Donald Trump did not create concerns about immigration, refugees and globalization. He has, however, taken advantage of these populist fears and anger. Trump has focused particular concern on undocumented Mexican immigrants, who Trump has linked to increases in crime and immorality in the United States. His policy positions and rhetoric on immigration are the strongest in memory.
If elected president, Donald Trump says he will
“Restore integrity to our immigration system by prioritizing the interests of Americans first. Enforce our immigration laws – at the border and at the workplace. Build a border wall and end sanctuary cities. Send criminal aliens home. Welcome those who embrace our way of life, but keep out immigrants and refugees who don’t through rigorous vetting.”
First, the current vetting process is extremely thorough. Second, an ideological test for immigrants is both dangerous and impractical. Third, evidence demonstrates that sanctuary cities are actually safer than non-sanctuary cities. Fourth, Trump’s plan for the wall is infeasible. Finally, a new report from the Pew Research Center has found that immigration laws are being enforced more stringently than ever before, criminal aliens are being deported at a greater rate than ever before and that unauthorized immigration from Mexico has been declining for almost a decade. In fact, the total number of unauthorized immigrants in the United States has fallen.
While fewer unauthorized immigrants are coming to the United States from Mexico, the numbers from Central America, the Caribbean, Europe and Canada, the Middle East, Africa, and especially Asia, have increased. But there is still no evidence painting them as criminals. In fact, these immigrants are less likely than the native population to commit violent crimes or be incarcerated. They also boost numerous aspects of the U.S. economy. Immigration is a net positive for the United States.
Where are you going to build a wall? Walls don’t float.