It’s odd to me that Donald Trump rode into the 2016 campaign on the wave of anti-illegal immigration sentiment given his actual policy proposals since then.
When Trump came on the scene last summer, many conservatives were pleased that a candidate would come out and forcibly turn the spotlight onto such a critical issue. In that way, I was also grateful for Trump. His sheer star power brought attention to illegal immigration and amnesty in a way that perhaps couldn’t have been accomplished otherwise.
I have to wonder, however, if all the Trump voters who are smitten with the business mogul because of his immigration rhetoric truly know what his policy proposals are. And if they do, why would they still support him?
It’s all about the wall! It’s gonna be yuge, and Mexico’s gonna pay for it! Insult me? It’s now ten feet higher! Trump’s bombast about the wall is a smoke screen for his more liberal policies on immigration and amnesty.
In fact, Trump told The New York Times:
“You know, if it gets a little boring, if I see people starting to sort of, maybe thinking about leaving, I can sort of tell the audience, I just say, ‘We will build the wall!’ and they go nuts.”
Aside from yelling about the wall, what does Trump offer? While a fence is certainly part of the solution to securing the border, there’s more to the problem. What will Trump do about the millions of illegal immigrants already living here? At this point, I’m sure every Trump supporter reading this will respond with: “Deportation Force.”
Trump has said multiple times that he will have a “deportation force” that will essentially round up illegal immigrants. These illegals will then be deported. What many supporters don’t know, however, is that Trump is an advocate of “touchback.” Touchback was first proposed by former Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison in 2007, and would have allowed deported illegal immigrants to return in an expedited manner through a special visa. Despite being praised by the New York Times, touchback failed to gain enough traction in the senate.
Touchback is simply amnesty after a short trip home–and Donald “Build the Wall” Trump is advocating it.
In an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash last July, Trump said:
“I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…A lot of these people are helping us…and sometimes it’s jobs a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal.”
Trump’s son Eric clarified his father’s position–as if it needed clarification–when he spoke with Megyn Kelly in November:
“The point isn’t just deporting them, it’s deporting them and letting them back in legally. He’s been so clear about that and I know the liberal media wants to misconstrue it, but its deporting them and letting them back legally.”
Behind all his strongman talk of walls and deportation forces, Trump is no better than any of the amnesty supporting politicians in Washington.
Actually, Trump’s touchback policy isn’t that far from the position he took in 2012.
During an interview on Fox News in June 2012, Trump said:
“For people that have been here for years that have been hard-workers, have good jobs, they’re supporting their family–it’s very, very tough to just say ‘By the way, 22 years, you have to leave. Get out’…I’m one of the world’s very conservative people, but I have to tell you on a human basis, how do you throw somebody out that’s lived in this country for twenty years.”
Touchback is a slightly harsher version of what Trump was advocating in 2012, but in the end, it’s still amnesty.
So, to all you Donald Trump supporters who jumped on the wagon because you saw Trump as a candidate who would act seriously on illegal immigration, what’s your answer?
I’m sure the first comments on this article will be rationalizations, or TRUMP 2016!–but I’m serious. As you cast your vote with the intention of choosing the candidate who will best deal with illegal immigration, from wall to deportation and beyond, ask yourself if Trump is the right guy for the job. If he’s not–as I don’t believe him to be–who is? Certainly not Marco Rubio .
The only other candidate who has consistently stood for a secure border, enforcement of deportation law, and defunding of sanctuary cities is Ted Cruz . Trump talks tough, but in the end, his position amounts to delayed amnesty.
Is that what you want?