Donald Trump has made a lot of enemies over the last couple of months, most of whom he went out of his way to attack. Among them are some fairly powerful people, including Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Trump unveiled his revolutionary plan for illegal immigration this week – a comprehensive report that vows big changes. After weeks of dismissing Trump as a flash in the pan candidate who had no substance behind the style, even his fiercest critics are being forced to reconsider his candidacy. The plan is sound, solid, and aggressive. Will it work? The bigger question is whether or not the American people want a policy this strict.
For his part, Zuckerberg could not be more diametrically opposed to Trump’s vision for America. Their biggest clash comes on the subject of the H-1B visa, a program that lets foreign tech workers come to America to ply their trade at some of the country’s top companies. Zuckerberg is a proponent of expanding this program, having started a public interest group aimed at erasing the border in favor of open immigration. This, Trump says, is the last thing the country needs.
Instead, he wants to increase the amount of money American tech companies must pay to hire H-1B workers, thus evening the playing field for homegrown talent. “This will improve the number of black, Hispanic, and female workers in Silicon Valley who have been passed over in favor of the H-1B program,” Trump said. “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal senator, Marco Rubio, has a bill to triple H-1Bs that would decimate women and minorities.”
The problem, according to Trump, is that tech companies are using foreign workers to lighten the salary load. While the program is meant to compel these companies to pay foreign workers a market average, the stats tell a different story. Foreign workers using these visas are paid up to 45% less than their American counterparts, a conflict of interest that Trump is vowing to wipe out.
The Big Decision
Trump’s approach to immigration has been central to his success in the Republican primaries. There is a huge portion of the population that has been waiting to hear a message like this. A man that recognizes and understands the structural and cultural damage illegal immigration is doing to America.
But there are conflicting opinions. There are liberals like Zuckerberg, Clinton, and Obama who want to push us towards an open-borders policy. There are those in the middle who think we can just “sorta” enforce the law. And there are those who think loose immigration is what’s best for America’s biggest businesses, thus guiding their approach to the issue in their political platforms.
With this plan – a plan that includes a wall across the southern border and thousands of new ICE agents – Trump has thrown down the gauntlet. His stance on illegal immigration is a slash-and-burn one; a politician would have to have an extraordinary imagination to come up with a more intense strategy. That’s a good thing, because it’s time for us to make up our minds about what we’re going to do about this problem. We can’t afford to kick it down the road another four years.
Do we have the intestinal fortitude to protect our country, our culture, and our home? If Trump’s surging numbers tell the tale, we just might.