Trump flip-flops on im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy

The Myanmar Times - - World -

DON­ALD Trump is com­mit­ted to a “fair and hu­mane” ap­proach to se­cur­ing America’s borders, but de­tails of his evolv­ing im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy will be re­vealed at a later time, his pres­i­den­tial cam­paign team said.

The Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date’s hard­line stance on repa­tri­at­ing the 11 mil­lion un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants in the United States has been a cen­tral tenet of Mr Trump’s White House cam­paign – and a hugely pop­u­lar sell­ing point to his most ar­dent sup­port­ers.

To keep il­le­gal mi­grants out, Mr Trump has promised to build a wall on America’s south­ern bor­der – to be paid for, he has de­clared dur­ing his cam­paign at rally af­ter rally, by Mex­ico.

One year ago, he is­sued an im­mi­gra­tion re­form plan call­ing for an end to au­to­matic ci­ti­zen­ship for those born in the United States, a right which some say is abused by un­doc­u­mented mi­grants seek­ing Amer­i­can birthright for their chil­dren.

Last week, the Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date – once un­com­pro­mis­ing in his vow to use a de­por­ta­tion force to repa­tri­ate il­le­gal mi­grants – seemed a lit­tle less res­o­lute.

He even sug­gested in one in­ter­view that there could be a “soft­en­ing” of his po­si­tion on how to han­dle un­doc­u­mented mi­grants – a sign of vac­il­la­tion met with dis­may by some Trump acolytes.

“There cer­tainly can be a ‘soft­en­ing’, be­cause we’re not look­ing to hurt peo­ple,” Mr Trump told a Fox News town hall on Au­gust 23.

Now, in the lat­est ap­par­ent turn­around, his sur­ro­gates in­sisted on Au­gust 28 that Mr Trump re­mains as com­mit­ted as ever to main­tain­ing the in­tegrity of America’s borders.

“We’re go­ing to se­cure the bor­der. We’re go­ing to build a wall, have a phys­i­cal bar­rier, en­force the laws of this coun­try,” the bil­lion­aire busi­ness­man’s White House run­ning mate Mike Pence told CNN.

“We will have a mech­a­nism for deal­ing with peo­ple in this coun­try that – you heard the word ‘hu­manely’. It will be fair and tough, but there will be no path to le­gal­i­sa­tion and ci­ti­zen­ship un­less peo­ple leave the coun­try,” said Mr Pence, the gov­er­nor of In­di­ana, ad­ding that some specifics will be pro­vided at a later time.

Mr Trump’s new cam­paign di­rec­tor, Kellyanne Con­way, said there has been lit­tle real change in the cen­tral tenet’s of his im­mi­gra­tion plat­form.

“Ac­tu­ally he’s been pretty con­sis­tent. Im­mi­gra­tion is a very com­plex is­sue,” she said.

“First, there’s still no amnesty. Se­condly, he’s build­ing that wall. That has been the cen­tre­piece of his im­mi­gra­tion pol­icy from the be­gin­ning. It has not changed one inch,” she said.

“He is talk­ing about be­ing fair and hu­mane [but] also be­ing fair to the work­ers who are com­pet­ing for jobs, be­ing fair to all of us that want se­cure borders.” –

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