal officials to find criminal illegal immigrants, whether roaming the streets or sitting in jail and deport them. If you’re already here and have a crime record since your arrival, Trump wants to send you back home.
In recent years, almost 20 cities around the United States have followed a policy of noncompliance when it comes to enforcement of federal immigration law. This list includes some of America’s largest cities: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Houston, and more. Illegals know that if they can reach one of these areas, the chances are good they won’t be found and deported. Trump intends to end the concept of sanctuary cities and requires laws be enforced immediately.
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This is the part of Trump’s plan that could have an immediate effect on illegals already living and working in the U.S. He intends to end Obama era amnesties and triple the number of ICE (US Immigrations and Customs Enforcement) agents. With the stated mission to deport any person who has gained illegal access, this puts US immigrants on notice that he or she may be deported at any time and without notice, regardless of how long they have lived or worked here.
It’s difficult to assess the boots-on-the-ground impact the President-elect’s immigration policy will have at this early stage in the game. Much depends on whether he’s a man of his word or campaign stop rhetoric was just that. One would suspect that it would take months, if not years, to hire and train so many additional ICE agents, then implement the processes necessary to undertake a wholesale deportation mission of the millions of illegals already here. If he follows the immigration proposals he has made, to the letter, US-based illegals should be nervous.
Though largely irrelevant now, the immigration reform plan of Trump’s general election opponent, Hillary Clinton, would have taken a more measured approach to the issue of how to deal with the millions of illegals already in the country. She focused on creating a path to citizenship status that did not include deportation. Obviously, this plan would have been more popular to those living and/or working in the US.
As to which immigration plan would be best, it depends on upon your perspective of the rule of law. If you believe that it’s okay to suspend laws in some instances, such as addressing the real issues of millions of people living in the shadows, then Hillary would be your girl. If you fall on the side of law and order and believe that without laws we don’t have a country, then Trump is your fella. To the millions of families fearful of the day an ICE agent appears at your door, it’s a possibility with a much greater chance of coming to pass if the incoming President Trump fully implements his immigration reform plan.