❓Ask Duta: Trump's Wall/Muslims/illegal immigrants

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In the USA, there are many things that President Trump will be able to do only if Congress passes a law letting him do that. Having said that, here is what Trump has said he will do, and probably has the power to do:

  • Deport illegal (undocumented) immigrants. This is not a change in policy, President Obama has already been the leader in such deportations, over 2.5 million undocumented immigrants have been deported over the last 8 years. It is possible that Trump will accelerate the process. This is easier said than done, large parts of the US economy rely entirely on immigrants, both documented and undocumented.

  • Build a physical wall on the US-Mexico border. The border is already protected and, again, this is a policy that sounds fine in theory but much harder to put into practice.

  • "Extreme vetting of Muslim immigrants/refugees." It is not clear what he means by this and he has never explained this in any detail. All immigrants (especially refugees) already go through extensive "vetting," and the law already requires this level of "vetting."

  • Temporary ban on Muslims entering the USA. He has gone back and forth on this, claiming that Muslims need to be banned from entering the country/"extreme vetted" and so forth. He could do this if he wanted.

What is unlikely to change:

  • Legal immigration/Green card process. Trump has always maintained that he is in favor of legal immigration. US companies have demanded more not less legal immigration into the country. However, any change here requires Congress to change the law.

  • Position of African-Americans/blacks. Most of them are citizens of the country and could not be deported. Blacks are a historically oppressed minority in the USA, and under President Trump this would presumably continue to be the case. He has claimed that he alone could have the courage to lift them out of their current condition, but he has not specified what exactly he would do to effect this. On the other hand, his campaign was supported by white supremacists, the KKK, and other anti-civil liberties organisations, and Trump did nothing to reject their support. Trump made many racist comments during the campaign and for a long time refused to accept the legitimacy of Obama's presidency. None of this gives us any hope that Trump would help the African-American/black community in any way.