Remember America’s immigrant beginnings

Trump’s plan to deport 11 million people threatens the entire country, not just immigrants.

by Keelia Moeller

As if the hateful rhetoric of presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump wasn’t enough for undocumented immigrants in the United States, another threat looms. 

Last week’s 4-4 tied vote in the Supreme Court will effectively dismantle President Obama’s current immigration plan, which included work permits for immigrants and protections for legal U.S citizens’ undocumented parents. 

Although the vote was tied, the final result was largely swayed by Justice Antonin Scalia’s death, as he would have voted against the continuation of affirmative action. 

Obama spoke out against the final decision and has reassured the undocumented population that they will not face immediate deportation.

Obama’s enforcement policies will remain the same, focusing on undocumented immigrants who commit crimes. Those who have been in the country for an extended period of time and don’t have a criminal record are still considered a low priority in terms of enforcement.

Killing Obama’s plan, which has shielded so many from deportation, is a portent of an unpredictable future for undocumented immigrants. 

Donald Trump, in all of his ignorance, vowed to deport all 11 million illegal immigrants living in America as well as build a wall between the U.S. and Mexico. He has also vocalized his desire to terminate Obama’s immigration plans. 

If Trump is elected, millions of people are at great risk of deportation. Lives would be made volatile, and families would be torn apart.

While I fundamentally disagree with Hillary Clinton on a few of her political agendas, I can overlook these differences because she is our best option for keeping Donald Trump out of the White House. If elected, she would keep several elements of Obama’s immigration plan intact. She is also likely to consider Obama’s nominee, Merrick Garland, to fill Scalia’s vacancy in the Supreme Court.

I’ve know several voters who will turn to a third party because they morally disagree with Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

But when so many people are voting for third party candidates — many of whom are historically unelectable — I fear there will be a deficiency in the electorate needed to counteract the overwhelming support of Trump in America.

We cannot allow Trump to take over the White House. Undocumented immigrants contribute immensely to the U.S. economy. If they were to be sanctioned, the economy is estimated to shrink between $381.5 to $623.2 billion— roughly 2 percent of the nation’s GDP — in just one year. 

Considering the added costs of removing 11 million people, building a massive wall and heightening immigration regulation, the U.S. would be riddled with economic depravity for several years.

Eliminating a significant portion of the workforce is not the answer to economic success for this country. Instead, let’s consider revitalizing the legalization process.