"Donald Trump's Immigration Policy for Dummies" is a headline open to interpretation. Is it a policy created by dummies? Is it a policy created for dummies? Is it something that only seems like actual policy to dummies?
I'm going to leave interpretation for the reader. Don't be insulted though, I have a collection of "for Dummies" books about a lot of stuff.
Trump's immigration policy is not only the cornerstone of his campaign, it's symbolic of all of his policies. From immigration to defense to health care, there is no policy. There are just words.
There is no policy, there is just words. Lots of words.
In his big speech in Phoenix on Wednesday, Trump emphasized that "Anyone. Who enters. The country. Illegally. Will be subject. To deportation."
That may sound like a policy to you and it actually is a policy. It's the current policy under President Obama. Somehow, Trump makes it sound like it's a new policy and it's his idea.
Well, it isn't. In fact, President Obama has deported more people illegally in this country than any other president.
It's just not something you hear about on Fox News. President Obama has been so tough on immigration that he was nicknamed "Deporter in Chief"
He even deported children, which should make Marco Gutierrez happy.
Mr. Gutierrez is the Mexican jumping bean who said that we need to stem the tide of Mexican immigrants or there will be "taco trucks on every corner."
Which may not be a bad thing.
Contrary to Trump's or Gutierrez's claims, there are fewer Mexicans living in the U.S. now than there were in 2007 and net immigration in 2014 was about ZERO.
This is nothing new. This is the way these people operate.
They create a phony issue and try to make you afraid of it. Then they tell you that they're the only ones who can fix it. Sound familiar?
Don the Con said that on day one of his imaginary administration, he would order local, state and federal officials to start rounding up criminal, illegal aliens. Big words. Sounds great. Rah, rah.
Don the Con may not know it and you may not know it, either BUT the President of the United States can not order local or state officials to do anything. That's not the way our government works. Contrary to Don's delusions of grandeur, the president is not in charge of everyone and everything.
"Build that wall, build that wall."
More big words, makes for a great chant. Rah, rah. Here's the only thing you can be sure of, though. There will be no wall.
Forget about Mexico paying for it because it will never get built.
To start on such a project, the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations would have to cut a check to fund the project. Chairman Harold Rogers (R-KY) has already indicated that there is not likely to be any funds for Trump's wall.
The interesting thing about Trump's speech Wednesday is that he changed it after Mexican President Peña Nieto tweeted that Mexico would not be paying for any wall.
What's important about that is that it's exactly what Hillary Clinton warned about, allowing someone to have access to our nuclear codes who would take retaliatory action based on a tweet.
A freakin' tweet.
Maybe Trump scared you when he said, "Hillary Clinton has pledged amnesty in her first 100 days, and her plan will provide Obamacare, Social Security, and Medicare for illegal immigrants, breaking the federal budget."
Don't be scared. She never said that. She just promised to submit a plan to deal with the immigration issue in her first 100 days.
That's what it is with him, though. It's all words. Soundbites, slogans, bumper stickers and hats. The question is, who's the dummy?
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