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What Policies Am I Talking About?
Donald Trump has made a number of statements regarding things he would do if he became president, and from these statements we are able to put together what his immigration policy would most likely look like. The first of these policies is the infamous wall, which many Trump supporters believe is the ultimate solution our nations immigration problems.
The plan that Donald Trump has released is to build a massive wall on the border of Mexico and The United States. When asked about the obvious economic problem the cost of that wall would pose, he simply replied with claiming that he would force the people of Mexico to pay for the wall. This “plan” lacks any details. Mexico has stated they would not agree to pay for the wall. Their view may change if, for example, the U.S. would give them additional aid and they can then reallocate their resources to pay for the wall. I would hope a President Trump wouldn’t use such a gimmick, but stranger things have happened.
What other issues would the wall cause?
One of the biggest issues with the construction of a border wall would be the effect it has on trade between the United States and Mexico. The estimated value of the trade exchanges that take place over the border is $1 billion dollars a day. The building of a wall would mean the slower passage of goods between the two countries. That means less trade which will directly affect our economy and taxes. The wall could also reduce the number of tourists from Mexico, a group of people that spent 8.7 billion dollars in 2010.
But that’s not all
I’m sure you have also heard of Donald Trump’s plan to deport all undocumented immigrants because they leech off the system. This statement could not be more false, seeing as how immigrants in the United States provide a far greater amount of economic benefit than they do economic strain. There are numerous other articles on our site that go into this concept more in depth, but the most important thing to take away from this discussion is that undocumented immigrants provide a wide array of economic benefits to this nation, and deporting every single one of them would destroy our economy.
So what can you do?
There are many things that you can do in order to make sure that these plans never become a reality. The first, and arguably the most important way, is to ensure that your voice is heard. If you are an undocumented immigrant, or even a concerned citizen, let your voice be heard by speaking out. Contact your congressman; contact your local voters, even talk to your family. Make sure that people understand the dangers of Donald Trump’s ideas, and that they understand that voting for him could mean the end of our economic system as we know it.
Another thing you can do if you are an undocumented immigrant is to become documented. Through a quick questionnaire on the left-hand side of this screen, you can figure out if you are eligible for legal status or not. If you are eligible, we would love to help you on your path to legal status. If you are not eligible, we still have several other ways that we can help you.
What is the SAFE program?
Here at Andres Mejer law we offer two programs that can help you stay SAFE and Secure in your life in the United States. The first program we offer is our SAFE program. This program’s purpose is to minimize your chances of being arrested for any crime or immigration violation. We provide you with an ID card that you can keep with you at all times and present to both police and immigration law enforcement officials. All you have to do is give the officer the card and inform them that you will not answer any questions without your lawyer present. The goal of this silence is to prevent you from innocently admitting information that law enforcement can use to arrest you of prove your guilt. On the back of the ID card is a list of your constitutional rights, as well as a 24/7 phone number that is manned by an answering service. In addition to these protections, you also receive a FREE 30-minute consultation with one of our staff members every year for as long as you are a member of the program. That way we can evaluate if your options have changed.
What is the Secure Program?
We also have a program called the SECURE program, which applies specifically if you are detained by immigration. The identity card you get with the SAFE program won’t keep you from being arrested if you already have an order of arrest or an order of deportation. However, the SECURE program will greatly improve your chances of getting out of detention quickly, efficiently, and cost effectively. When immigration officials first detain you, your family would normally need to scramble to find you an attorney. Then, your attorney will need to make multiple trips to visit you in jail to fill out paperwork, sign forms, and figure out the best strategy of getting you out of detention. What our SECURE program does, is make sure that all of these things are taken care of before any potential arrest. When you first sign up for the program, we also have the time to do a thorough background check and attempt to fix any issues that can get you into trouble with law enforcement.
Here is what you get with the SECURE program:
- A thorough immigration analysis laying out your options,
- The Safe identity program for two years,
- A free consultation every year for two years to see if your options have changed and to make sure we have the most up to date information for you,
- Preparation for Deferred Action that way once it is implemented you will be ready to file quickly to achieve legal status,
- Criminal background analysis to see if you have outstanding issues that can result in your detention,
- Immigration Background analysis to determine if you have any impediment to achieving legal status and maximizing your ability to get out of immigration detention, and
- Signed documentation to get you of detention either via an Immigration Judge or through immigration in case you already have an order of deportation.
The time during which our nation selects a new president is usually suspenseful enough, but we have had 16 years of poor leadership that have significantly damaged our economy and how we are viewed in the world. Let’s hope that this time, we vote for someone who can help heal those wounds not make them bigger.