Donald Trump’s quick rise on this year’s political scene can be attributed to primarily one thing, illegal immigration. he voiced his displeasure at the way thing’s are run now and that’s when the dam broke. Up until today he hadn’t really laid out the broad plan, the nuts and bolts if you will. He just talked about a wall. That had a door. First things first, I’m a Cruz supporter. Second, whatever issue you have with illegal immigration, Trump appears to have a solution.
“The Obama Administration has released 76,000 aliens from its custody with criminal convictions since 2013 alone. All criminal aliens must be returned to their home countries, a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries which will not accept their own criminals, and making it a separate and additional crime to commit an offense while here illegally. “
He seems pretty upset we’re losing STEM jobs to H1Bs. He notes that there are American’s who have degrees in the Stem fields, but business brings in the visa workers and can pay less for them. His argument: ” Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas. This will improve the number of black, Hispanic and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program.”
Many conservatives complain of welfare abuse. The Trump solution? “Applicants for entry to the United States should be required to certify that they can pay for their own housing, healthcare and other needs before coming to the U.S. “
From birthright citizenship to defunding sanctuary cities, to increasing ICE agents, he has a plan. Even paying for that wall. Remember he said he would Mexico pay for that wall? He wasn’t kidding. “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]. ”
Now, you and I live in the land of reality, and we both know much of this will not be accomplished.* But much of it sounds mighty good and some of it downright ingenious. I do give the man props for outlining his vision at a time when others are just saying things like secure the border and then giving vague generalities to everything else. If his call to arms on the matter of illegal immigration got him his current fan base, it seems this will only add to it. I suspect it will be a major chew toy among pundits over the next few days and may take up a large chunk of time at the next debate.
For other candidates looking to pull some of Trump’s supporters, now would be a good time to get specific on your own plan for curbing illegal immigration.
P.S. If you listen carefully, you can hear the sounds of heads exploding in California.
*don’t see how it can all be accomplished as there is a lot more on his outline.