Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump released a paper Sunday detailing what he would do for ‘real immigration reform.’
He says real reform would put “the needs of working people first.” Trump also makes the point to say what most Americans would say, and that is the current system is backwards. He says the system rewards those who are breaking the law. According to Trump, there are ‘three core principles [to] real immigration reform’:
1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.
Have Mexico pay to build the wall?
For a while now, Trump has said he would have Mexico pay to build the wall. Yet, he really hasn’t given a clear answer as to how he would try to accomplish this.
We all can agree how crazy it sounds. Make them pay for a wall to keep out the people they’re shipping up here and giving them cheat-sheets on how to stay? Come on. Seriously?
The facts are pretty clear. Once they get here they immediately take advantage of the system. They get ‘free health care’, food stamps, live in section 8 housing, get paid in cash so they don’t pay taxes, and more. The one who bears their burden is the American.
So… what’s Trump’s plan to make them pay for it?
“Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options].”
We are a nation of laws, and Trump lists 8 steps that “will return to the American people the safety of their laws, which politicians have stolen from them”:
- Triple the number of ICE officers.
- Nationwide e-verify.
- Mandatory return of all criminal aliens.
- Detention – not cath-and-release.
- Defund sanctuary cities.
- Enhanced penalties for overstaying a visa.
- Cooperate with local gang task forces.
- End birthright citizenship.
Start catering to American workers?
Trump says what many households in America are thinking: ‘What about us?’
Our economy flat out stinks right now, and a lot of that falls on companies who continue to focus on bringing in foreign workers. Jobs across all different industries are being held by guest workers, immigrants – newly legal and illegal, and refugees. By allowing so many to flood the job market, we punish the very Americans who politicians ‘help’.
The foreign workers hold “down salaries, keep unemployment high, and make it difficult for poor and working class Americans – including immigrants themselves and their children – to earn a middle class wage.”
Illegal immigration is a real problem. It has been for many, many years. Is it likely that it will be fixed immediately? No. Are there things that can be done now? Sure. Will people like Trump’s plan? Yes. Are there people who will hate it? Yes.
But, like many Americans feel is happening, Trump says: “We will not be taken advantage of anymore.”
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