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If he becomes president, Donald Trump would repeal a law granting citizenship to all US-born children, putting rigid limits on legal immigration and force Mexico to pay for a wall on its border.The frontrunner Republican presidential candidate outlined his immigration policy in a nearly 1,900-word policy paper Sunday on an issue that has become a key plank of his campaign.

Trump’s immigration plan is based on three core principles: that the US must build a wall across the US-Mexico border, that immigration laws must be fully enforced and that “any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.”

It calls for requiring a nationwide system to verify workers’ legal status, tripling the number of immigration and customs enforcement agents and implementing a tracking system to identify people who overstay their visas.

Trump also vowed to reverse a US law that grants American citizenship to any child born in the US regardless of whether the child’s parents are illegal immigrants.

He also called for suspending the issuance of any new green cards, writing, “there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers.”
Unlike other Republican candidates who would allow children of undocumented immigrants to stay in the US, Trump would have the Dreamers — those who were brought to the US illegally as children – deported.

President Barack Obama’s executive order allowing dreamers to remain in the US “gets rescinded,” Trump told NBC Sunday. “We have to keep the families together, but they have to go.”Pressed on what he’d do if the immigrants in question had nowhere to return to, Trump said: “We will work with them. They have to go. We either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”

While Trump has called for deporting all of the undocumented immigrants in the US and allowing “the good ones,” to re-enter legally, his policy paper makes no mention of that plan.
Instead, it calls for deporting all “criminal aliens.” It does not address the deportation of otherwise law-abiding undocumented immigrants.

If Mexico refuses to pay for the wall, a Trump administration would begin charging additional fees to Mexicans who come into the US on visas or with border crossing cars-particularly for visas to “Mexican CEOs and diplomats.”

“The Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners. They are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up,” Trump wrote. “We will not be taken advantage of anymore.”

(IANS)

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We Got Trump Elected, Shouldn’t Stop Him in 2020; Says Facebook Executive

Instead, the Russians worked to exploit existing divisions in the American public for example by hosting Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest events in the same city on the same day

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FILE - President Donald Trump departs after speaking with reporters on the South Lawn of the White House July 17, 2019, in Washington. VOA

Facebook Vice President Andrew ‘Boz’ Bosworth has claimed that it was the social networking giant that got Donald Trump elected as the US President in 2016 because “he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser”.

In a memo obtained by The New York Times, the key Facebook executive in the same vein suggested that the platform with over 2.45 billion monthly active users should not use its enormous reach to block Trump’s reelection in 2020.

Was Facebook responsible for Donald Trump getting elected?

“I think the answer is yes, but not for the reasons anyone thinks. He didn’t get elected because of Russia or misinformation or Cambridge Analytica. He got elected because he ran the single best digital ad campaign I’ve ever seen from any advertiser. Period”, said Bosworth who runs Facebook’s hardware group.

“Trump just did unbelievable work,” Bosworth wrote.

“They weren’t running misinformation or hoaxes. They weren’t micro-targeting or saying different things to different people. They just used the tools we had to show the right creative to each persona.

He continued: “I find myself desperately wanting to pull any lever at my disposal to avoid the same result. So what stays my hand? I find myself thinking of the Lord of the Rings at this moment”.

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Official portrait of President Donald J. Trump. Wikimedia Commons

“Specifically when Frodo offers the ring to Galadrial (Galadriel) and she imagines using the power righteously, at first, but knows it will eventually corrupt her,” he wrote.

“As tempting as it is to use the tools available to us to change the outcome, I am confident we must never do that or we will become that which we fear.”

“To be clear, I’m no fan of Trump. I donated the max to Hillary,” he tried to clarify his stand.

Bosworth said that it is worth reminding everyone that Russian interference was real but it was mostly not done through advertising.

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“$100,000 in ads on Facebook can be a powerful tool but it can’t buy you an American election, especially when the candidates themselves are putting up several orders of magnitude more money on the same platform (not to mention other platforms),” he wrote.

Instead, the Russians worked to exploit existing divisions in the American public for example by hosting Black Lives Matter and Blue Lives Matter protest events in the same city on the same day.

“Misinformation was also real and related but not the same as Russian interference,” Bosworth mentioned, admitting that Cambridge Analytica was one of the more acute cases where the details were almost all wrong. (IANS)