7. The Immigration/Deportation Complication
Perhaps the most well-documented policy stance since day one of the Trump campaign, the President-elect built his platform around a promise to make necessary changes to U.S. immigration laws and a commitment to mass deportation of illegal immigrants. Trump said positively via Twitter “When foreigners attend our great colleges & want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of our country.” Looking at the already mentioned Steve Bannon’s statements regarding Silicon Valley and Jeff Sessions stance on obtaining Visas, Trump seems to find himself saying one thing and doing another. According to Sahil Kapur of Bloomberg, an immigration attorney and former president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, David Leopold, said, “The Attorney General’s office and the Department of Justice could create a chilling effect on the use of legal immigration.”
As far as deportation is concerned, Trump has wavered between the number of illegal immigrants he plans to deport as well as insinuating the focus is, at least at first, on 3 million criminals first. Teresa Puente of TIME calls Trump’s deportation promise a “nightmare,” that that it means “undocumented youth could lose the promise of the American Dream.” For those hoping Trump will negate on his deportation plans, Colleen Shalby of The Los Angeles Times sees it already coming to fruition. Literally! In a great blunder, the President-elect and his right-hand immigration man Kris Kobach revealed portions of a private document while posing together for a photograph and forgetting how camera lenses worked! Side note to the administration, please don’t carry around other top secret documentation like the nuclear codes if you’re going to be holding them out to pose for a pic!