Donald Trump Uses New Ad To Scare Everyone About Refugees And Immigrants

Posted by on Aug 21, 2016 in Voice-Over | 0 comments

Trump’s comments are misleading, if not flat-out wrong. Some depend on interpretation ― the ad says Syrian refugees are “flood[ing] in,” for example. The U.S. is on track to admit 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, but that’s a tiny fraction of the Syrian refugee population in general. A majority of those welcomed here have been women and minors.

The U.S. does not deport every undocumented person committed of a crime, which the Obama administration attributes to its limited resources. Some people convicted of crimes considered minor are able to avoid deportation, and others stay because their home countries won’t take them back. But the government does deport hundreds of thousands of people ― it carried out more than 460,000 removals and returns in the 2015 fiscal year.

In general, undocumented immigrants pay into Social Security funds but don’t get anything in return.

The Trump campaign did not respond to requests for comment on what the ad was referring to specifically about Social Security. There are a few possibilities, albeit none that clearly show any mass effort to give undocumented immigrants those benefits. Clinton favors comprehensive immigration reform that would allow some to become citizens, which would make them eligible for Social Security.

Some undocumented young people who came to the U.S. can receive Social Security cards under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA. But they’re ineligible for federal benefits, far from retirement age and make up a minority of the undocumented population. There were reports in 2014 that recipients of Obama’s proposed ― and subsequently blocked ― expansion of deferred action would be eligible to collect Social Security, but it never happened.

The southwest border doesn’t have the wall that Trump has proposed, and Clinton opposes one. But it does have hundreds of miles of fencing and more than 20,000 border agents. The government and analysts typically use border apprehensions as an indicator of total crossings, and they are up from the 2015 fiscal year but still lower than they were in the 2014 or 2013 fiscal years.

From a man who has called for mass deportation, of course, none of this is surprising. But it does show that he is committed to demonizing refugees and undocumented immigrants ― there’s no reason to expect it to change.

Editor’s note: Donald Trump regularly incites political violence and is a serial liar, rampant xenophobe, racist, misogynist and birther who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

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