Up Like Donald Trump

Donald Trump has recently been on every headline, receiving massive amounts of attention as he makes a run for presidential office. Trump is notorious for being outlandish and obnoxious, spewing controversial statements left and right, specially about border security and illegal aliens. The republican front runner, appears frustrated with America and Mexico’s relationship and is quoted saying “The Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem and must help pay to clean it up… We will not be taken advantage of anymore”. On Sunday, August 16, Trump said that he wished to overturn a law granting citizenship to people born in the u.s. And put more limitations on legal immigration to highlight an issue which is becoming a major point in his campaign. He also plans to force Mexico to pay for a wall on its border u.s. Though if Mexico refuses to pay for the wall then the trump administration would begin charging additional fees to Mexicans who come into the U.S. With visas or border crossing cards.

The 14th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified on July 9, 1868, and granted citizenship to “all persons born or naturalized in the United States,” which included former slaves recently freed. In addition, it forbids states from denying any person “life, liberty or property, without due process of law” or to “deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” The 14th Amendment greatly expanded the protection of civil rights to all Americans and is cited in more litigation than any other amendment. 

While attacking this issue its apparent that Trump is going to say what he feels and while this can be a strength it is also a liability. Delivery is everything.Using my I interpretation of the law, Trump seems to make some sense. As stated by the amendment, if one is not born or had the correct paperwork done to become a U.S. Citizen then they should not be here. And because of this law, gates around  the border should be fixed.

nbc-fires-donald-trump-after-he-calls-mexicans-rapists-and-drug-runnersI feel that holding Mexico responsible for some of its border regulation is a good idea but raising the cost of living for people in search of a better life is unnecessary to me. In most cases their financial burden is heavy enough. I also don’t know if further regulating the migration of legal immigrants is the way to go. Although some basic points of trumps argument make sense, he loses me making comments such as,” they have to go”, when asked about the problem directly. Trump believes that any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans. He wishes to require a nationwide system to verify workers legal status and set in place a tracking system for those who have overstayed their visas. On a rather leftist view, Trump does believe that a child born a American soil has the right to be called an American despite their parents background. Trump is a believer in keeping families together but to the flip side of that this puts entire families out of the country no matter how long they’ve been here. This would leave approximately 11 million hardworking immigrant families without a home. In trumps addresses he constantly refers to the Mexican population as “the good ones” or “criminal aliens” putting them in one category. But trumps most Brash statement have gone as far to call these illegal immigrants killers and rapists. I can’t imagine this would bode well with Hispanic voters. Although Trump has r gotten some support from the Federation of American immigration reform, a group that supports reducing the number of both legal and undocumented immigrants in the U.S. In many ways Trumps plans of action line up with the FAIR which is considered by most to be a hate group. As one looks back on Trumps ideas and policies it is easy to see that they are quite unworkable and very unpopular so most likely will never happen. Optimistically speaking if Donald Trump were to become the 45th president of the United States, our foreign relations are prob to suffer.

Isaiah H.


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We are students in Dr. Ostroff's sections of U.S. Government at All Saints' Episcopal School in Fort Worth, Texas. (www.aseschool.org).

One Response to Up Like Donald Trump

  1. Anonymous says:

    I love your title! It caught my eye and made me want to read your essay. I think you have a really good beginning paragraph that is very informative about Trump. Also like how you included the 14th Amendment. If you read over your essay I think you will find the random letters you did not mean to place there. Good job though, I like your essay.

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