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Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Donald Trump's Mercury wings might be clipped by his inaugural issue

Donald Trump took to the 2016 political arena like the champ, Rocky Balboa because of his echoes about immigration.   Yet, the same issue might also clip away his Mercurial wings.

Just like the mythical Mercury was the messenger for all the "Gods", Trump the Chump's messaging might be burning his political wings as he speaks about immigration.

Hello? Donald Trump!  Are you home or is your mind flying around in your Trumponian helicopter?

You  simply cannot deport 11 million immigrants, illegals, green card workers or migrants, just because you want to.  Why? Immigration 101 from a nurse.  Number one: America's workforce capacity can't replace these vital people in the labor industries where many of them are working.  Number two:  Where will 11 million people go when their own nations likely don't want to take them back in?  Number three:  Who is going to pay the deportation costs for 11 million people? Number four:  Deportation of children born in the  US to immigrant parents is illegal.

This Is How Much Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan Would Cost America, if Mexico Doesn’t Pick Up the Tab.  If Trump needs illegal immigrants to go, it’s not going to be cheap.
BY LAUREN FOX  (Published in The National Journal)

August 18, 2015:   It's not cheap to halt illegal immigration in America. And even a business mogul like Donald Trump may have missed the bottom line.

Since Donald Trump declared his intention to run for president, the 2016 contender has struck a nerve with the country's conservatives. And his message on immigration has been paramount to his allure.

Over the weekend, Trump took his rhetoric to paper and outlined his comprehensive immigration plan, which included erecting a border wall, strengthening internal enforcements like E-Verify, tripling the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, and requiring all immigrants caught at the border to be detained until they are removed from the country, not released and monitored.

And while Trump says his plan would boost the American economy, estimates for similar policies indicate it would come with a hefty price tag.

In his plan, Trump demands Mexico pay for his state-of-the-art border wall, but Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto's spokesman told Bloomberg that the Mexican government has no intention of footing the bill. That leaves the cost of building up the border to the U.S., and an impenetrable wall comes at a multibillion-dollar price.

The U.S. already has in place more than 650 miles of border fencing. That project was estimated to have cost $2.4 billion in 2009 and will continue to cost billions to maintain. But Trump's plan calls for a better border fence. Assuming the existing fence is scrapped and replaced with one as secure as Israel's security barricade meant to deter terrorists, the cost of building a fence along all 1,989 miles of the southern border would come to more than $6 billion. National Journal once estimated it would cost $6.4 billion when all is said and done.

But the price tag of the border wall is pittance compared to the mass deportation Trump would like to see if he were president. While it was not listed explicitly in his online immigration plan, Trump told Meet the Press's Chuck Todd this past Sunday that immigrants in the country illegally would be sent back to their home countries.

"We're going to keep the families together, but they have to go," Trump said. "We either have a country or we don't have a country."
(Hello?  Donald Trump?  Are you home or up late into the night "tweeting"?  Yes. We absolutely have a country. We're the United States of America, a nation built by immigrants with laws cemented in our Constitution, where the 14th amendment protects the citizenship of children born in our country.)

The explosive costs of mass deportation have often forced Republican presidential and congressional candidates to find another solution. Trump's position is far outside the mainstream of many other Republicans. There are several estimates out there on what it would cost to round up the roughly 11 million people who are residing in the U.S. without permission. The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, estimated in 2010 (when the illegal population was smaller) that it would take $200 billion to "arrest, detain, legally process and transport the undocumented population over a five year period." That did not include the $85 billion it tallied for keeping up with enforcement in the subsequent five years.

In 2011, the Houston Chronicle reported that ICE Deputy Director Kumar Kibble told members of Congress that it cost $5 billion to round up and deport 393,000 immigrants. That comes to a cost of approximately $12,722 per immigrant. If you had to deport 11 million people at that cost, the feds would be doling out about $140 billion.

Trump argues his plan would grow the economy and "end welfare abuse." Without millions of immigrants in the U.S., American workers, he says, would have better access to jobs.

"We need to control the admission of new low-earning workers in order to: help wages grow, get teenagers back to work, aid minorities' rise into the middle class, help schools and communities falling behind, and to ensure our immigrant members of the national family become part of the American dream," Trump said in his plan.

Donald Trump seems to be obsessed about immigration. He even led the bogus "birther movement", questioning President Barack Obama's legitimacy to be president, based on his father's Kenyan nationality. But, President Obama was born in the US state of Hawaii, so he is a US citizen. Why doesn't Trump the Chump question the legitimacy of Senator Ted Cruz to run for the office of President of the United States? In fact, Cruz was born in Canada.

Perhaps, all of Trump the Chump's magnified misogynist messages and "immigrants as rapists", and other weird political antics, notwithstanding, his immigration plan for mass deportation may undo his charisma.  Hopefully, voter registration drives are already being organized to provide more than enough votes, from among naturalized citizens, to throw his candidacy into the sun, where Mercury can carry him far away from politics.

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