I’m beginning to think that Donald Trump was right when he said that he could “stand in the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody” and not lose support among certain segments of the population.
The man who crafted a campaign around two primary issues — illegal immigration and trade — just caved on the first of these. After months of being the toughest talker on illegal immigration, he’s basically come around to the establishment’s way of thinking — namely, that there are just too many lawbreakers out there to do anything about it now. Trump maintains that if he’s elected president he will still build a wall on the southern border, though I suspect that he left that for a future flip-flop.
And so the great climb-down begins.
During an appearance on Fox News last week, Trump said that “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.” What Trump is basically saying is that there should be amnesty for illegals. Sure, if they commit some other crime after they commit the crime of entering our country illegally, Trump will go after them; but all of those “law-abiding” illegal aliens (an oxymoron if ever there was one) will be left alone. That’s amnesty no matter what you call it.
If Trump were to be elected president, and there’s only a sliver of a chance that he will be, nothing would change in this country with regard to immigration, illegal or otherwise. The lawless open border will remain lawless and open, the Border Patrol we pay to pretend they’re enforcing the law will continue to play make-believe, and the rule of law will continue to be a big joke. Don’t believe me? Donald Trump admitted in the same Fox News interview that his policy would be a continuation of that of his two predecessors. “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.”
Apparently Bush and Obama had the situation under control the whole time. Who knew? Trump’s remark leaves me wondering why he chose to run for president on this issue when in fact he was perfectly content with the status quo.