(Guyana Guardian) – While a series of executive orders can play on his side, potential haggling with the U.S court system and a possible confrontation with some immigrants-sympathetic States like New York may mean that incoming President Donald Trump may have to turn to a skeptical US congress to pass a number of bills before he can effectively enforce his campaign plans to evict millions of illegal immigrants from the United States.
At least this is of the view Jonathan A. Spence, a retired Washington DC immigrant lobbyist, who had successfully served the interest of many U.S immigrants’ rights group in the past.
In a telephone interview earlier today with the Guyana Guardian, Spence explained that former President George W. Bush had tried to enforce a similar policy as that envisioned by Donald Trump regarding illegal immigrants but has technically failed to achieve this goal as a result of many hold-ups in the US Courts and an uneasy Congress.
“You just can’t go and start picking up thousands of people and deport them without due process or consideration for the cost to do this, and the potential ramifications among other things”, he said.
Spence explained that the United States does not have the humane holding capacity for a large number of people en route to deportation; neither is it willing to foot the cost of holding hundreds of thousands of people for trial, trying them, and then chartering flights to bundle them out to different destinations.
He estimated that it can cost the United States literally hundreds of millions of dollars to remove Trumps first two million illegal immigrants from the US; – an amount that will require congressional approval, and which might not be approved at all.
He also suffice that a large number of these undocumented workers still pays hundreds of millions of dollars in withholding taxes, and has become a core part of the movement of the US economy, and many large States like California, Florida, and New York.
In view of this, he expressed doubt that Trump can actually put his immigrant clean-up dream into a working reality anytime soon.
Other US Policy experts, with whom the Guyana Guardian has consulted, have also expressed doubt that Trump can actually enforce his immigrant clean-up vision anytime soon.
After all, apart from all of the congressional hurdles and dozens of other obstacles that can be in his way, Donald Trump’s Presidency would have other priorities on its hands that are more important that hunting down and deporting illegal immigrants.
From having to deal with the ongoing issues with Russia and its push in Eastern Europe, the never ending trade war China, and tempering issues that continues to brew in the Middle East, compounded by a series of domestic economic issues.
But even if immigration is prioritized, it will take several months to almost two years of prep work before such a large scale expulsion process can actually start.
Otherwise, it can take as much as three to five years to be become a start-up reality, if it is placed on the back burner of his Presidency.
Nonetheless, for the hundreds of Guyanese and millions of other nationalities that are currently dodging the proverbial immigration bullet in the United States, 18 months more can still be an opportunity to work on normalizing some aspects of their stay, or maybe just enough time to save a little more cash and make adjustments for their almost certain expulsion journey back home.
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