Getting to the bottom of what Trump actually means when he speaks can be problematic. In the past, his statements have been so vague as to make them undecipherable. But since that terrible week in the summer when his polls plummeted a good ten points, he’s changed tack. Now the Donald Trump we’re getting is a lot more refined and presidential. And he’s spelling out exactly what he means.
Right from the start immigration law was a central pillar of the Trump campaign. After announcing last June, his tactic was to use immigration to win over support from white voters in the Republican primaries. He talked tough on gangs pouring in over the Mexican border. And he proposed a temporary ban on all Muslims entering the US after the terrorist attacks in Paris.
But since then, the presidential nominee has changed his tone. He wants to appeal to more moderate voters, and in particular, African Americans. That’s left many African Americans wondering what “The Donald’s” policies will mean for them, should he win. Let’s find out.
Many commentators have seen the rise of Trump built on the back of a sea of discontent. He’s reportedly playing on the economic disenfranchisement currently experienced by millions. Right now, millions of African Americans who have jobs are low-paid and overworked. Trump has repeatedly said that the cause of this is the flow of cheap migrants into the US, particularly from Mexico. Immigrants fill local labor markets with cheap labor. And, as a result, the price at which unskilled people can sell their labor goes down. At the moment, there are some very talented academics trying to rebut Trump’s arguments. But the problem is that they’re so common-sense, they’re bound to have an impact on the electorate.
Trump has repeatedly called for policies that help keep businesses in the US. One of his policies is to impose a tax on all products sold by US companies who move overseas. He’s repeatedly threatened the Ford motor company with a 35 percent tax on all important vehicles made in Mexico. How this will help African Americans is still unclear. Trump claims that the threat of taxes will keep US companies in the US. That, in turn, will boost the number of well-paid manufacturing jobs. But it could also hurt the pockets of African Americans. Large enterprises might decide to move abroad anyway, given that the US will impose unilateral import taxes. And that will mean that US citizens will end up having to pay higher prices for imported goods. Thus, there is a scenario where the US loses both jobs and purchasing power.
Trump has also called for reform of the H-B1 visa system in the US. He noted how the Disney Corporation had abused the system to get hold of foreign, unskilled workers. And he noted how Disney made US workers train their supposed replacements. It was a disgusting act of corporate greed that shocked the world. Trump may put an end to such practices. And if he does, there’s a decent chance unskilled workers will finally see their wages rise.