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Are You Sure Trump’s Gonna Protect You From ‘Them Mexicans?’

How Trump’s immigration policy could do a whole lot better … but isn’t.

Photo by Metin Ozer on Unsplash

Okay. Being one of those silly liberals, I’m against racism as much as anyone else. I don’t hate anyone just because they’re Mexican, nor because they’re having it tough learning English. (I sure had it tough studying Spanish! And I still can’t speak it well.)

However, I didn’t realize the extent to which our country allows immigrants legally in. Good heavens, one person can bring over their entire extended family! Legally! And I didn’t know there was something called the “Visa Lottery” that issues 55,000 green cards every year. Instead of cutting social programs for those who already live here, why doesn’t Trump cut that?

No wonder low income people are having trouble finding work that pays. People used to working for pennies in other countries have no qualms about living ten to a room here, working for less-than-minimum-wage-but-more-than-pennies. Good for employers; bad for Americans.

However, spending two bil on a wall when Trump is trying to cut SNAP and Medicaid for those same low-income Americans whose wages won’t cover both rent and food may not be the best way to go.

It’s splashy and makes big headlines (remember when he was going to somehow force Mexico to pay for it?), but it’s a colossal waste of money, since it turns out there’s a simple way to keep illegals unemployed here for FREE.

Turns out there’s something called E-Verify which, if employers were all required to use it and it were enforced, would make sure American jobs all go to legal Americans, and it doesn’t cost a thing to use. Details below …

My question is, why doesn’t Trump go for these common-sense measures instead of making public racial slurs designed to inflame, anger, and divide people? Why go for a six-year-old’s solution like building the biggest wall ever, instead of implementing something like the Securing America’s Future Act (sponsored by another Republican), that perhaps wouldn’t capitalize on people’s anger or make such big headlines, but would actually raise wages for low-income Americans?

The Wall won’t do that.

Could it be that Trump is trying to have his cake and eat it, too? You know … garner votes with bombastic rhetoric and banner headlines, while quietly not angering employers by doing anything that would actually make them pay more?

It wouldn’t be the first time.


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