President Donald Trump has pledged to work with Democrats on passing a bill to provide more legal immigration. He has also promised to make “it possible” for other countries to take Americans in immigration. In 2017, he said, “There are many countries, great countries, who want our people.”
Alas, this is the far right’s legacy, even though they may not have a chance of getting much done with a Democrat-controlled House. Trump is doubling down on the wall and his archaic streak of racism – he has yet to back down on DACA, that Obama-era program that was once the proudest achievement of his presidency. And even though many workers, especially African-Americans, the native-born and “aliens” got hit hard after the global financial crisis, the true loss has come not from undocumented workers, but from the destabilization of lower-skilled American workers who lost their jobs.
Q&A What is Trump’s Mexico border wall and why does he want it? Show Hide The so-called “wall” that Donald Trump has promised to build on the US-Mexico border is intended to stop undocumented immigrants entering the US.
Trump made the pledge as part of his election campaign, and has repeatedly said Mexico would “reimburse” the cost of the wall, which he estimates at around $12bn. He has yet to explain how he would fund the project or how it would be paid for.
The Mexican government has repeatedly stated that it will not pay for the wall, arguing that it has sovereignty over its own borders.
Trump’s promises to keep undocumented immigrants out have prompted many thousands to cross the border illegally, often alone, to sneak into the country or seek jobs. In return, Trump has promised millions of Americans jobs and lower prices at the supermarket.
It is in fact roughly 9.9% of all working-age people – 10.6% of African-Americans, 8.2% of Asian-Americans, and 3.6% of Latinos – who are undocumented, according to official estimates. Few, if any, undocumented immigrants are prime gainers of Trump’s promise to “make it easier for them to come out of the shadows”. Their children are often born in the US, and there is a family-based legal path for them to work, access higher education and become citizens.