On Sunday, just before his appearance on Meet the Press with Chuck Todd, Donald Trump’s campaign released a six page policy plan for immigration.
If you can even call it that.
Let me make this short and sweet. This plan represents the closest that any serious GOP candidate has ever approached reactionary fascism.
What does Trump want to do? Trump’s plan boasts that it will make the Mexican government pay for a wall on our border—something Mexico has laughed at. Trump says that he’ll do whatever it takes to make Mexico do his bidding even if it means starting a trade war with our third largest goods trading partner.
He wants to seize all money sent by illegal immigrants en route to Mexico which would require an unholy amount of potential privacy invasion of, not just illegal immigrants, but United States citizens as well.
He wants to triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that would subvert the authority of local officials—infiltrating communities and the day to day life of citizens.
Trump then wants to use his new version of the Organizzazione per la Vigilanza e la Repressione dell’Antifascismo to round up more than 11 million men, women, and children (regardless of whether those children of illegal immigrants has US citizenship) and place them in mass detention until they can all be forcibly deported.
You read that right. Donald Trump, the frontrunner for the Republican nomination for the office of President of the United States, has announced that he is willing to subvert the 14th amendment’s language concerning naturalization in order to “make America great again.”
Trump believes that immigration hurts the United States. No, not *illegal* immigration.
Immigration in general.
Trump wants to make sure that employers have to hire Americans first or face the music. Apparently Trump isn’t aware of the fact that if Americans wanted the jobs that immigrant laborers do in order to make a better life for themselves and their families… they would be working those jobs already.
They aren’t and they don’t want to.
Trump doesn’t like skilled immigrants either.
“The Chamber of Commerce and Silicon Valley are instead pushing to ease H-1B restrictions and raise the general quota of 65,000 immigrants per year,” according to Bloomberg News. Trump, in his plan, seeks to harshen the restrictions for H-1B.
Trump is attempting to make it clear to the world that the United States is not the United States of the 20th century that was an economic powerhouse, a superpower on the world stage, and the place where you could make your dream come true with hard work and dedication.
Trump’s America is an ethnocentric, xenophobic, statist, fascist, racist country that eliminates pathways to citizenship and intern Mexicans. And now Scott Walker is hopping on the bandwagon.
This is not representative of the big tent ideology that Ronald Regan and George H.W. Bush espoused. How could it be? Donald Trump is neither a real Republican nor is he presidential.