Donald Trump’s Racist Immigration Plan Would Wreck The U.S. Economy


Donald Trump’s immigration plan is not only racist. It would also devastate entire sectors of the U.S. economy.

The Trump plan essentially calls Mexican immigrants money sucking criminals and demands that Mexicans pay for the construction of a wall along the Southern border, “Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options]. We will not be taken advantage of anymore.”

Trump also wants to end birthright citizenship, and his plan is loaded with bogus claims that immigration lowers wages.

The Trump plan is loaded with racism. Trump is trying to turn white workers against Hispanics. The United States has a long and ugly history of racism towards immigrants. Trump was trying to tap into that dark vein with his “policy document.” The problem is that his plan is a fairy tale.

Trump’s plan would gravely harm the U.S. economy.

The Hill reported in 2014, “According to the Pew Research Hispanic Trends Project, there were 8.4 million unauthorized immigrants employed in the U.S.; representing 5.2 percent of the U.S. labor force (an increase from 3.8 percent in 2000). Their importance was highlighted in a report by Texas Comptroller Susan Combs that stated, “Without the undocumented population, Texas’ workforce would decrease by 6.3 percent” and Texas’ gross state product would decrease by 2.1 percent. Furthermore, certain segments of the U.S. economy, like agriculture, are entirely dependent upon illegal immigrants.”

In 2012, The US Department of Agriculture found that reducing the supply of immigrant labor in farming would decrease US GDP by 1%. In 2009, the National Milk Federation warned that milk prices would increase by 61% if the immigrant labor force were eliminated.

Contrary to the bogus claims of Trump’s “policy paper,” undocumented immigrants add more to the economy than they take out. According to the American Immigration Council, “The unauthorized, like everyone else in the United States, pay sales taxes. They also pay property taxes—even if they rent. At least half of unauthorized immigrants pay income taxes. Add this all up and it amounts to billions in revenue to state and local governments. The Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) has estimated the state and local taxes paid in 2010 by households that are headed by unauthorized immigrants. These households may include members who are U.S. citizens or legal immigrants. Collectively, these households paid $11.2 billion in state and local taxes. That included $1.2 billion in personal income taxes, $1.6 billion in property taxes, and $8.4 billion in sales taxes.”

Trump’s plan, which conservatives are hailing as just what they have always wanted, would raise prices on consumers, lower the supply of labor in key sectors of the economy, and potentially plunge the country into another recession. What the Republican praise for Trump reveals most is that many conservatives are willing to destroy the economy to feed their racism against people of color.

Donald Trump’s immigration policy would be an absolute disaster for the United States if it were ever enacted.

51 Replies to “Donald Trump’s Racist Immigration Plan Would Wreck The U.S. Economy”

  1. …as I said before…“I’ll be the best jobs President God ever made.”
    …yeah right; mandatory labor at slave wages…what’s next, gas ovens for the disabled old and infirm???

    …now he is conspiring to kill off the USA through racist mayhem…as DJ oft says…”WTF!!!” This is OUR country…not the Kochs, not Trumps, not ANY of the Billionaires Clubs…OURS…if we’re gonna keep it, we better be ready to fight for it…

  2. Drump doesnt have a clue as to what hes doing. America isnt some crap business that you can just declare bankruptcy when you screw up. DT’s a joke candidate. An attempt to reel in the crazies. Perot of ’16. Hillary thanks you, Donald Duck.

  3. I suggest ALL Mexican workers take a day off. Call it a general strike if you will.

    Let the American economy grind to a halt for just one day, and people will finally wake up and get the message that you cannot demonize this huge segment of the population.

  4. Trump can’t even bother to try to understand the complexities of immigration or the American economy or even international relations.

    He doesn’t care. He just throws red meat out there to his “followers” and they lap it up like nobody’s business.

    I don’t know what’s worse: What Trump says or that there are people out there who actually think his ideas are good.

  5. Trump is the most UNEDUCATED one and doesn’t have a clue.

    Who the hell will toil in the San Joaquin valley of California where the MAJORITY of our US produce is grown???

    Who the hell will work in the slaughter houses and chicken farms?

    “Immigrants who are in California illegally make up 10% of the state’s workforce and contribute $130 BILLION annually to its gross domestic product…”

    Undocumented workers: essential but unwanted
    “Undocumented workers are cast by the hysterical as enemies of the state, but they are essential to the U.S. economy. We use them for their labor but decry their presence. We’re all complicit.”
    Trump Tower Was Built on Undocumented Immigrants’ Backs

  6. …I have an idea; dirty pool to-the-MAX…{well, I AM from Chicago…lol} let the immigrants, legal and not, wait until just a month before harvest, then all quit!!!{Tell ’em you’re goin’ back to Mexico!!! LOL} then go to your families…that whole month the farmers, mostly Commercial will be screaming that there is NOBODY to harvest, at least not for the wages they are willin’ to pay…
    …and who will they be screaming at??? Their POLITICIANS!!!
    …think anybody would pay attention to Immigration issues then???

  7. Everyone who supports Trump’s immigration plan should show their support and boycott everything which uses undocumented immigrant labor.

    They can start by not eating. That, or plant, grow and harvest their own crops.

  8. The plan doesn’t have to make sense. These aren’t critical thinkers he’s going after. All he has to do is throw out a few red meat signals to the rabid haters. Round em up, build a fence, deport em. These are phrases that get them all hot and bothered. Not a one of them has a clue as to how this could effect THEIR daily lives or pocketbooks.

  9. Eventually you Trump cheerleaders will have to decide to either back Trump, or try for a party win at the white house.

  10. Theirs a simple reason Trump is doing so well,Americans are sick and tired of the corruption of both political parties and while I don’t support Trump at least the man is using his own money add the fact people don’t want political dynasty’s that establishment politicians are ramming down our throats and the atmosphere is ripe for political outsiders.And again I don’t support Trump but what did he say that makes him a racist? I heard exactly what he said and it’s not racist to claim the Mexican government is giving us its worst citizens I see illegals killing innocent Americans on a daily basis and every time their caught they have records as long as my arm and they have been tossed out of the country numerous times.The president of the U.S took an oath to protect the citizens of this country, by opening the borders and letting sanctuary cities function against federal law is an absolute breach of the oath he took.I challenge anyone to look at Obamas campaign promises hes kept non…

  11. Republican with a Teabag roommate: Rent-A-Center came and picked up the living room furniture and the TV. Do you mind sharing your bed this week? I didn’t have money to pay them this time. It woundn’t have happened if I made more money at the job, $7.25 just ain’t enough. Teabag roommate: Well, I don’t know..Ok, just don’t snore. Come on in. Got in bed with the Teabagger, biggest mistake Rancid Penis’s gansters have done since Reagan. By the way, that Teabag was another man. Any questions?[wink]

  12. Bruce doesnt want facts, especially regarding President Obama’s success. Fox told him differently. The gop is not used to promises kept. Its a non-concept for them. They still deny Barack’s unmatched legitimacy, despite two overwhelming wins.

  13. I can not figure how sending immigrants back home is racism. If we send back a Canadian where does this writer find this is racism. We have lots of ex Canadians that are citizens. How is it racism to deport illegal immigrants? Ruin the economy? Who in the heck is this author and what state hospital is he in. I’m a union liberal and only the Koch brothers make this claim.

  14. …aww, GD it; not another Teatard whining “Well, both sides do it!!!” Both sides do NOT do “Dirty Deeds done dirt cheap”, it’s just the Republican’t Potty projects what THEY are doing onto the nearest Democrat to give themselves cover when they are caught…
    …Democrats ain’t perfect, that’s for sure…if you rethugs were so hot, why does a Democrat have to come in and clean up the mess you folks make EVERY TIME A REPUBLICAN’T IS IS OFFICE???

  15. Then you should read the article and the links. BTW real man of genius it has been estimated that it would cost 400 to 600 billion to deport them. Just where will we get that money?

  16. There’s a fundamental misunderstanding about what a physical barrier—even the triple-layer fencing in San Diego–actually does or doesn’t do for the agency charged with building fencing and securing the border. All it really does is buy you time where a crosser could otherwise quickly escape or assimilate. None of the fencing is impenetrable. People will eventually dig under it or cut through it or go over it,

  17. “Just where will we get that money?” I dunno. I guess from the same place we’ll get our future vegies and fruit.

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    …BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!!! Order now and we’ll sell you ANOTHER ladder just like the first…at the EXACT same price…”
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  19. Trump’s proposals are untenable, but his adoring fans are so mesmerized with his hand-waving and helicopter theatrics that they simply don’t give a damn.

  20. Is anyone surprised? Trump has proven more then enough times that he sucks at making good decisions. He’s a bad businessman who somehow still has a fortune.

  21. Going by the title of this article.

    The pouring in of illegals can wreck any economy. Once change has been made, and settled. the economy would still not be fixed, but begin to settle a little. Just like taking the illegals back out, it will wreak havoc on the economy. But, it will again, begin to settle for the better.

  22. Boy, you usually just do NOT see rebuttals from trolls this powerful, well thought out and documented as this one.

    You sure got Jason on the ropes now!

  23. Imagine if we made it easier to get a green card; easier to renew the green card; easier to be part of the US experience; easier to become a citizen. Imagine living up to our ideals as a Country that welcomes all like it says on the Statue of Liberty.

    When people become naturalized they give up their citizenship of the Country of their birth. They are US Citizens – The children born in this country are US Citizens – thus we should be making it easier for their parents to live here & become citizens if they so wish. If not get them a green card so they are not illegal.

  24. Kind of like trickle down theory. It will hurt & then it will settle down & things will level out. 30+ years later the economy has leveled out to show that it was really trickle up – not trickle down. Middle Class is stagnant, poor are poorer and the rich are richer. The economy continues to struggle while the die-hards continue to push that trickle down works even though it hasn’t.

    This would be the same for the Trump immigration theory. 30 years later we would still be in the dumpster waiting for Trump’s Immigration theory to work.

    Reality check immigrants have all ways done the work that no one else wants to do. Check out the history of the US. From factories to farms – immigrants have been the biggest boon to our Country and to the economy. We need to make coming & living in the US easier not harder.

  25. …I welcome any new neighbors…if ya don’t speak good English yet??? NO PROB!!! I’ll learn to say “Hello” in your own language…

  26. You guys are so funny. I know businesses that use migrant workers. They have paperwork to legally be here. Let’s use Mexico’s immigration laws.

  27. How can deporting illegals out of the country be racist? American’s are throwing political correctness to the curb these are our laws and it is about time the government lets DHS and local enforcement do their jobs! you come here legally or not at all! If I WENT INTO ANY OTHER COUNTRY ILLEGALLY….I would be DEPORTED it wouldn’t be racist because why? because that is that countries laws!

  28. These Crazy/Hateful Conservatives have been Rabble Roused by FOX/Right-Wing Hate Radio: Chickens coming home to roost!

  29. This is exactly right, caligirl, well said. Anywhere else I would feel uncomfortable staying too long, especially like England; where I once visited. I was visiting, but conscious of the time I stayed, because if I wanted to stay permanently, I knew I was going to figure out an application for citizenship process. This is the way it should be here. And Trump is just reversing the injustice of people who have come without regard for the law and think they can stay since no one has stopped them or taken issue with the time they’ve been here without gaining citizenship. He’s standing up for America. We’re overpopulated anyways. Is that racist to say that? It’s not racist. The race car is irritating. And taking away Trump’s freedom of speech with pulling the race card is unjust and unfair.

  30. Taking Donald Trump Seriously (Or Not) Okay, fine, so we’re supposed to pretend to take Donald Trump seriously and continue to indulge this fantasy so narcissistic that Kanye West has called him to take that shit down a notch. Well, then, let’s do it. Let’s say that Trump actually has proposals worthy of consideration beyond “Are you fucking kidding?” If you go to his website and click on “issues,” there is still only one: immigration reform. That’s it. – See more at:

  31. CMG, simple economics. They like the wage we pay them to do that work and that wage gets them far when it goes down south.

    If a strike came for non-union people, the unemployment rate would go down quickly and people without work would come in and get paid-they’d get paid more prob, like when the replacements came in and played in place of striking football, baseball players.

    And while all them were striking and the companies who formerly employed them moved on, they’d be looking for work and their wallets hurting. There would be a period of adjustment, but the companies would get behind unemployed American workers over striking illegal immigrants.

    Listen, Trump isn’t calling for all these people to go back permanently, he’s calling for them to go through the citizenship process like all nationalities do. There are a lot of people who would like to be here and are applying.

    The illegal imm. debate and all symantics/rhetoric is not racist. The race card leverag…

  32. Temporary. You can’t argue for people without a social security # to permanently work here and make more money than natural born citizens. There’s no argument for it.

  33. I worked at the Casinos and Donald Trump has an European international agreement to bring only white European people every summer and winter, the people he called the Good Ones. Some of them stay in this country illegally after the work visa expires they are also illegal but for him “The Good Ones”

    Regarding jobs he takes the jobs back from the Latinos, but who really gets the jobs openings of course the Europeans not the American people. Trump will affect everything and everyone, no only for Latinos but for black people also, Latinos out, white power back, so what is left for the black community, back to slavery that’s Donald Trump plan, white people gets the best jobs and us black people gets chains back, and no more help for food, etc, believe me. The man could not save his own casinos. Don’t vote for Donald Trump, if you do you will suffer, starve and die of hunger.

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