As we have said repeatedly, Donald Trump is not a conservative. This is why he has been a registered Democrat for much of his adult life, and has financially supported more Democrats than Republicans. Mostly, Trump is a mushy thinker and a blowhard. So it shouldn’t be a surprise that yesterday on CNN, Trump retreated on immigration to a position that is hard to distinguish from a typical Democrat’s:
Trump stated, “Number one, the first thing we do, is get the bad ones out. We have a lot of bad dudes as I said, you have a lot of really bad people here. They’re in our prisons, and they’re clogging up our prisons. I want to them to go back — and not only Mexico, I want to get them back to the country…and I want them to be in their prisons.”
He added, “Then we have a law, right? You’re supposed to come in legally. I would get people out, and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal.”
Huh? I don’t think most conservatives want to remove illegals from the U.S. so that we can “have an expedited way of getting them back into the country.” It gets worse from there:
He added, “We have to bring great people into this country, okay? And I want to bring — I love the idea of immigration, but it’s got to be legal immigration. Now, a lot of these people are helping us, whether it’s the grapes, or whether it’s jobs, and sometimes it’s jobs, in all fairness, I love our country, but sometimes it’s jobs that a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I mean, there are jobs that a lot of people don’t want to do.
Ah, yes, jobs Americans won’t do…unless you pay them more. Pathetic.
Trump elaborated that he would give these illegal immigrants “Legal status,” not citizenship, but, “later down the line, who knows what’s going to happen.” He clarified that this meant citizenship would be “something I would think about, but I would say right now no. I’m not open to it. I would say legal status.”
When asked what he would do with DREAMers, Trump answered, “We’re going to something. I’ve been giving it so much thought, you know you have a — on a humanitarian basis, you have a lot of deep thought going into this, believe me. I actually have a big heart. … I mean, a lot of people don’t understand that, but the DREAMers, it’s a tough situation, we’re going to do something, and one of the things we’re going to do is expedite — when somebody’s terrific, we want them back here, but they have to be legally –.”
If that’s the only issue, we can just make them all legal. No more illegal immigration problem! As for citizenship, “later down the line, who knows what’s going to happen?” I can tell you what’s going to happen: most of them are going to become Democratic voters, that’s what’s going to happen.
Unfortunately, some people on the right confuse being a blowhard with being a conservative. Trump is a blowhard, but he is no conservative. Not even on immigration.