- So, whom would President Trump like to fill the seat? Here is a list taken from his website (https://www.donaldjtrump.com/…/donald-j.-trump-releases-lis… and https://www.donaldjtrump.com/…/donald-j.-trump-adds-to-list…):
1. Keith Blackwell
2. Charles Canady
3. Steven Colloton
4. Allison Eid
5. Neil Gorsuch
6. Raymond Gruender
7. Thomas Hardiman
8. Raymond Kethledge
9. Joan Larsen
10. Mike Lee
11. Thomas Lee
12. Edward Masfield
13. Federico Moreno
14. William Pryor
15. Margaret A. Ryan
16. Amul Thapar
17. Timothy Tymkovich
18. David Stras
19. Diane Sykes
20. Don Willet
21. Robert Young
Also, Forbes has a nice summary of them: http://www.forbes.com/…/trumps-supreme-court-nominees-wil…/…
CNN also has some commentary: http://edition.cnn.com/…/supreme-court-vacancy-donald-trump/.]
THIRD, cancel all federal funding to Sanctuary Cities
- What exactly are sanctuary cities? Sanctuary cities are American cities that have policies protecting immigrants in the country illegally from federal immigration law, such as restricting police from turning them over to federal agents. Will President Trump be able to do this? I’m sure he can with an Executive Order. The reality is that Congress is already on this: http://gosar.house.gov/…/house-passes-gosar-amendment-block… .
Here are some articles about Sanctuary Cities:
FOURTH, begin removing the more than 2 million criminal illegal immigrants from the country and cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back
- The biggest question with this one really comes down to, “where will the funding come from?” President-elect Trump has already made comments about controlling spending, and the amount of money this will take is more than I think he realizes. Sure, he can divert the money that he plans on keeping from sanctuary cities for this, but I still do not think this will be enough. To take a long quote from the Washington Post (sadly it seems you only get a few free articles a month before they want you to pay for it ;_;):
“Trump has said he wants to triple the number of ICE agents. Even so, rounding up millions of people, criminals or not, would require monumental expense and potentially expose Americans to all kinds of disruptions. Agents can’t simply break down the doors of homes, looking for illegal immigrants. And so there would have to be a surge in raids at farms and factories. New checkpoints might be established along roads. For those who are apprehended and awaiting deportation, the United States would also need to build new detention facilities — or pay private companies to do so.
Trump has also pledged to clamp down on so-called sanctuary cities, places in which local authorities decide not to proactively ask immigrants for paperwork, even if they believe they’re undocumented. Trump could pressure these cities by cutting off or reducing federal funding, a step for which he’d need support from Congress.
Tripling ICE’s immigration-agent core, which currently numbers about 7,000, would be “incredibly expensive” and unlikely to be approved by a Senate run by Republicans but with a large Democratic minority, Sandweg said.
“Think about all the downstream consequences of that,’’ he said. “You need more officers around the country. You need office space, you need all those guns, uniforms, slots at the academy for training. We’re talking about possibly close to $1 billion a year in increased costs.’’”
Now I will quote John Burnett, NPR’s Southwest Correspondent who covers immigration: “Trump has vowed to expand the definition of “criminal alien,” for example, to include immigrants in the U.S. illegally who are convicted of drunken driving. Without the approval of Congress, a President Trump could instruct his immigration agents to round up every immigrant convicted of a crime and deport them all. There are currently 23 countries considered “recalcitrant” by ICE because they will not accept criminal aliens sent home from the U.S. — among them Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran and Zimbabwe. Trump could instruct his State Department to withhold visas for the citizens of these countries unless they agree to accept their deportees.”
Most people would agree that keeping our cities safe from criminals is a good thing. My biggest concern here will be how he plans to pay for this (since he ran on cutting the deficit), and how these criminals are “rounded up”.
As for the denying visas, what exactly does he mean by “cancel visas to foreign countries that won’t take them back”. Is he says that visas will no longer be issued to U.S. citizens who want to visit those countries? Business visas? Tourist visas? Here is the ICE memo that Trump referred to about the 23 recalcitrant (having an obstinately uncooperative attitude towards authority or discipline) countries: https://www.ice.gov/…/docum…/Speech/2016/ragsdale-160714.pdf . Not all the countries are listed, but China is. You need a visa in order to visit China from the U.S. I know; I’ve been there twice. Combine this with the economic posturing he wants to take with China… I’m not trying to sound like a conspiracy theory person, but I am going to want to follow how he deals with China.
Again, this is something to keep an eye on.
FIFTH, suspend immigration from terror-prone regions where vetting cannot safely occur. All vetting of people coming into our country will be considered extreme vetting.
- I can understand wanting to prevent terrorists from coming in as refugees. But at the same time, there is a reason why these refugees are fleeing to begin with. They are wanting to escape the warfare and terrorism that they are facing in real life. European countries are trying to accommodate them they best they can (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-34131911). Also, how exactly does he plan on doing this “extreme vetting.”? Will he set up immigration ports, much like Ellis Island and Angel Island were? It is the vagueness of his plans that worries me. This leads to speculation on both sides, and speculation and uncertainty is what creates fear.
- Also, here is a video commenting on this: http://jezebel.com/trump-surrogate-cites-japanese-internment-camps-as-prec-1789074483?utm_campaign=socialflow_jezebel_facebook&utm_source=jezebel_facebook&utm_medium=socialflow. Since jezebel.com is a liberal leaning website, I wanted to watch the segment in full so I could make sure that it was in context. I was not able to find that segment on foxnews.com. I did find this one, which seems to be a follow up (Megyn Kelly is wearing the same shirt). It does try to clarify the registering Muslims stance, as well as comments on sanctuary cities and the deportation of undocumented immigrants: http://video.foxnews.com/v/5213538597001/?#sp=show-clips
There are also 10 legislative measures that he wishes for Congress to pass. I will also examine them, though they may not come out as quickly or be in order. After all, as much fun as economics is (especially when you have to teach it to high school seniors…), I don’t think I can take on his tax plan in one post. Some of the others are a bit simpler.
I also plan on examining his picks for his staff and cabinet in later posts.