Immigration is one of the key platforms of both presidential candidates in the upcoming national elections. Both the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton and Republican candidate Donald Trump have hurled criticisms and even insults directed at each other due to opposing views on immigration and how to go about it properly.
Since President Obama is a Democrat, Hillary Clinton wants to continue some of Obama’s immigration policies such as the DREAM act and enhance them further. On the other hand, Donald Trump proposes a drastic change in immigration policies, veering away from Obama’s and Clinton’s ideas. If Trump wins the presidency, here are some of the changes that will most likely happen, according to him:
Build a wall
This was one of Trump’s first statements when he first declared that he was running for national office. At first, people thought it was an outrageous statement to declare, but Trump soon proved to everyone that he was serious. He plans to erect a large wall in the borders of the US and Mexico to, according to his words, prevent illegal Mexicans and Latin Americans from crossing over illegally and establishing foot in the United States. Trump pointed out that large fences have significant success in the Arizona border, which is why larger fences or walls must be built across the whole Southern border.
Deploy more border agents
Trump says an additional 25,000 border agents must be deployed in order to protect these walls and borders and prevent illegal immigrants from being able to cross in the first place. To aid these border agents and patrols, Predator drones will also be deployed in order to have an aerial view with infrared capability, to help agents catch perpetrators trying to cross during the night.
Enforce current immigration laws
According to Trump, the United States has strict immigration laws in place, but criticizes Obama and his administration for not effectively enforcing them. He promises to be stricter regarding this, which incidentally, is Hillary Clinton’s same stand regarding current laws. Mexicans and Latin Americans wanting to cross the Southern California border might find it best to consult San Diego immigration attorneys before attempting to cross. If Trump wins, it may be much harder to do so.
Remove “resort-like” detention centers
Families and individuals are held in “resort-like” accommodations known as detention centers according to Trump. He says that American taxpayers are paying for these centers and that it should not be the case. His proposal includes removing phone service, email access, four hours recreation time, and access to non-penal clothing – these are luxuries that can be avoided, according to him.
No more DREAM act
Trump says he is against the DREAM act, which is a process in which undocumented immigrants would be granted conditional residency at the start, ultimately resulting in citizenship after a number of years and conditions are met. One of the things he opposes with regard to the DREAM act is the fact that tuition benefits are claimed by undocumented immigrants rather than American citizens. Trump says these illegal immigrants must first be deported then perhaps allowed back into the country, via a legal, expedited process.
Donald Trump looks to be very serious when it comes to cracking down on illegal immigrants. While his words may sound outrageous for some, they can be possibilities if he wins the presidency. Certainly, there will be a huge change in terms of immigration policies and enforcement, which can also affect the whole nation economically, whether positively or negatively – this remains to be seen.
Immigration policy in the Netherlands vs. the immigration policy in the U.S.
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