The Painful Reality of the Deportation of Immigrants

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The commander-in-chief of the US has kept his campaign pledge of deporting the illegal migrants, after just one month in office. The president has continuously said that he will deport the “bad ones” and build a wall that will separate illegal immigrants from Mexico to the US soil.

“As promised, for the first time, we are getting the bad dudes out of the country. We are getting out gang members and drug lords out of US at a rate nobody has ever seen,” said Trump on Feb 23rd.

Trump’s terrible remarks bring the worst kind of fear to the more than 11 million migrants that live in the United States. Additionally, he vowed to use the military in coercion, which seemingly will be ruthless and merciless.

He further warned that the undocumented immigrants who stand at 2-3 million, including those brought to the U.S illegally as children, were a threat to the local innocent citizens and, thus, risked deportation.

What Trump didn’t consider is the economic reality and the possible consequences of the deportation. Economic reports indicate that the undocumented workers play a vital role in America.

We realize that the “bad ones” supply their labor through involvements in blue-collar, domestic jobs, and other low-paying jobs that the Americans can’t do.

Economists have argued the possibility of four million jobs going unfilled with the deportation plans. Thus, at full employment, there won’t be enough Americans to fill the available vacancies.

Another reality with the mass deportation of the immigrants is the costs involved. The US government might use close to 600 billion to deport all the undocumented immigrants. Such a figure has a considerable economic implication towards the taxpayers.

Not to mention, the undocumented immigrants help increase the government revenue earnings from the taxes they pay. In 2010, the Social Security Administration received $1 billion in benefits from the illegal migrants. That is the amount of revenue that the government will be missing once they are brutally deported.

During the Obama era, the president introduced DACA which aims at protecting the undocumented migrants brought to the country as children. However, the policy has lost its powers and mandates.

Mexicans, Blacks, and Muslims who have stayed in America for an extended period of time fear the worst for their children, and the idea of deportation puts them in a nervous, tensed situation.

There is a lot of concern from University students and the migrants from Central America, as well as the blacks who expect the worst if President Trump chooses to follow through with his deportation plans. The outcome will have wider complications on the economy.

By Susan Johnes

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