From the first moment of his presidential campaign to this weekend’s Meet the Press appearance and release of “his” immigration plan, donald trump could not be more wrong in either his characterization of current immigration issues or problems, or in his supposed solutions to such problems.
His simplistic solutions include building a massive fence along the entire US-Mexican border (which, he says, he will get Mexico to pay for), tripling the number of ICE agents, removing all illegal immigrants currently residing in the United States, and amending the US Constitution to remove the right of birthright citizenship – that no longer would a person born in the United States automatically be a citizen of the United States.
All this and more is included in his just released “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again”. Actually, it would appear that trump is taking “credit” for a document that was actually the product of Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Alabama). But what is the difference whether it came from the brain of a racist billionaire or from the brain of a racist Senator? (“Vile Racist Jeff Sessions: It’s His Day To Shine!“; “Jeff Sessions’s chequered past“)
So, lets set aside the two utterly ridiculous portions of trump’s grand plan, building a impenetrable fence along the entire US-Mexican border, and amending the Constitution to remove one of the basic, fundamental rights upon which this country was founded, that he who is born here is an American, and focus on his underlying assumptions, that are so totally wrong.
As to the overall effect of undocumented immigrants on the US economy, conservatives site studies that say they are a drain, awhile others, including most economists, cite studies that say that they their contributions to the economy produce a slight net benefit, with the value of their labor, including consumer cost savings by virtue of providing cheap labor, the economic stimulus provided by their purchasing power, in the paying of payroll and sales taxes, and in a significantly larger volume than the political right would ever admit to, in the payment of income taxes. Numerous arguments on both sides of the issue can be found here.
|As to undocumented immigrants taking advantage of and bankrupting government coffers through welfare benefits, as the right so often alleges, the undisputed FACTS are that such immigrants receive public benefits at a rate LOWER than the native poor.|
As to trumps allegations about crimes committed by undocumented immigrants, while the occasional
In the studies reported there by the American Immigration Council, they reached the following conclusions:
“The problem of crime in the United States is not caused or even aggravated by immigrants, regardless of their legal status. This is hardly surprising since immigrants come to the United States to pursue economic and educational opportunities not available in their home countries and to build better lives for themselves and their families. As a result, they have little to gain and much to lose by breaking the law. Undocumented immigrants in particular have even more reason to not run afoul of the law given the risk of deportation that their lack of legal status entails. Public policies must be based on facts, not anecdotes or emotions. And the fact is that the vast majority of immigrants are not criminals.”
Finally, here is a video from New Left Media that is a view of an undocumented immigrant, in the US for a decade since brought to the US by his parents as a child, who has attended college and who now works three jobs to finance his goal of becoming a commercial photographer. By the way, one of those jobs is for one of trump’s businesses:
*statistics from ProCon.org