Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump omitted one major policy option in last night’s immigration speech. It’s one most politicians like to pretend they hadn’t thought of.
Trump detailed a range of immigration control policy options, some of which he could unilaterally implement under Presidential Executive authority. Others would need approval from what would almost certainly be a recalcitrant Congress.
Trump may theoretically be able to enforce more policing and deporting; remove visa overstays; control immigration numbers and demographics; suspend immigration from selected nations; and require a loyalty test…provided funding, personnel, equipment and other resources necessary to make those expensive strategies happen are already on hand.
Other promises, such as the much vaunted southern border wall, a new immigration task force, expanding Border Patrol personnel and blocking Federal funding to so-called “sanctuary cities” whose leadership won’t enforce immigration laws would require Congressional cooperation. And funding.
But there’s one policy the Executive could carry out on its own, starting tomorrow.
If elected, Trump’s FBI could immediately begin investigating and prosecuting employers who hire illegals.
Nobody in government ever wants to talk about that relatively easy-to-enforce option.
In last night’s speech, Trump said he’d work to cut off the illegal jobs supply and mentioned enforcing E-Verify in his speech.
But the candidate avoided any mention of pursuing the easiest part of America’s illegal employment problem to address: the employer side of the equation.
Most politicians steer well clear of that subject because lots of their donors have a vested interest in cheap labor. Especially those in the development and construction and hospitality industries, from whence Mr. Trump hails.
The candidate says he’s not beholden to donor-class special interests.
Let’s hope, if he’s elected, that holds true for other Trump promises to improve America’s employment prospects, like the pledge to rework NAFTA.