The Student Blog Post series invites students from my PLS 321: Electoral Process course to author their own blogs about recent election events.
Recent news regarding immigration policy has become a hot topic in the lives of Americans. Donald Trumps rhetoric has brought this matter to light. As it has been seen, Donald Trump is a major supporter of a more strict immigration policy. In a speech he gave regarding immigration, he refers to the undocumented people from Mexico as: rapists, criminals, and drug ridden people. He also went on to say that the Mexican government should be the one reliable for setting up the wall that would divide the United States from Mexico because of the fact that these people come from their territory. This has not only in many ways brought hatred and anger in the people who are undocumented in America, but it has also brought assurance and confidence to the African American voters.
Does Donald Trump need Latino Voters?
Bruce Bartlett writes in Donald Trump doesnt need Latino voters to win, that the Latino voters that may need to win could be replaced by the large minority of African-American voters, who arguably support Trumps immigration stance. This may be true, but it would be very difficult to gain support from this community due the fact that African-Americans usually vote Democrat. Some African-Americans may dislike the loose immigration policy in place today because of its economic implications. However, several questions arise from this: Due to the large amount of labor that immigrants provide and at such a low expense, how would the mass deportation of undocumented people in America hurt the economy?
The economic backfire to Donald trumps immigration policy
It is important to understand the labor force that is provided by these undocumented immigrants. They acquire jobs that the average person in American would refuse to take. Without them, farming would be made almost impossible. Also, jobs that require an intense amount of work would be left unfinished. They are known for their hard work and skill that they provide. Should this policy be seen through, the economy of America would be harmed, especially in the states that heavily rely on farming economies. According to researchers, the mass deportation of 12 million people would ultimately destroy the labor force by 6.4 percent. This concludes that the GDP growth in American would decline about 1.6 trillion dollars over a 20 year span.
As a result of Donald Trumps stance on immigration, questions of constitutionality, efficiency and overall likeability come up. Though he may have a positive position with African-American voters, there will be a lot of opposition before they consider voting for him. Based on this analysis, it is important to observe the foreseeable risks that are associated with having a president elected with a mindset such as this. As I spoke about recently, there may be economic risks and hateful rhetoric spread throughout America against Latinos. It might be important to think about how the American political system would allow a person to speak those thoughts to the masses and put the entire public at risk.
Arik Naylous is currently a third-year political science major in the California Polytechnic University, Pomona. He enjoys reading, studying and Bernie Sanders. He plans on pursuing a career in politics upon graduation.