Donald Trump’s plans have been made very clear with his “Make America Great Again” spiel, but what is he saying by suggesting America isn’t great? He’s made that quite clear, as well. Donald Trump plans to deport more categories of nationalities, he claims. It’s unclear why he assumes that this is what has made America less than great. Is he suggesting that minorities are what make this country less than great because America was built and made great because of immigration, not in spite of it? While it is understandable to limit who we allow in our country during times of tension and terrorism, there is no understanding given to racial profiling.
President Obama has been active in solving illegal immigration issues. From fiscal years 2009-2014, a total of 2.4 million illegal immigrants were deported, according to a Pew analysis of official data released early in the week. He’s even been dubbed “Deporter in Chief” by immigrant advocacy groups, due to the fact that he has deported more illegal immigrants than any other president, including immigrants removed by both ICE and U.S. Customs and Border Protection. What exactly does Donald Trump plan to do to be more effective?
The worst part is, Trump’s disturbing policies for immigrant families go way beyond just “building a wall.” https://t.co/szrTF9eB0E
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 2, 2016
Donald Trump plans to cast a wider net. Trump plans to detain and deport all persons illegally residing in the U.S., regardless of criminality. He seems quite apathetic to the possibility of separating families for traffic infractions.
He has been quoted saying, “We will issue detainers for illegal immigrants who are arrested for any crime whatsoever, and they will be placed into immediate removal proceedings if we even have to do that.” He has spoken freely about removing undocumented peoples upon taking office, “We will begin moving them out, day one. As soon as I take office. Day one.”
By them, he means the 2 million illegal immigrant criminals he claims are in this country.
The Department of Homeland Security could not confirm this claim of 2 million criminal illegal aliens. However, official data shows 176,000 immigrants convicted of a crime and ordered removed from this country by a judge remain in the U.S. with their whereabouts unknown. While that may seem like a rather large number, there are roughly 320 million people in the U.S. This comes out to be .055 percent of the US population.
Donald Trump’s plans are centered on an issue that totals.055 percent of the country’s population. So focused, in fact, that he wants to spend billions of dollars (Trump claims 12 billion, the Post estimated 25 billion) to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico, yet continues to state that his plans are to deport a wider range of nationalities.
Donald Trump plans to create a “special deportation task force.” This task force will require triple the ICE deportation officers than are currently employed. Hiring three times the officers employed is going to require a higher budget for ICE. Where does Donald Trump plan to acquire this money? There are currently 6,200 ICE deportation officers employed by the United States government to find, arrest, detain, and prosecute for deportation. They work in alliance with jails and prisons as well as conduct field investigations. These 6,200 officers are the same officers that have deported a record number of illegal immigrants in the last eight years, so why does Donald Trump plan to spend more money employing more officers?
What Donald Trump plans to do is not how our legal system works. Unless persons agree to voluntary removal, which can be immediate, they are afforded by law the right to a hearing, which could take months, even years, before a judge makes a decision whether or not to deport. Trump has not specified if he plans to bypass the legal system and use his executive authority to achieve his deportation objective.
“Carl Shusterman, a Los Angeles attorney who has prosecuted for former Immigration and Naturalization Service, stated ‘He [Trump] can’t just deport people who have the right to a hearing. That would be unconstitutional, unless Congress changed the system, and put it into law.'”
Maybe that is exactly what Donald Trump plans to do.
Donald Trump plans to build a wall that would cost taxpayers billions of dollars. Donald Trump plans to hire over 12,400 more ICE officers that are not needed, also costing the taxpayers more money. Donald Trump plans to start this process upon taking office, and he plans to use his executive power to attain his own agenda. Donald Trump plans to run a white America unless you’re young, sexy, and female. Donald Trump plans to run our country his way, not the democratic way.
Does Donald Trump plan to run this country into the ground?
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