Political Focus: Immigrants’ concerns with the Trump presidency

Melissa Deatsch, Political Columnist

Immigration reform was at the forefront of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.  We heard many radical ideas come from Trump, and now we wait to see which of those will actually be implemented.

The immigration reform President-elect Trump discussed repeatedly throughout his campaign resonated with many Americans and terrified others.  Undocumented immigrants, their loved ones and those passionate about immigration are now facing a mound of concerns as they prepare for the Donald Trump Presidency.

What he promised

The idea of a “great, great wall” along the southern border was one of the Trump campaign’s most high-profile promises. However, as he prepares to take office, he is faced with the reality of the economic and effectiveness of such an idea.

As explained in an extensive New York Times article, wall or no wall, smugglers and undocumented immigrants will find a way into the U.S.

Additionally, the economics of overcoming the environmental and engineering problems of building a wall will be a tough sell to Congress. Speaking of economics, Trump will also face financial obstacles regarding his deportation plan.

According to once-Deputy Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Kumar Kibble, it costs about $12,500 to deport one immigrant.

Trump has repeatedly called for the deportation of all 11 million illegal immigrants.

That’s just the beginning of the $166-billion price tag of Trump’s campaign promises outlined and explained in Politico. With so many experts advising against this plan, it’s unlikely that it will be implemented in its entirety.

What he’ll actually be able to implement

In terms of deportation, President Barack Obama has enacted policies that prioritize criminal illegal immigrants in deportation efforts. We will likely see Trump follow this mindset; however, he has said he will do so “with a lot more energy.”

Even with the intense difficulties Trump will face as he attempts to fulfill his campaign promises, illegal immigrants are breathing no sigh of relief.

On his first day in office, Trump will hold the power to eliminate Obama’s efforts to protect many illegal immigrants from deportation. He will likely strike Obama’s executive orders, including the DACA and DAPA programs, which mainly exist to protect families from being separated by deportation.

Will other immigrants be affected?

Trump’s campaign focused primarily on the southern border. However, as attacks by ISIS and ISIS supporters on U.S. and European countries appeared more frequently in the headlines, we saw him take a more radical position on Muslim immigration, as well.

Trump has called for an immediate ban on all immigrants coming from countries linked with terrorism, namely Syria, where the civil war has set off a worldwide refugee crisis.

One he is inaugurated, this will be well within his power, so we can expect to see this become reality.