Deporting ‘illegal’ migrants: an open letter to President-elect Trump

In an open letter to Donald Trump, I ask how America’s newly-elected President will follow through on his well-publicised campaign plans for deporting undocumented migrants.

‘Your political victory is our academic failure as migration scholars: Playing on voters’ need to deal with their discomfort in the present and fear of the future, you managed to convince them that immigrants are the problem that you are able to solve. Not enough voters were able to counter that narrative by recognising those plans as completely unfeasible and an inadequate solution to any of their problems. In the next four years, we will need to do better’.