Thousands of undocumented Gambian migrants in the USA might be heading home soon if Donald Trump becomes the 45th president of the world’s most powerful country.
The Republican presidential front-runner, who has escalated his anti-immigrant political rhetoric in the past few days, wants to deport the estimated 11 million undocumented migrants living in the USA. It is part of his controversial immigration plan.
According to Trump, the process would be very humane and that it would work because he is a good manager.
“We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion. Believe me. I have a bigger heart than you do. We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion,” he told US TV anchor, Jorge Ramos.
The controversial billionaire added: “You know what it’s called? Management … I’m a great manager. I know how to manage things. I hire unbelievable people. What we’re doing here will work great. Once I win, you’re gonna see things happen.”
There is currently a huge number of Gambians in the US that are struggling to regularize their immigration status. Some of them have lived in the USA for more than two decades.
However, according to US-based political commentator, Samsudeen Phatey, there is no reason for Gambians to worry as long as they keep their hands clean and stay out of trouble with the law.
He said: “If Trump becomes president, most of his campaign promises on immigration are going to be unenforceable because they will be out of line with the US Constitution. Unlike other nations, decisions of the president can be challenged in court and be thrown out. Even Obama is facing challenges implementing his executive actions in Red States like Georgia who do not want to accept Syrian refugees.”
Samsudeen added that the relatives and friends of the migrants in The Gambia should be more concerned about their own presidential election in December and not panic about losing remittances, or their loved ones getting deported.