What Does A Donald Trump Presidency Mean For Illegal Immigrants?

14 March 2016
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A great deal.  Donald Trump is intent on dealing with a problem perceived by the vast majority of Americans as serous and out of control – illegal immigration.  Mr. Trump is appealing to the frustration of many Americans who perceive many illegal immigrants as being responsible for violent and property crimes, lower wages, unemployment for many American workers, and higher Federal, State, and Local taxes in many states to provide for health benefits, education, and social services for illegal aliens. Those who share this view of illegal immigrants are either drawn to Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  There are many aspects and complexities to Mr. Trump immigration plan. This brief article will only address some of them.

Many critics and detractors of Trump say that he is not realistic to say that Mexico is going to pay for the wall that he is proposing.  During a recent interview former President Vincente Fox told Fusions’ George Ramos,“I’m not going to pay for this f*** wall.” Fox in an interview with Sean Hannity, popular talk and tv show host, called Trump egocentric and said he “…believes in white supremacy…that’s Hitler.”

Well, just how realistic or ridiculous are Mr. Trump’s proposals? Let’s take a quick look at two of the most controversial aspects of his plan. Mr. Trump has repeatedly said the following.

Mexico Will Pay For “The Wall.”

That would seem quite unrealistic.  Many democrats in particular consider it to be fantasy.  However, if one visits Mr. Trumps site www.donaldjtrump.com, one will see the following explanation of how Mexico would pay for the wall. This is taken in part from that site.

“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].  We will not be taken advantage of anymore.”

It would seem that despite the protestations of the former President Fox, given the reliance of Mexico on the U.S. economy, implementing Trumps recommendations would be within the realm of reason.  It is possible that if a solution concerning payments for building a wall were not agreed upon, it may be possible for such unilateral measures to be used to recoup the cost of building such a wall.

Illegal Aliens

Deport 11 Million Illegal Aliens

Trump critics also say that deporting approximately 11 million illegal aliens is impossible.  Well, let’s see.

First, the government would have to identify whom to arrest. Census and employer records and a law enforcement focus on hubs for undocumented migrants. Trump site suggests tripling the number of ICE (U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement) to assist in the deportation process.

A nationwide e-verify system could be used to protect jobs for unemployed Americans. The U.S. Immigration and Citizenship Services describes the E-Verify system as E-Verify is an Internet-based system that compares information from an employee’s Form I-9, Employment Eligibility Verification, to data from U.S. Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration records to confirm employment eligibility. https://www.uscis.gov/e-verify/what-e-verify

Economic incentives could be used to drive illegal aliens back to their home countries, primarily Mexico as well as more stringent employer sanctions and enforcing existing sanctions would make employment difficult for illegal immigrants.

Trump site also suggest Defunding Sanctuary cities by cutting off all federal grants to any city that refuses to cooperate with federal law enforcement.

One ca see that these measures are logical, and if Congressional approval is needed for aspects of his plan, given that Republicans have a majority in the House and Senate, that approval may be obtainable. Mr. Trump, who is the anti-establishment candidate, has maintained a consistent lead in the polls and up to now, is leading in the Republican primaries. As an immigration attorney, I recently noticed that individuals who may have put off applying for legalization because of costs or other factors are now taking a close look at applying for any benefit for which they may be eligible to legalize their status in the eventual case that Mr. Trump does win the Republican nomination and the Presidency.

If are considering your immigration options, and you are interested in hiring an immigration lawyer, you can contact me at (818) 963-8238 for a free, telephone consultation or visit my website at www.AsktheImmigrationLawyer.com.  I accept cases from around the U.S. and the world.