We all know that Donald Trump’s main goal in implementing his travel ban is “protecting” American lives, but is the injustice he is forcing upon the many immigrants and refugees trying to enter the country really worth the potential economic pitfalls?
According to Forbes, the travel ban can have some serious implications for trade and the U.S. economy, including tariffs, in addition to copying Trump’s order and implementing it in their own country, making business a lot harder for companies that have manufacturing plants outside of the U.S.
Similarly, one of the bigger economic impacts that Trump’s policy could lead to is a decrease in overall tourism in the United States. Although the ban makes it impossible for immigrants and refugees to come to America from seven predominantly Muslim countries, the sheer fact that the United States is partaking in an extremely exclusive, threatening foreign policy is enough to scare some potential visitors from other un-banned foreign countries from visiting. This could cause the U.S. to lose substantial income from tourism, even if they are not directly effected by the travel ban.
Not only that, but it could have implications for the American education system as well, especially in terms of foreign students coming to America for college, which could effect costs for United States citizens attending college. International students made up 5.2% of the college system in 2016, and the fear is that the students being banned from the country due to the travel ban will decide not to enroll in the fall, and could also effect the choices of students of countries who are not on the ban list, much like the tourism debacle.
Although the protection of the American people should be the top priority of the President, the extreme nature of his ban and it’s deterrence of tourism should not burden the many Americans who suffer from this ban. President Trump needs to fully understand the economic implications of this plan, not just the implications for the Trump brand, to see if this is truly the best plan for America and the refugees and immigrants seeking safety.
Tan Le is a Vietnamese-Australian telecommunications entrepreneur, and serves as the co-founder of Emotiv. Emotiv is a technology company that invents wearable for the brain and the products are sold at many different retailers both online and inside of stores. The gear is very popular because it’s known for its wireless EEG properties.
This TEDTalk is relevant, because our affirmative post this week was focused on how immigrants are valued within the technological fields and the stories of how they got there. Here is Tan Le’s story.
In Geo.tv’s article, the authors recount the large protest that took place in Dallas. People of all races, religions, and more took to the streets to support immigrants’ rights.
Below are some tweets from the march:
Check out the Twitter hashtag #MegaMarch2017 to see more tweets from the march.
With the recent uprising and hype regarding the status of immigrants, many people have done research and reports on what America would be without immigrants. Many people tend not to recognize all immigrants have done for our country, and the strides and hard work they put in to get here.
There is a difference in the impact that legal immigrants have versus those who are illegal, but there is some impact either way.
Technology is a big factor in today’s society, and immigrants have contributed to it’s growth more than one would imagine. Without immigrants, out “unicorns” would not exist. “Unicorns” not referring to the imaginary creature, but the apps that allow people to travel from one place to another with simply the click of a button and the payment being connected to a credit card. Some common unicorns are Uber or PayPal. About 40 billion-dollar companies would not have been founded without immigrants.
If one looked at all the “unicorn” companies worth one billion dollars or more, 51% had a founder not born in the USA. Also, 70% of those “unicorn” companies feature immigrant workers that play large and key roles within the company.
STEM is a technology based field that immigrants tend to lead, thrive, and do very well in, which may account and contribute to their creativity regarding app creation. They tend to hold a lot of STEM degrees which increases and helps when it comes to job multiplication. It is now statically proven that when there is one immigrant working in a STEM field, they are responsible for creating 2.72 more jobs.
Lastly, immigrants are making strides in fields outside of STEM, and in broader areas of patents and inventions. Immigrants are involved in 76% of patents from top patent producing companies in America, reported to help mankind in many ways.
These patents are both technologically and pharmaceutical (medicine based).
AJ+’s Dena Takruri explores the results of Trump’s strict immigration laws. She visits an Arizona community where there is extremely strict ICE control. The residents of this community are “living in fear of ICE arrests.”
Trumps new Attorney General Jeff Sessions discussed his intensive and aggressive take on immigration. He has made it clear that the Trump administration’s immigration policy will be strict and aim to deport undocumented immigrants. This has already begun. In this video, Judy Woodruff speaks with Nancy Montoya, who works for Arizona Public Media. Woodruff and Montoya discuss Sessions’ comments and Trump’s new immigration policy.
“There is no safety net anymore. If you are here and you cross the border illegally, the Trump administration is putting you on warning that you could be next,” said Mantoya.
In attempt to overshadow the true reasoning and motive behind the executive order that Donald Trump has imposed, his administration as well as his supporters claim that this executive order is for the benefit of the country. He claims that he is protecting the country from “terrorists.” But when looking at these statistics that Kim Kardashian posted on Twitter, we see that maybe we need to shift our focus to another threatening killer, instead of discriminating against Muslims.