Now that the election has ended, most people are going back to their normal lives. However, this isn’t necesarily true for immigrants. After being placed in the crosshairs of a vicious election campaign, many will spend the next few months debating whether they should live in fear or leave the U.S. This begs the questions: Why were immigrants so heavily targeted during this campaign if data from the American Immigration Council shows that they are much less likely to commit crimes than U.S.-born citizens?
If immigrants are less likely to commit crimes, why did Trump make so many threats to deport millions of them?
During the election campaign, Trump claimed he would deport up to 11 million immigrants in this country. Since that time, President-elect Trump has changed his tune, saying that he would be open to deporting between 2 million and 3 million immigrants. That’s a HUUGE difference.
In the business world, this is called “anchoring.” You’ve probably done it yourself. Let’s say you asked your dad for money to take someone on a date. Pops asks how much you need. You need 20 bucks (not the most expensive date ever), but you say, “I need $50.” Your dad gets annoyed by that number, and says, “I’ll give you $20, and you’re lucky to get that.” You reluctantly say “thanks,” even though that’s all you wanted in the first place. That’s anchoring.
Trump’s rhetoric was so anti-immigrant, that he can now deport 2 million to 3 million immigrants, and it’ll feel like a compromise from the 11 million he threatened to deport earlier this year.
Because deporting 2 million immigrants is easier to stomach than 11 million, right? But in fact, the number is still extremely high. Trump’s fiery rhetoric on immigration has also scared immigrants so much, they may very well leave the country out of fear of being deported or arrested — or worse. No one knows what Trump is actually planning at this moment, and that’s a solid business practice. Doing this, he’s employed fear to encourage people to leave, making his job easier. If anything, Trump has turned a class on business 101 into economic policy.
Immigrants were also targeted because they’re an easy target.
Under the Obama administration, leftist ideals dominated the political discourse and our nation. Our country became a nation that encouraged immigrant inclusion, and relaxed its borders. (Despite being called the “Deporter In Chief,” deportation numbers under Obama only appear bigger based on a shift in how “deportation” is measured. Deportations have actually decreased.) This has lead many people to feel that our country was leaving behind the poor working class in the process. In 2015, several news outlets reported that there were now more minority children in this country than any other ethnicity. According to the Pew Research Center, since the 1970s, immigrants are the sole reason this country’s population has increased. Conversely, in 2013, white people died faster than they were born, creating an alarming deficit. Taking all of this into consideration, immigrants are creating a demographic shift in the U.S, and by 2050, minorities are set to become the majority in the U.S.
The caucasian-birth deficit is one of the concerns at Steve Bannon’s “Breitbart.”
CREDIT: PEW RESEARCH CENTER
If you’ve heard the name Steve Bannon in the last few days, chances are the headlines were either extremely angry or extremely pleased. Here’s why: Steve Bannon is Donald Trump’s chief strategist, and he runs a website called Breitbart. In an interview with Benjamin Harnwell, Bannon described the website as the third largest conservative website, with a reach that extends well beyond Fox News’. In a May 25 article published to Steve Bannon’s Breitbart, Benjamin Harnwell stated the following, “I do believe that there is an international movement […] to reduce global population. I’m certain of that.” He also stated, “every country, unless it’s being maintained through immigration, will decline and collapse.”
The population of the U.S. would “decline and collapse” without immigrants.
CREDIT: PEW RESEARCH CENTER
So if the population of the U.S. is sustained by immigration, it makes little sense that Breitbart writer Benjamin Harnwell would be against what’s keeping the U.S. population afloat. So why would he support deportation? As the Pew Research data suggests, the world’s population will reach nearly 10 billion by the year 2050. Minorities are not on a path to extinction, but the birth-deficits among caucasians is real. While Harnwell doesn’t come out and say that, he is concerned about population decline in a world where data proves the population is not declining. So which population is he worried about? The one that’s in decline. This point of view is one of the reasons people are concerned about Breitbart’s ideals. Granted, Harnwell’s opinions are not Bannon’s.
Here’s how Trump will carry out his plan.
Two nights ago at the anti-Trump rally in downtown Los Angeles. People (mostly millennials) expressed their solidarity with undocumented immigrants by chanting "Say it loud, Say it clear! Immigrants are welcome here!" #not1more #immigration #undocumented #UndocumentedAndUnafraid #daca #deferredaction
Trump’s team is already outling tactics that will allow workplace raids, which could be inhibited in areas that are called Sanctuary Cities. Since last Wednesday, Trump made the mandate that Sanctuary Cities must help the government locate local undocumented immigrants or else they will have their government funding cut – depriving them of billions of dollars. Trump has also stated that the only way immigrants could acquire legal status is by leaving the country, then applying. After toning down talks of building a wall, Trump’s transition team has now come out saying they will build the wall and is also “mulling” a registry for immigrants from Muslim countries. The transition team has stated they will carry out some plans with or without Congress’ approval. Is this another example of Trump’s business talk? We can’t say for sure yet, so the best thing you can do is stay informed.