As promised we said that we would put Donald Trump’s originally sounding outlandish proposals in a context that could make them sound more outlandish or seem to make sense. This paper is the first of several that will deal with immigration. Today we will focus on illegal immigrants coming across the southern borders of the US.
Trump has said we are going to build a big, huge wall to keep the illegal aliens out of the US. He has gone on to say that he will get Mexico to pay for it. This is a highly inflammable way of saying that we are going to get control of our southern borders and stem the tide of illegal aliens of many stripes:
• Those seeking a better life
• Drug runners
This policy has been criticized by both the political left and right for different reasons.
• The political right is willing to pay the social upheaval as a way to increase the downward pressure on wages—many of the illegals coming from the south represent cheap labor that can replace American workers that work for a much higher wage.
• The political left sees the social upheaval as having two huge advantages for them. Social upheaval creates a reason for more government control and higher taxes. It is also the hope of the left that they are changing the political demographic by creating a huge new voting block that will favor them. ( I might add by way of editorial that the recent decision to grant the right to vote to prisoners and felons is exactly what the left is trying to achieve in the long run while Virginia has done it in the short term.
Of course both sides hide their real agendas in humanitarian whole cloth.
What Trump has done with his rhetoric is excite both the right and left against him because of the above agendas. But the rhetoric has not been lost on the American working men and women who see their jobs evaporating. This worries the left and the right as a new populist voting demographic could ensue. Think what could happen if the legal Hispanics, blacks and labor union members figure out what both ends of the political spectrum are doing to their jobs.
The second aspect of the Trump plan, which most have scoffed it is to have Mexico pay for the “wall.” What most political pundits, once they got done scoffing at the idea is failed to mention is how such financing would occur.
Trump’s policy seeks to 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 the US issues 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.
Trump also is pledging end welfare support for immigrants which will be a major source of budget savings for the border states and the US Treasury.
When one considers the political motivations of the left and right on this issue without the pundit spin, Trump’s policy may take on a completely different perspective. What do you think?
There are some deportation proposals for both illegals and Muslims that are being brought into the country at an alarming rate. These will be addressed in a subsequent article.