By Clery Chavez
Special to The Communitarian
Republican primary candidate Donald Trump has an immigration plan that consists of three ideas.
First, he wants to convince people that Mexican immigrants are undesirable criminals.
Second, he wants to build a wall separating the U.S border from Mexico along the 2,000 miles.
Third, he wants to close the entry to the United States for any Muslim immigrant.
I believe that none of these ideas will be affective.
During the announcement of his candidacy, Trump said that illegal immigration is one of our country’s biggest problems.
During his speech he stated: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with them. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
Where does he get this idea? Breitbart News presented data that shows millions of arrests of illegal aliens for all types of crimes including theft, assault, rape and drugs.
The report is based on numbers compiled by the Government Accounting Office (GAO). And the report’s logic is that if there were no illegal immigrants none of these crimes would have happened.
I do not believe this data can be considered valid.
It is not compared to any general population or to the population of Mexicans in general in the United States, or even to the population of legal Mexican immigrants in the United States.
Without any context, this data is meaningless to me.
However, the census looked at the population of all male ages 18 to 39 who were in jail, and seven percent of those were of Hispanic heritage but native born to United States.
Only 1 percent of the population was Hispanic immigrants.
So the Hispanics born in the United States committed 7 percent more crimes than the illegal Hispanics. This clearly proves that Trump is exaggerating and trying to scare people about Mexican immigration.
Trump thinks he can scare the American people enough to build a 2,000- mile wall along the border with Mexico. He says it can easily be accomplished.
He may be right that it is not impossible to build a wall, but there are so many reasons it is a terrible idea.
The wall would interfere drastically with the eco system in the area. It would have to go through Native American reservations, and possibly a couple of rivers.
Worst of all, it would not stop the 6 billion dollar industry of the Coyotes who always find the way to smuggle illegal
immigrant into the country under and around borders.
According to Jorge Ramos, a reporter for Univision, this wall would cost about 20 billion dollars.
Ramos also points out that, in 2013, 40 percent of illegal immigration was by people who entered the country legally by airplane but overstayed their visas.
“So the Hispanics born in the United States committed seven percent more crimes than the illegal Hispanics.”
No wall will help this problem.
In addition to Trump’s problem with Mexicans, he is also very concerned about Muslim immigrants.
He has proposed the United States completely stop allowing Muslim immigrants, even legal ones, into the country.
Unfortunately for Trump, that action would be completely illegal because the First Amendment of the Constitution provides Freedom of Religion.
Of course, Trump may argue that only applies to Americans, not immigrants. However, it definitely would also negate the Constitution’s guarantee of Equal Protection Under Law, and that law governs immigration.
Therefore, Trump’s proposal is completely against the law and anti- American.
Trump’s campaign slogan is, “Make America Great Again.” But his ideas on immigration would send the United States back to the years before any anti- discrimination laws were in effect.
Badmouthing Mexicans to scare the American people will not create useful immigration policy.
Pretending that it is realistic to build a 2,000-mile wall along the entire Mexican border, when experts show the reasons this will not help, does not create useful immigration policy.
Banning an entire group of immigrants, based purely on religion, from entering the United States under any circumstance, certainly does not create useful immigration policy.
More importantly, with these policies, instead of “Making America Great Again,” he seems to forget what actually makes this country great: the fact that immigrants can come from poverty and oppression anywhere in the world and have an equal chance to get ahead by working hard.
Trump would overturn the very foundation on which America was built.
“Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,” says the Statue of Liberty, which speaks to the American people. Trump does not.