Trump doubles down on tight immigration reform
In a speech to supporters Wednesday night presidential hopeful Donald Trump reiterated his tough stance on immigration. This comes after comments while visiting Mexico’s president Enrique Pena Nieto that seemed to indicate a softening of his previously rigid immigration platform.
His remarks supported what had been strong fuel that powered his early campaign success. Key points included:
- All illegal immigrants will be subject to deportation and those seeking legalization would have to go home and re-enter the country legally.
- Mexico will pay to build an impenetrable wall on the Southern U.S. border. Conversely, Pena Nieto has made it clear that his nation has no intention of paying for such a project.
“We will break the cycle of amnesty and illegal immigration. There will be no amnesty,” Trump said. “Our message to the world will be this: you cannot obtain legal status or become a citizen of the U.S. by illegally entering our country.”
Throughout his campaign Trump has indicated staunch positions on treatment of undocumented workers. This includes deporting immigrants with criminal records and removal of any undocumented person who commits any crime. New immigrants would be subject to more stringent screening tests.
In last night’s speech, Trump also called for strict e-verification of all worker documents by employers, a tripling of Immigration and Customs enforcement staff and a return to work-place immigration raids.
USDA estimates that between 40 and 45% of workers on dairy farms are Hispanic. In recent years farm dairy producers have become human resource experts, ensuring that their labor force has the proper documentation in order to maintain a work flow continuity. Certainly any changes to immigration policy would have a profound impact not just on the operation of U.S. dairies for the larger food production system.