Analysis Of Trump 's ' Alternative Facts ' On Immigration

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Garrett Smart
February 21, 2017
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Trump’s ‘Alternative Facts’ on Immigration
Constant outrage over immigration to the United States has been on the rise for years now. The Obama administration was constantly ridiculed for being ‘soft’ on immigration. Now, with a Republican controlled White House and a deportation-happy child emperor in the Oval Office, a new hope has risen for individuals who have remained so adamantly against immigration to ‘their’ country. While those on the right will often frame immigrants to be nothing more than job stealing criminals who lower wages and serve as a societal leech, this dialogue is very misplaced. We are a nation built on immigrants, hardworking immigrants who deserve equal opportunity and
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Another major change, and one of the most impactful on a personal level, is that while President Obama’s policy had a cutoff date for those who arrived illegally before January 2014, Trump’s policy contains no similar specifications. This means that immigration officials could be free to target immigrants who have lived in the country for decades, breaking up families and causing extreme psychological and financial stress. Trump is crossing the line into a violation of basic fundamental rights, and this is something that should alarm all of us. Trump has proved time and time again that there is no limit as to how far he is willing to go with his abuses of power in the realm of immigration (Bier, 2016). If the idea of our president willingly destroying families isn’t enough to change one’s mind, lets look at the facts, or lack thereof, within his policy presentation. One of the great claims made throughout the Trump campaign is that the Mexican immigrants coming in were all “rapists and criminals”. He was even quoted in a debate saying " We have gangs roaming the street. And in many cases, they 're illegally here, illegal immigrants. And they have guns. And they shoot people. And we have to be very strong. And we have to be very vigilant." He has put a dialogue into the heads of his supporters that lacks truth whatsoever. No matter how the data is sliced, immigrants have shown to commit
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