Each year the United States welcome millions from around the world. The proposition which Donald Trump of banning people from so-called “terrorist countries” or “known terrorist countries” is really kind of difficult to grasp.
According to this article from CNN, his plan would actually bar a total of approximately 10.5 millions individuals from entering the United States.
What are the implications and cost to America?
The article on CNN focuses on the numbers but as an immigration lawyer, we need to also look at the average cost on Americans and the American economy.
Since the ban would affect approximately half of the world’s countries, it means that many of those who are investors or high skilled workers will actually be affected. Investors bring a substantial amount of cash and injection of capital in the United States; cutting them off will not only be ridiculous but suicidal. Many of those who support Trump don’t even know that without some of the investment from some of those on Trump’s ban list, they might not even have a job. Indeed programs such as the EB-5 are often met with investors from the Middle East and China. Since many investing on the EB-5 are used in areas of high unemployment, they do create jobs for many of the same people who are cheering for Trump.
As for skilled workers, many of them from India and Pakistan, they are the core of science, technology, mathematics and engineering (STEM) advancement in this country. If we can no longer bring talents such as those who built the Silicon Valley, California economy will actually be depleted.
After planning to build a wall, to block Mexicans from immigration and deporting undocumented workers, now Trump wants to ban an additional 10.5 millions people from the United States. His ideas are very appealing to a racist and xenophobic constituent, but fortunately it does not appeal to the greater America.
We hope sincerely that he will actually stop his fear-mongering comments and concentrate on real policies.