Topic 9 – Migration & Development and a little contradiction

Immigrants Do Not Increase Crime, Research Shows

In his acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention, Trump named victims who were reportedly killed by undocumented immigrants and said:

“They are being released by the tens of thousands into our communities with no regard for the impact on public safety or resources…We are going to build a great border wall to stop illegal immigration, to stop the gangs and the violence, and to stop the drugs from pouring into our communities.”

There are a number of ideas among scholars that explain why more immigration leads to less crime. The most common explanation is that immigration reduces levels of crime by revitalizing urban neighborhoods, creating vibrant communities and generating economic growth.”

 

In California Farm Country, Trump’s Deportation Threat Looms Large

Posted on February 15, 2017 by Yves Smith

These farm workers are no longer outsiders — they’ve become our neighbors, they’ve assimilated into communities. They aren’t a drain on scarce resources — they support themselves. And, as Oscar pointed out, they support us, too.

“I wish people would realize that it’s because of us,” he says, “that the rest of America eats this beautiful harvest.”

            Chicken Little the Sky is falling is written all over the reports on Trump’s inauguration speech. However, what I do not see mentioned is that he is simply saying “Ensure the faithful execution of the immigration laws of the United States, including the INA, against all removable aliens, consistent with Article II, Section 3 of the United States Constitution and Section 3331 of title 5, United States Code”. He further goes on to specify his primary concern is deporting those who have committed crimes, not those that are working and have young children. The details of the President’s policy have been pieced to fit the media’s agenda to arouse fear in those members of society that are not legal, though still contributing members. President Trump further goes on to say “Make use of all available systems and resources to ensure the efficient and faithful execution of the immigration laws of the United States”; I can see how California Farm owners view this as a potential major economic loss since they utilize “removeable aliens” and exploit their desperate situations to their financial benefit. However, why don’t they take some the profit they are recieving from their “employees” hard work and put it towards assisting them in becoming legal, paying for work visas and “green cards” to ensure they don’t lose them?

            President Trump further goes on to explain the order of deportation, and at the top of the list are those aliens who have committed crimes and abused public assistance programs. The policy further goes to state that investigations and reports of any removable alien incarcerated to be deported will be accomplished to ensure the validity of the accusation and deportation. The entire policy reads to be geared towards maintaining and upholding immigration laws and United States Codes against criminal aliens while adding in additional Border Patrol positions to assist in seeking our criminal removable aliens. Additionally, he explains that Section 13 establishes an office to “provide proactive, timely, adequate, and professional services to victims of crimes committed by removable aliens and the family members of such victims”. Both of these will create more government jobs while eliminating the financial burden imposed on the tax-paying citizens by those individuals without “proper papers” who have chosen to not live in a manner commensurate with our laws and regulations, in my humble opinion.

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