Donald Trump's Struggle For Immigration Reform

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In this year’s presidential campaign immigration has become an important issue. The Department of Homeland Security indicates that there are 11.4 million illegal immigrants within the United States; however, only about 1 million immigrants are lawfully granted permanent residency each year (“Immigration Statistics Fast Facts”). The majority of the presidential candidates advocate for immigration reform, but no one’s idea of reform is as interesting as that of Donald Trump. Donald Trump entered the race in late June and his campaign has been rigorously captured by the media. Well-known for being rash and brutally honest, Trump’s immigration policy is similar. Donald Trump has a three core principles behind what, he believes, is adequate immigration …show more content…
Addressing the first principle, he wants to fortify the United States’ southern border by constructing a wall along the border, and wants the Mexican government to pay for the wall. Secondly, the laws that the American government makes regarding immigration need to upheld and no one is above the law. In order to do so, Trump calls for “tripling the Immigrant and Customs Enforcement officers, e-verifying the nation, mandatory return of all criminal aliens, the detainment of illegals caught crossing the border, the defunding of sanctuary cities, enhance penalties for those who overstay their visa, cooperate with local task gang task forces, and end birthright citizenship” (“Immigration Reform”). Lastly, Donald Trump wants to use legislation to put American workers first. Donald Trump’s policies are unaffected by interest groups, but public opinion of his immigration policy has potential to damage, but not destroy, his ability to win the Texas Primary. Donald Trump’s immigration policy, should he be elected, would result in economic and social problems. Additionally, Trump’s immigration policy affects those within and those without of his constituency, therefore he needs to bridle his shock value in order win the Texas Electoral College …show more content…
The approach that Trump is taking is harsh, but common. Building a wall to protect something that has been done since Hadrian’s Wall; consequently, placing a wall along a border to protect a nation is a medieval idea. However, it would have social and economic downfalls. Our relationship with the Mexican government would be strained by insisting that they pay the fee to resurrect a wall keeping their own citizens out of our country. This could be dangerous for United States citizens living along the border, because immigrants would be increasingly desperate. Furthermore, the cost to build a wall that stretches the entire span of the Mexican-American border would be ludicrous; as would the cost of tripling the number of ICE officers, detaining illegals caught trying to come into America, and the deportation of immigrants. These aspects of his policy would be detrimental to the American budget, and, potentially, the American tax payer. Enacting certain parts of Trump’s immigration reform would not be devastating, but implementing the entire program would be

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