Against all expectations at the start of the primary process, Donald J. Trump has now sealed up the Republican nomination for President of the United States. He will face the Democratic nominee, likely Hillary Clinton, in the general election in November. Trump has long been promising to solve immigration issues with a wall along our southern border (which Mexico, he claims, will pay for). But speaking with the New York Times, he outlined in more detail what the beginning of a Trump presidency would look like:
On Inauguration Day, he would go to a “beautiful” gala ball or two, but focus mostly on rescinding Obama executive orders on immigration and calling up corporate executives to threaten punitive measures if they shift jobs out of the United States.
And by the end of his first 100 days as the nation’s 45th leader, the wall with Mexico would be designed, the immigration ban on Muslims would be in place, the audit of the Federal Reserve would be underway and plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act would be in motion.
On January 20, 2017, DREAMers who have applied for and been granted DACA will have had lawful work permits immediately cancelled. They could be pulled out of their schools, homes, or jobs to face deportation.
By April of 2017, Trump promises to have implemented a religious test to come to the U.S. in spite of our Constitution’s ban on making laws “respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” This religious test would ban 1.6 billion people from all over the globe from ever setting foot on American soil. For now, he’s released no details on how immigration officers will implement his religious test. Will making the sign of the cross when going through customs make sure that we don’t fail the test? Or will having traveled to countries where there are large Muslim populations trigger the need for further investigation by a newly formed Religious Police Agency within Customs and Border Protection?
Unbelievably, these are questions and policies that Americans will need to consider when deciding whether they can support the nominee of one of our two major political parties. I expect that the American people will reject these policies and the candidate who promotes them come November. But the fact that he has made it this far is disturbing and will make for an anxiety-filled election season.
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