For three weeks the mainstream media was talking about a Donald Trump pivot on illegal immigration. First they said he was going to grant amnesty to the 11-12 million illegal immigrants in the United States, then they said there would be no physical wall—only a virtual wall. Even though the Trump spokespeople kept saying over and over he’s not making changes to his plan, it seemed as if every day there was a new report claiming the Republican was dropping an element of his immigration plan. But most of what people anticipated as a flip-flop was mostly a change in tone, very little change in policy.
Last week Joe Scarborough of MSNBC started calling the candidate “Amnesty Don,” based on some of the rumors. Trump however, put an end to that speculation:
Our message to the world will be this: you cannot obtain legal status, or become a citizen of the United States, by illegally entering our country. This declaration alone will help stop the crisis of illegal crossings and illegal overstays. People will know that you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down, and wait to be legalized. Those days are over.
Trump did a good job in pointing out the difference between his plan which is American citizen-centric, and that of Hillary Clinton which is illegal immigrant-centric.
Anyone who tells you that the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in Washington.
(…) To all the politicians, donors and special interests, hear these words from me today: there is only one core issue in the immigration debate and it is this: the well-being of the American people. Nothing even comes a close second.
Hillary Clinton, for instance, talks constantly about her fears that families will be separated. But she’s not talking about the American families who have been permanently separated from their loved ones because of a preventable death. No, she’s only talking about families who came here in violation of the law.
We will treat everyone living or residing in our country with dignity. We will be fair, just and compassionate to all. But our greatest compassion must be for American citizens.
Trump announced a ten-point plan which essentially doubled down on his previously announced immigration policies, vowing to build a wall, paid for by Mexico “They don’t know it yet, but they’re going to pay for it.”