What would a Trump administration mean to the Latino community?
With all the Republicans contenders out of the race to the White House, Donald Trump is the presumptive GOP nominee. We know he plans to build a wall between Mexico and the U.S., but what other policies would impact the Latino community? Below is a breakdown of his positions on key topics.
“As president … I would be very, very tough on the borders, and I would not be allowing certain people to come into this country without perfect documentation.” – Trump campaigning in Nevada Trump has made immigration his biggest issue this campaign season. He has proposed building a wall between the United States and Mexico, and infamously implied that many of the immigrants crossing that border are criminals and rapists. This week, after a gunman killed 49 people in Orlando, Trump recited a second favorite attack on immigrants: banning Muslims from coming into this country.
But what about people with visas?
“Immigration is a privilege, not a right,” Trump says on his official website. “Our approvals of hundreds of thousands of visas … every year is one of our greatest leverage points.”
Trump also plans to triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, keep undocumented immigrants inside detention centers until they are deported, defund sanctuary cities, enhance penalties for people who overstay their visas and end birthright citizenship. In order to enter the country legally, potential immigrants must present proof of income. Undocumented arrivals would not be eligible for social services.
“We have to keep our country very competitive, so you have to be careful of it.”
This is one of those positions on which Trump likes to remain vague. Although he stated this spring that paid family leave could prove costly to businesses and make American companies less competitive, he has also called for business owners to provide more onsite childcare.
“It’s not expensive for a company to do it,” he told an audience in Iowa last year. “You need one person or two people, and you need some blocks and you need some swings and some toys. You know, surely, it’s not expensive.”
While many high-earning digital companies such as Amazon, Netflix and Spotify offer robust leave policies for their employees, smaller businesses are unlikely to have the same capital to dump towards childcare. In terms of medical or paternity leave, Trump has not offered a clear position.
“You have to have something to live on. But what I’m really looking to do is get people great jobs so they can make much more money than that, much more money than the $15.”
Trump has changed his position on raising the minimum wage several times. He has been against it, then for it and then open to maybe discussing it in the future. His official website makes no mention of the issue or his stance on it, so we will just have to wait for more debates to see where the candidate falls on minimum wage.
“I will bring jobs back from China. I will bring jobs back from Japan. I will bring jobs back from Mexico.”
There is no question that Trump values labor, but the questions remains to what extent does he value it? He has spoken out against the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a trade deal supported by both Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.
Trump’s focus is on keeping jobs inside the U.S. He proposes requiring all employers to hire American citizens before they seek employees who are foreign nationals. This kind of rhetoric is drawing the support of several unions, including the historically progressive Service Employees International Union, which recently told the New York Times that its members could end up voting Republican in the fall.
The bulk of Trump’s talk on Latin America is centered on Mexico and keeping undocumented immigrants out of the country. He is proposing to build a wall, make Mexico pay for it and then implement a series of economic sanctions against Mexico if (and when) it refuses to pay for said wall. The sanctions include impounding “all remittance payments derived from illegal wages, [increasing] fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats ... and increasing fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico.”
Otherwise, Trump calls for an end to trade deals that ship American jobs to other countries.
“On day one of the Trump administration, we will ask Congress to immediately deliver a full repeal of Obamacare.”
Ending the Affordable Care Act is Trump’s primary goal when it comes to healthcare reform. He aims to restore “free market principles” by allowing insurance companies to offer plans across state borders, allow individuals to deduct healthcare premiums from their tax returns, require price transparency from all healthcare providers and remove market barriers for drug providers selling “safe, reliable and cheaper products.”