… and maybe it’s different than you think.
I’d like to suggest that people look at Trump’s immigration ideas a bit differently. Trump says, essentially – build a wall then deport everyone. Two parts.
While many disagree on the latter – do we deport everyone? Only violent felons? Every felon? Everyone ever convicted of a misdemeanor? Everyone over/under some random age? – most agree that any nation has the right to control its borders.
Rather than focusing on the whom-do-we-deport part, maybe we should be focusing on the order of the two parts.
When illegals last bubbled to the top of the domestic-concerns list, Democrats promised Reagan that if he signed the amnesty bill, they’d build a fence and secure the border. Two parts. Having once been a Democrat himself, back in the days when Democrats were not viscerally anti-American liars, he believed them and signed the bill.
Democrats swiftly executed Part One: Amnesty. They never executed Part Two: Border Security.
Democrats controlled Congress then, and if you think they don’t now, please tell me which policies would be different today had the Democrats swept the 2014 mid-terms.
Democrats amnestied everyone and never secured the borders; expecting Democrats to reject so many future welfare voters was absurd then, and it’s more absurd today, now that white workers are abandoning the Democrat Party in droves.
Why have Middle and Lower Class wages stagnated for two decades? Oversupply of workers. Why is crime increasing in every major metro? Oversupply of uneducated thugs, many here illegally. Why do taxes and debt continue to increase? Partly due to politicians in both parties spending billions of welfare money on illegals – which is against current legal immigration law, as well: If an immigrant can’t show support, s/he can’t come.
Back to the two parts:
Maybe Trump knows that the only way to secure the border is to get the wall built. Maybe he, unlike so many others in the GOP, actually learned from Reagan. Maybe he is aware that – as with what happened to Reagan – only the first part of this plan actually can and will be implemented.
Maybe he implements Part One: Build the wall.
As an aside, EVERY construction worker in America ought to be voting for Trump. Keystone and this wall will be of enormous benefit to a huge swath of workers with only a high school education, providing them long-term employment at good wages (no one’s going to overturn Davis-Bacon) that they will NEVER AGAIN get from a Democrat Party that has become stupendously antagonistic toward working men & women. Further, if SCOTUS holds in Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association that compulsory union dues for government union employees is an unconstitutional infringement on their First Amendment rights, which is what happened in WI, then Big Labor is going to have to start supporting the party that wants to build stuff, because Democrats.. don’t. A continued reliance on Democrats by Labor will be an existential mistake – very soon…
Maybe Trump knows that Part Two will never happen, but that Part One really is all that is needed. Maybe he understands that the GOP Progressives (everyone but Trump, Paul and Cruz) all want to have amnesty first (and only, as happened to Reagan) because they are just as Progressive as the DNC, and more in-bed with the Chamber of Commerce & Wall Street, who care only about low labor costs, and will never secure the border.
Maybe once it’s built, the anti-illegal passion is reduced and common sense returns to the debate: It isn’t the fault of illegals that we refused to enforce our laws for 40 years.
Maybe we grasp that shoving back across the border every illegal will result in a failed state on our southern border, with more security issues and more economic issues than exist today. After all, Mexico gets about 15% of its GDP from cash sent back by Mexicans here in the US.
Maybe the only way not to have this failed state – and to help American workers at the same time – is to allow those here, most of whom are not felons, to stay and keep working, and to cutoff the supply of more. After all, when was the last time you saw a non-Mexican busting his ass to sell you produce at the corner or mow your lawn?
Maybe Trump will begin reaching out to minority voters (yes, that includes Mexicans already here) and begin educating them that the primary reason they are jobless or have low and stagnant earnings is the open borders and the consequent oversupply of low-skill workers that are foundational to the party they continue to vote for? That every minority vote for a Democrat increases the probability that that minority voter will remain poor?
Maybe Trump will finally convince African Americans of something no one else has been able to: Supporting a party that demands open borders and an unlimited supply of low-skill workers will keep African Americans and their families in poverty… FOREVER.
Why the GOP hasn’t seriously tried this is one reason among many that they are rightly called “The Stupid Party.”
If Trump gets the wall built and the border secured, my guess is that the next step – throwing out everyone – won’t happen, and that he knows this.
But he also knows that if securing the border doesn’t happen first – it won’t happen at all.
And maybe that’s a good enough reason to support him.