There are moments when saying “I told you so” is cruel. Then there are moments when it’s completely warranted. Today, I’m saying “I told you so” to anyone who actually believed, in spite of the preponderance of evidence to the contrary, that Donald Trump was going to deport every illegal immigrant.
In a recent interview with Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly, Trump said:
“We’re going to obey the existing laws. Now, the existing laws are very strong. The first thing we’re going to do, if and when I win, is we’re going to get rid of all of the bad ones. We’ve got gang members, we have killers, we have a lot of bad people that have to get out of this country…
As far as everybody else, we’re going to go through the process. What people don’t know is that Obama got tremendous numbers of people out of the country, Bush the same thing. Lots of people were brought out of the country with the existing laws. Well, I’m going to do the same thing.”
Then during a town hall event Tuesday on Fox News, Trump said:
“There could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people. We have some great people in this country.”
This stands in stark contrast to what Trump said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” in November:
“You are going to have a deportation force, and you are going to do it humanely.”
And when he praised Dwight Eisenhower’s “Operation Wetback” during one of the Republican debates:
“Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower, good president, great president, people liked him. ‘I like Ike,’ right? [He] moved 1.5 million illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border. They came back. Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn’t like it. Moved them way south. They never came back.”
And when he insisted he’d deport 11 million illegals during a CNN debate:
“We have at least 11 million people in this country that came here illegally. They will go out.”
Trump supporters may be getting whiplash, but they shouldn’t be. Here’s why. Trump has always been pro-amnesty. From inception, his immigration plan has been a form of “touchback” amnesty.
“Touchback” is a plan by which illegal immigrants are deported, then provided an expedited means of re-entry so that they can become legal.
In July of 2015, Trump told CNN’s Dana Bash:
“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.”
In November, Trump’s son Eric repeated that to Megyn Kelly:
“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.”
“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?”
Trump doesn’t plan on deporting 11 million illegal immigrants. He never did. He postured during the debates, but now that he’s the GOP nominee and facing massive deficits in the polls, he’s trying to “soften.”
However, if you were paying attention the entire time, you’d already know that Trump is a fraud.