Donald Trump, the 2016 Republican frontrunner, has risen to the top of the heap thanks, in large part, to his willingness to uncompromisingly address important issues that have been carefully dodged by countless timid republicans in the past.
From his unwillingness to yield to political correctness to his unabashed declaration that America must, once again, gain the upper hand on foreign negotiations, Trump’s popularity stems from his having assumed a tough posturing.
One such position is his stance on immigration. Though Democrats and Republicans have, for three decades, pretended that halting illegal immigration is both immoral and an impossible task, Trump has urged a return to commonsense and maintained that illegal immigrants “have to go.”
In a preview for his interview for NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Trump revealed that illegals simply “have to go” and that if elected president, he would rescind Obama’s illegal executive amnesty order that granted amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants.
“The executive order gets rescinded,” Trump unequivocally declared to Chuck Todd.
“We’re going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together, but they have to go.” If such illegals do not have a place to go, Trump explained, “We will work with them. They have to go. Chuck, we either have a country, or we don’t have a country.”
Trump also claimed, “We have to rescind Obama’s executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama’s unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.”
On Sunday, Trump’s campaign revealed his platform for handling illegal immigration which includes an end to the granting of birthright citizenship to the children of illegal immigrants who have children on U.S. soil.
When politicians talk about “immigration reform” they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties.
Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform:
A nation without borders is not a nation.There must be a wall across the southern border.
A nation without laws is not a nation.Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation.Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.
Trump also outlines the ways in which Mexico exploits America’s weakness and helps promote illegal immigration- a crime that saddles taxpayers with an increasing cost each and every year.
To help remedy that, Trump announced that he intends to make Mexico pay for the wall that must be erected to help deter illegal immigration:
The cost of building a permanent border wall pales mightily in comparison to what American taxpayers spend every single year on dealing with the fallout of illegal immigration on their communities, schools and unemployment offices.
Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will, among other things: impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options]. We will not be taken advantage of anymore.
Conservatives should eye Trump’s conservative credentials with suspicion. However, his plan is undeniably bold and exactly the kind of plan needed to finally deal with the threat of illegal immigration.
Best yet: Trump, unlike the vast majority of Republicans, appears to have the guts to outline his controversial plan and unapologetically carry it out. Rhetoric is good, but we must also ask: “Who is serious about implementing their plan?”