Donald Trump’s improbable win over Hillary Clinton on Tuesday sparked a nationwide panic. Between the scandals and extreme policies, many did not expect Trump to win, let alone pull off a convincing victory. While Trump eyes 2017 and the start of his presidency, how many of his outrageous campaign promises are actually feasible?
According to Popsugar, Trump’s plan to build a wall on the southern border of the United States is logistically improbable. Civil engineers, security experts, and immigration specialists agree that constructing a wall 1,000 miles long is not in the realm of possibility.
Not only would the wall cost around $20 billion to build, there’s little chance that Congress would approve such a hefty budgetary sum. That’s not even considering Trump’s plan to have Mexico fund the project, which Mexican President, Enrique Peña Nieto, has repeatedly shot down in public.
Needless to say, it doesn’t look like a wall will be a part of Trump’s presidency.
According to Fortune, Trump’s plan to deport 11 million illegal immigrants is another promise he can’t fulfill. Trump wants to increase the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, but even if he tripled their numbers, it wouldn’t be enough to deport that many people.
The logistics of deporting 11 million people also stands in Trump’s way. Most of these illegal immigrants have been in the United States for over five years, which means a judge has to approve their case before deportation. The judicial system in America simply cannot handle that kind of volume.
While a wall and mass deportation are not realistic options, Trump can try and repeal President Obama’s initiative that protects children of illegal immigrants from deportation. He can also order ICE to target all illegal immigrants instead of focusing on criminal elements.
Both of these actions would undoubtedly affect the millions of illegal immigrants that reside within America’s borders, many of whom came over as children. According to Fox News, repealing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) would also cancel the temporary legal status many immigrants obtained under the act.
This would prevent these immigrants from getting driver’s licenses, along with a slew of opportunities that come with possessing a government identity. However, repealing DACA is a very real possibility, and it is causing a considerable amount of concern for many immigrants.
— CNN (@CNN) November 9, 2016
Whatever Trump does with immigration, Rolling Out reports that his presidency will negatively impact a lot of people. This includes Trump’s plans for healthcare and the future of the American justice system.
Trump declared that on his first day in office he will repeal Obamacare, which would hurt many individuals that need medical assistance. He also plans on negating all of President Obama’s executive orders and will appoint a new U.S. Supreme Court Justice.
That being said, Politifact is reporting that Donald Trump won’t be able to get rid of Obamacare on day one because that will require a congressional vote. With Republicans controlling the House and Senate, however, Obamacare will likely be repealed in the coming year.
What is Trump’s plan for affordable health care?
The President-elect wants to replace the Affordable Care Act with tax deductions for companies who offer health care premiums. He also plans to allow people the purchasing power to cross state lines and expand Medicaid.
Despite Trump’s grand scheme for better health care, his plan will leave an estimated 21 to 25 million people without health care. The plan will also cost the country some $550 billion in ten years.
Apart from health care, Trump will have an opportunity to name a new U.S. Attorney General to replace Loretta Lynch. Lynch has been instrumental in handling police shootings of black men, which sparked nationwide protests and created the Black Lives Matter movement.
Without Lynch at the helm, there’s no telling how the Justice Department will handle these types of issues in the future. There is a strong possibility that Trump will hire Rudy Giuliani to fill the position, which might not bode well for young people of color.
Giuliani, the former mayor of New York City, supported the infamous “stop and frisk” tactics of the NYPD. These methods targeted thousands of black and Latino males who were illegally searched without reasonable suspicion.
Among Trump’s most ridiculous promises was his plan to jail Hillary Clinton upon taking office. Clinton has been under investigation by the FBI twice for handling confidential emails without proper security measures. The FBI has since cleared Clinton of any wrongdoing in the email scandal, so it is unlikely that Trump would make jailing her a priority for his administration.
Lastly, Trump promised his supporters that he would implement a ban on all Muslims coming in the country. Fortunately, even some of Trump’s fellow Republicans have opposed this plan, and Paul Ryan, the House Speaker, assured Americans that Congress would not back a Muslim ban.
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