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The Insane Numbers Behind Trump’s Stance on Illegal Immigrants


One of the famous campaign promises of President-elect Donald Trump is his plan to prevent illegal immigrants from entering the United States and to deport the country’s current 11 million illegal immigrants.

Trump drew the attention of both fans and critics when he promised to build “a big, beautiful, powerful wall,” along the U.S. border with Mexico. He also proposed a number of other enforcement measures, including apprehending and deporting millions of people.

In an interview aired Sunday night on CBS‘s 60 Minutes, Trump laid out his plan to build the proposed wall, suggesting he would deport several million undocumented immigrants immediately.

“What we are going to do is get the people that are criminal and have criminal records, gang members, drug dealers, where a lot of these people, probably two million, it could be even three million, we are getting them out of our country or we are going to incarcerate,” Trump told 60 Minutes. “But we’re getting them out of our country, they’re here illegally.”

While Trump’s dedication on his plans is out of question, putting them into action has raised concerns because it would involve steps beyond the scope of current U.S. Immigration laws and budget. Experts say that Trump’s proposal could costs billions of dollars to implement and would require hiring thousands of new enforcement agents. Critics even likened it to creating a new police state.


The Cost of Mass Deportation

In comparison with Trump’s plan to build a wall, his mass deportation proposal is more costly and tedious.

According to a government estimate, the Department of Homeland Security’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement division has the capacity to remove roughly 400,000 people a year. Currently, about 5,000 enforcers are devoted to apprehending undocumented immigrants. So, deporting more than 11 million people in the two-year time frame that Trump has promised would require more than 90,000 enforcers—about three times the size of New York City’s police force.

Aside from the additional enforcement officers, the American Action Forum also looked at other aspects of Trump’s plan. The group estimated it would take around 32,000 new immigration attorneys to process cases plus hundreds of thousands of extra detention beds, 17,000 chartered airplane flights, and 30,000 chartered bus trips each year. The total cost would be $100 billion to $300 billion, the group estimates.


The Cost of Building a Wall

Trump himself has suggested that the cost of building a wall in the US-Mexican borders would be around $10 billion—a cost that Mexico should contribute to, according to him. However, Mexican officials and even Trump’s own allies have questioned whether Mexico would ever be compelled to give its share.

The cost of the wall would likely be around $25 billion—no matter who pays. The price tag includes $10 billion for concrete panels, $5 billion to $6 billion for steel columns, and the rest for engineering and management costs, among other items.

That seems like a lot of money by most standards, but in the context of the federal budget it’s actually a relatively modest sum. By way of comparison, Boston’s Big Dig tunnel project, completed a decade ago, cost about $15 billion. Also, Trump promised during the campaign that he would spend more than $500 billion in total on infrastructure—a pledge that’s already had an impact on interest rates.

Overall, Trump’s proposal on building a wall and mass deportation is already drawing concerns from many economists and political analysts even before its implementation. The president-elect may have to think his immigration plans over before taking seats next year.

Elizabeth Olivares – Social Media Assistant

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International students wonder how President Trump policies will impact their lives


International students, who have a sizeable presence at the Boston University, are concerned about the statements made by Donald trump on the campaign trail and wonder if they this rhetoric will translate to reality post the swearing in of the new president and how his policies will affect them.

These international students, represent a sizeable chunk of  the students on campus-in Fall 2015 they numbered 8452; approximately a quarter of the BU student body.

William Grimes, associate dean of the Frederick S. Pardee School of Global Studies, said he expects the incoming president will bring in changes in rules on immigration that will definitely affect immigrants, but legal international students would not have anything to worry about.

However, he felt that the growing specter of xenophobia could be a matter of concern to such students and could prevent students from considering coming to the US for studies and also affect the trend of students coming to the country.     

Many students, Grimes felt,  might have concerns on how they would now be treated in the US and also that many of such students who harbor the hope of  living and working in the country after graduation would now have a rethink on their prospects.

In a placatory statement that aimed to assuage any concerns of international students Grimes also reiterated that the University will continue to ensure a safe and protected environment for everyone.

Alejandro Beristain, a senior in the College of Communication and secretary of the Mexican Students Association, felt that the recent election has changed many international students’ perception of the US as a place that thrives on equality and diversity .He said that Trump’s recent statements had given them a feeling that they were not appreciated or welcome, unlike earlier on.

Roshni Shukla, president of the BU International Society while agreeing that the election had caused unease and distress among international students urged them to remain positive. She reminded these students that they have entered the country legally on their F-1, J-1, or M-1 Visa and should not have any cause for concern and reaffirmed her strong belief that U.S. will still be a country of immigrants and one that still provides so many academic and economic opportunities.

Patricia Arribas, a junior in COM, and Julia Bighetto, a freshman in the College of General Studies and an international student from Brazil, were among the students who are now worried and apprehensive about the long term effect of Trump’s policies that will have a direct bearing on them. They feel that their status as international students would protect them to an extend but felt that this would not prevent growing discrimination.

They both agreed that BU was a wonderful and an amazing place to study they said they had already seen several reports of harassment towards immigrants and advised students that  while they shouldn’t be too worried they should at the same time remain cautious.

Tuan Nguyen – Social Media Assistant

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Places To Seek Help in A Campus

PierpontflagsWhen a person has decided to pursue studies in a college or university in the United States, the experience can be a truly pleasant one. This is mainly because of the many services offered to local and international students alike. There are several places to turn to for help or assistance in every university, whether one needs counseling services, legal assistance or just to polish one’s writing. Given below are eight places that one can turn to when for help, while studying in any university in the U.S.

The International Student Office

The International Student Office stands ready to students with all kinds of assistance, such as solving issues related to school, answer possible cultural questions and so on. Here one can also meet with fellow international students, who might also be of assistance, in answering any questions that one might have.

The Writing Center

A person might be very good at expressing himself/herself conversationally in English, but there are times when it is necessary to make sure that his/her skills in writing are indeed very good. The university writing center offers one-on-one tutoring, for international students as well as any person who requires additional help. Here even highly experienced writers can learn something.

Your Professors

One’s professors understand that most international students might have to face extra challenges, whether they are related to culture or language. Never feel shy to ask any questions or seek clarification about academic assignments, whenever needed. To ask questions is a normal thing at all American university.

Student Union

Studying abroad means also means the many friends one is going to make. Many students prefer to have international students as friends, but having local friends is more important while studying internationally. The Student Union is a good place to begin meeting other students as it is the social center in most campuses in the U.S. Then there are clubs that suits one’s interests and to come across like-minded people.

Career Services

To find a job while in the US for your studies, a student can check with the career services. They will of help in preparing resume, hone interview skills and even help in searching for jobs during CPT and OPT. If a resume has been made already, they can spruce it up, and guide one in finding positions that are worth applying for, and to offer excellent advice, when one starts on a career.

The Academic Adviser

While studying in a US university or college, an academic adviser will be assigned to a student, as a guide in all academic aspects. He/she will inform you of the courses to take, and help in fulfilling the many requirements of the course, and do much more. The adviser will be of help in planning one’s education, as also in the change to a potential career. Usually, there will be one or meetings scheduled every semester, but one can ask for extra appointments if necessary.

Counseling Center

Whenever one moves to a foreign country, it is only natural that one undergoes some culture shock. This can be a bit overwhelming or isolating, at times. This is where university counselors come in, to guide students with similar problems. By working around his/her own schedule, they will make a make a significant difference in the way students feel about differences in culture. So never hesitate to set up an appointment with them.

Legal Services

Hopefully, one will never have to visit the department of legal services while pursuing one’s studies. However, if a student comes across immigration or visa issues, he or she will need assistance from legal services department of the college or university. They can be of help in unraveling the rather confusing legal process and be at one’s side while working to settle the problem.  If the college doesn’t have a legal services department, then the international student advising office will be of help.

By taking advantage of these eight helpful resources, a student stands poised to experience a winning cultural transition, as well as college experience.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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International Students, English Language Requirements

english-language-requirements-greenhandshakeInternational students pursuing their studies in the U.S, have some language requirements to get admission to a university, college, or school, not necessary for American citizens. To get such an admission, one has to be adept at the English language. Many colleges test the English language skills by requiring all foreign students to present test scores certain specified English language aptitude tests such as TOEFL or Test of English Language as a Foreign Language, or IELTS or the International English Language Testing System, the ACT-COMPASS test. These tests assess the level of international students in reading, writing, listening, and speaking English.

How to Prepare For These Tests?

First of all determine what test is required by the college or university, one is seeking admission to, as well as the course. Once it is determined, a visit to the website of the concerned test is necessary. There are several websites that offer online study guides that provide complete information as to the types of questions asked, the number of questions and how and where to take the required test. For instance, TOEFL provides an online test, and a candidate enters his/her answers to the questions into a computer. This test is termed TOEFL iBT. A conventional paper based test is also available, known as TOEFL PBT. The test guide available on the TOEFL website is constantly updated, and offers invaluable tips, on the ways to prepare for the exam.

After finding out what test is required for one to write, the next step is to find out where is the most convenient test center. Some tests are given only during certain times of the year, and so prepare accordingly. Universities and colleges in the US have deadlines for submitting applications for admission. So one should take particular care not to miss them, as one failed to take the required test, well ahead. It is better to take the test, at least one year in advance, if possible.

Actually such tests are meant for those who can speak English, and have already undergone some kind of training in speaking the English language. So, if a candidate cannot speak English fluently, it will be hard for him/her to attend these tests.

Applying to universities and universities in the U.S. can be very stressful, as the whole process includes a lot of test scores, transcripts and other documentation. By completing the whole process successfully, one is paving a good way, to a bright future for one.

Marian Moore – Social Media Manager

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