Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump released his immigration plan yesterday. The document continues themes that Trump has developed in the media and in debates that have propelled his candidacy into the national eye.
For example, Trump insists in the document that “A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.” His plan also includes making Mexico pay for the wall, using coercive methods such as increasing visa fees from Mexico to the U.S. and raising the fees that come with importing goods into the U.S.
“The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working class Americans – including immigrants themselves and their children – to earn a middle class wage,” Trump continued. For this reason, he introduced a number of measures to ensure immigrants are rarely hired over U.S. citizens.
Aside from those who already agree with his positions, Trump has not won over Americans with this plan. Instead, many believe it is too extreme and would hurt the country, not to mention the undocumented immigrants it is meant to deport en masse.