As America, and the rest of the world for that matter, must start to recover from the initial shock that having won the election; Donald Trump is now President Elect. For those who panicked, the panic must now subside as we revisit Trump's pre-election promises and wonder whether the most draconian among them were done solely for effect to garner the support of some of the more extreme members of U.S. society, as well as trying to personify the hopes of the working class from the old industrial heartlands, who in fact are no longer working, win their support and in doing so knock them off the fence. Some elements of the post-election debate are of the view that many of Trump's more extreme pledges about immigrants, Mexicans and various types of walls represent no more than empty rhetoric and that, so far as those pledges go at least, he will turn out to be a paper tiger.
Nevertheless, there is still a great deal of unease among those groups most likely to be affected. Let us consider the plight of young adults brought to America illegally as children. Under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Executive Order, introduced by Obama, providing they keep out of trouble and where appropriate become part of the great American workforce, they are offered protection against deportation and provided with a Green Card.
These people, who have in effect trumpeted (excuse the pun) their own status are law-abiding citizens who contribute through the tax system. America is their home; many have no recollection of another and whilst they may carry around with them vestiges of their heritage they have none of the language and no wish to return to their country of birth. They believe themselves to be America citizens and behave in away that demonstrates they are. Many, on both sides of the political divide, feel that earmarking this group for potential deportation, uprooting and transporting them to a country they know very little of is grossly unfair and something that will stain the America Psyche for years to come.
A Podcast this week by Robert Evans and Tom Riemann highlights the unease felt by two such individuals likely to be affected should Trump follow through on his promise to revoke Obama's DACA. The first contributor is someone undergoing transgender realignment and who fears that they might lose their entitlement to the essential medication needed to complete the process. The second, who is making a huge contribution to American life in is role as a vet working for the U.S. Army and who is the child of immigrant parents, outlines his own fears.
Also in the Podcast, a British journalist joins Robert and Tom to reflect on the similarities between the election of Donald Trump and Brexit; Britain's decision to leave the European Union. In particular reference is made to the way the far right in Britain, Europe and America have sought to capitalize on recent developments to the extent that some commentators believe there is a real threat of civil unrest.