Since a conservative presidential candidate Donald Trump officially announced his immigration plan, there have been plenty of negative comments about it. It is no wonder, since the plan is bold, very aggressive and inefficient. There are three main principals of the plan, each of them very specific and quite aggressive, and each of them comes with a set of potential problems and drawbacks for various reasons.
What caused most reactions and comments is Trump’s suggestion to build a massive wall across the border on the South, in order to prevent Mexican illegal immigrants from entering the USA. The wall is a centerpiece of Trump’s immigration plan, but it comes with a set of complications, drawbacks and illogical solutions. First of all, building the wall would cost between 15 and 25 billion dollars, and estimated annual maintenance would be 700 million dollars. In the era when America has the debt of 19 trillion dollars, it is definitely not the best idea to invest in the wall.
However, Trump comes up with a solution for this – he claims that he would make Mexicans pay for building of the wall by increasing fees on entry visas for the citizens of Mexico and by collecting remittances from the unregistered immigrants who are already in the country. However, all these points do not only affect illegal immigrants, but also those who work or live in the USA legally. There are plenty of Mexican workers who work in the USA, those who have an employment visa or a green card. Also, Trump definitely did not take diplomats into consideration, as well as people traveling to the USA. Increased entry visas fees will affect the number of people who visit USA, as well as those who come from Mexico and work in the USA legally, and also pay their taxes.
In addition to the plan of Mexican citizens paying for the wall, Trump has also aggressively announced that he plans to deport the remaining illegal immigrants back to Mexico, and on his official web presentation he even claims that it is Mexicans who bring crime and terror to the ground of the USA.
Another major announcement made by Donald Trump is that he wants to end birthright citizenship. He claims that birthright citizenship is the main magnet for illegal immigrants, which is why he wants to ban the right proclaimed by the 14th Amendment. By doing so, Trump would not only ban people from the right they had for the previous 150 years, but we can also call this the violation of human rights. Since Trump has not expanded nor explained this plan, we can assume that even the children of American families will not have right to be considered American citizens upon birth. If he, however plans to amend the Constitution and create the amendment which will only refer to the illegal immigrants, there is no chance of passing this legislation – since it is considered to be discriminatory.