Seeds: During his campaign, President-elect Trump’s remarks about building “the wall” and making “Mexico pay for it” were widely publicized. Besides increasing border security, he also stated that he wanted to start deportations of the 11 million illegal immigrants currently within the United States. For a more complete look at his immigration plan, click here.
Core: Since his election many protests have erupted across the nation, with his stances on immigration as a common topic of contention. He stated in an interview that he wanted to deport up to 3 million undocumented immigrants who have committed crimes within his first few months. It should be noted, however, that while the exact number of illegal immigrants who have committed crimes is unknown, the total number is approximated to be around 800,000 people. Representatives from the Mexican government recently issued a list of steps written to help keep Mexicans living in the United States safe, and it included a government hotline that people can call to report incidents or ask for help.
Skin: President-elect Trump did say that the wall might be a fence in some places, so some say that’s him “softening” his stance on immigration.
Leaves: Some migration experts have been voicing what they think Trump’s objectives would take. Many fear that in order to deport this many people, he would have to conduct “sweeps or raids.” Also, some suggest that mass deportations could upset parts of the economy, such as the agricultural industry. However, others believe that illegal immigrants put enough strain on the economy such that the costs of deportation and the effects on the agricultural industry will be minimal compared to the economic advantages of deportation.
Food For Thought: What do you think will happen to illegal immigrants under Trump? Do you support his policies? Are you excited or scared by the prospect of his presidency?
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