Along his journey through election season, Donald Trump’s campaign remained highly controversial. Now, with the presidential win in hand, Trump’s debated immigration plan will soon unfold. Among his many beliefs, his brash and straightforward claims regarding immigration often targets Mexicans, legal and illegal. His filterless comments are received diametrically: some see his words as offensive while others highly praise them.
In June of 2015, to fire off his campaign, Trump made inflammatory comments regarding Mexicans. During a speech announcing his presidential bid in New York, Trump shared, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best… They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.” Throughout Trump’s campaign, he has shared his strong issues with Mexicans. He repeatedly stereotypes all Mexicans as a problem group.
areport on Latino crime, Latinos do not commit the majority of crimes in the United States.
It has been no secret that Donald Trump wishes to greatly curb immigration and punish the illegal immigrants in America. On Trump’s campaign website, he clearly outlines his position regarding immigration. Trump’s first step in “Donald J. Trump’s 10 Point Plan to Put America First” will be: “Begin working on an impenetrable physical wall on the southern border, on day one. Mexico will pay for the wall.” For the wall to be built, unreasonably high prices will need to be paid. Of course, Trump has a solution. He reassures that Mexico will pay for the wall.
If immigrants are punished, many families will be displaced. Since many would define an undocumented immigrant as a criminal, it will be difficult to distinguish the criteria for exporting immigrants. According to Vox’s report, “Many federal immigration agents feel strongly that anyone who has violated immigration law ought to be subject to deportation, and that the Obama administration has created de facto “open borders” by dictating otherwise.” Those in power are not concerned with the varying degrees of immigrants. Because the immigrants are illegal, they would likely be considered criminals. Hence, many immigrants are fearful that they will be separated from their family.
The number of undocumented immigrants in the United States is reportedly at eleven million.
“It’s our right as a sovereign nation to choose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.”
Trump’s bold claims against immigrants have drawn many of his supporters to him. Trump says he will put the American workers first through immigration control, which will ensure that undocumented immigrants are not the first to receive jobs. For those who wish to enter the United States, Trump will begin to implement a ranking for the likely success of the immigrant. If the applicant is from a region that holds terrorism, then their request will be temporarily suspended.
Despite everything he has said, Trump still sees himself as not being racist. His strong stance on immigration is widely accepted across America, and many agree with Trump’s words if it will improve the country’s security. Yet, in order to “make America great again, immigrants apparently must first be fearful. Even if you do not think Trump is racist, it is unacceptable to hide from the spike in hate crimes after his election. Donald Trump’s may be the voice that speaks to the majority’s fears, but are his words what we should regard as the truth?