Bombastic billionaire and reality TV star Donald Trump, the current GOP frontrunner, has shocked the political establishment by positioning himself as being the toughest candidate on border security and enforcing immigration laws.
Trump has repeatedly promised to “build a wall” on the southern border and to deport all of the millions of illegal immigrants already in the United States.
“We’re going to do a wall; we’re going to have a big, fat beautiful door on the wall; we’re going to have people come in, but they’re going to come in legally,” Trump said at the third Republican debate, hosted by CNBC.
Additionally, on NBC’s Meet the Press in August of last year, Trump made clear that he would also deport so-called “DREAMers,” children of illegal aliens born in the United States who have been protected from deportation by the Obama’s dictatorial “pen and phone.”
“We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go,” he said in the interview. Pressed on what he’d do if the immigrants in question had nowhere to return to, Trump reiterated: “They have to go.”
“We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country,” Trump said to host Chuck Todd.
However, only two years earlier, in August 2013, Donald Trump met with illegal immigration activists, the very same “DREAMers” he now claims to want to deport, telling them precisely the opposite.
NBC Latino had the August 2013 report:
Real estate mogul Donald Trump met with immigrant advocates on Wednesday to discuss immigration reform and ended the meeting with a resolution to move the debate forward.
Trump met with youth immigrant leaders Jose Machado, Diego Sanchez and nationally renowned Dreamer Gaby Pacheco of The Bridge Project at Trump Towers in New York at the request of Antonio Tijerino, President and CEO of the Hispanic Heritage Foundation.
“He really listened and asked thoughtful questions,” said Machado of the meeting to discuss immigration reform. “We had the opportunity to share our stories and explain why millions of Americans from California, Colorado, Texas, Florida and New York (to name a few states) have come out to say, ‘We need to find a solution to our broken immigration system.’”
The Bridge Project aims to link the gap between political parties and connect Americans from across the political spectrum to advocate for immigration reform. The group is currently in the midst of a seven-state tour to gather support for reform.
And it seems the meeting was fruitful, shared Machado. Trump told the trio “You’ve convinced me.”
Donald Trump is credited — and should be — for bringing the problem of illegal immigration to the forefront. He has been willing to say things about the huge problem that millions of Americans feel but are not comfortable saying for fear of being labeled by the progressive PC police as racist and/or bigoted.
The problem is that one has to wonder whether he believes what he’s currently saying, and if he would actually follow through on a huge initiative that he previously was “convinced” by illegals to reject.
Two years is not a long time ago. We should all be suspicious of those newly announced conservatives who have fluctuating principles.
h/t: American Thinker