Miscellaneous: PBS News Hour Discusses Trump’s Policy

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.

 

Miscellaneous: The Stats Don’t Lie

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. 3c9e126a00000578-4168320-image-a-151_1485675663696

Miscellaneous: SNL take on Trump’s immigration plan

This video is a parody of what SNL believes coming into the U.S. will actually be like with Trump’s immigration plan.  This video depicts what we are arguing about Trump’s plan: THAT IT IS RACIST.  SNL has used its platform in order to protest or at least show dislike for the immigration plan and its policies.

 

Abby Harari

Affirmative: Money Money Money…is on everyone’s mind.

donald-trump-immigration-banPresident Trump has hopes of deporting the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in this country.  He has made statements about deporting Mexican immigrants that are racist and bigoted.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. … They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people,” said Trump in a 2015 speech.

Not only is it racist and ridiculous to deport all of the undocumented immigrants living and working in the United States, it is fiscally impossible.  One of Trump’s consistent arguments throughout his campaign was that he plans to cut taxes without increasing the deficit; however, his immigration plan will do the opposite.

The Center for American Progress (CAP) did a study that found that it would cost the U.S. $200 billion to deport all 11 million of the undocumented immigrants, and then another $200 billion to keep them out.  This is just the cost of deporting the immigrants, and does not include the cost of the wall Trump is planning to build on the southern border.

The wall on the southern border, near Mexico, would also cost an exponentially large amount of money that is not feasible for the U.S..  Trump himself estimated that the wall would cost around $10 billion.  However, the Washington Post fact checked Trump and found that wall would actually cost $25 billion.

Where is this money going to come from?  Who is going to pay for the wall because Mexico has made it clear they won’t? And how are taxes going to be cut, while spending on immigration exponentially increases?

A Pew Research study found that 62 percent of people would oppose a wall on the border of Mexico.  The study also found that 70 percent of people think that the U.S. would end up paying for the wall that Trump claims Mexico will pay for.

Overall, it is fiscally impossible to deport all 11 million of the undocumented immigrants living in the U.S..  Even if you take out the factor that President Trump is being racist, he has no plan as to how any of this would be paid for.

 

Abby Harari

Miscellaneous: Watch What You Say

A recent Washington Post article is in response to the revised travel ban that is being disputed in court. Donald Trump has a tendency to say things, often offensive and discriminatory, but then later deny ever expressing anything of that nature. Although he can try to alter the rhetoric used to describe the ban, the sentiment and purpose stay the same. He essentially is blaming Muslims for an abundance of problems that the nation faces.

Because our nation, especially the government, claims to be secular, the issue that federal judges are investigating are the contradicting nature of the Executive Order and Trump’s actual statements leading up to declaring the Executive Order.

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Miscellaneous: What You Can Do to Help

The immigration executive order has left many people powerless, wondering: “what can I do to help?” Although it seems almost impossible to make a difference at an incredibly tumultuous time in American history, there are a few actions that can be taken to show support and solidarity with the many innocent people that are being exiled from America, whether you have money or simply even time to spare.

Sarah Friedmann offers 13 ways to demonstrate solidarity and concern for the many effected by this order, many of which can be done in five minutes or less. Of the more accessible, Friedmann offers the idea of calling representatives in the federal government to voice concern for the order and the effect that it has had, or simply sharing an informative post to your Facebook feed.

For those looking to be more hands on in their support, Friedmann suggests offering up legal or language skills to do pro-bono work when dealing with immigration police or in court. Additionally, the idea of bringing necessities to the lawyers and translators at airports to give to their clients can be useful in getting them things like toothbrushes and clean clothes

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