Thursday, September 1, 2016

Trump is Way to the Right of Romney's Self Deport

Listen, his only hope his misdirection. If you create all this ambiguity then hopefully a decent subset of moderate GOPers who want an excuse to vote for the party go with Trump.

Again today he's talking about 'a softening.' Any pundit who takes that as a sign for anything doesn't deserve the title journalist.

"Where's the softening?" radio host Laura Ingraham asked Trump in his first interview aired Thursday after delivering his immigration speech the previous night, commenting that she had found it to be a "very specific, very pro-enforcement" proposal.

Trump responded, "Oh, there’s softening. Look, we do it in a very humane way, and we’re going to see with the people that are in the country. Obviously I want to get the gang members out, the drug peddlers out, I want to get the drug dealers out. We’ve got a lot of people in this country that you can’t have, and those people we’ll get out."

"And then we’re going to make a decision at a later date once everything is stabilized," Trump continued. "I think you’re going to see there’s really quite a bit of softening."

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See when he says this, some read that as he's only going to deport criminals and figure out the others later. Nope.

Return home and apply for re-entry like everybody else. Where is the ambiguity here? If you let Trump muddy the waters it's on you. He's very clear.

As Greg Sargent says, in truth Trump remains to the Right of Romney. Way to the Right:

"Trump has now confirmed not just that the 11 million are all targets for deportation, but also that deportation efforts will beincreased from the status quo. Trump flatly stated that “anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation.” Because Trump stopped using the words “deportation force,” some journalists areclaiming he’s “shelving” mass deportations. But to focus on that is to succumb to misdirection. Trump did say he would remove criminals first. But he also said that we will be in a position to consider the “appropriate disposition of those individuals who remain” only after his “beautiful southern border wall” is built, all the criminals are removed, and illegal immigration is ended “for good.”

"Even though none of those conditions is ever likely to be met, some are bizarrely treating this as if it holds out the promise of relief or legal status later. But it cannot mean this, because Trump himself flatly ruled out any meaningful path to legal status, and he also said he would rescind Obama’s efforts at executive deportation relief, including for the DREAMers which he repeatedly called “amnesty.” There is no logical way to square those priorities with the potential for genuine assimilation later."

"What’s more, as Benjy Sarlin notes, Trump also outlined proposals that add up to a “far more sweeping enforcement regime” than the status quo, and a “major expansion of enforcement in general.” This includes proposals to triple the number of ICE agents, to immediately initiate deportation proceedings for any undocumented immigrant arrested for anything, and to redouble the focus on people who overstay visas. An analysis by Jose DelReal concluded that as many as six million would be targeted for short term deportation under Trump’s regime. As Sarlin rightly puts it, Trump actually recommitted to mass deportations last night, albeit in a somewhat more limited way than his earlier hallucinations about removing all the 11 million with a clap of those strong, manly hands."

"Dem strategist Simon Rosenberg argues that Trump also said he’d do more to enlist local law enforcement in deportation efforts. “Trump stopped using the words ‘deportation force,’ then proposed something far more Orwellian and expansive,” Rosenberg says.

"Given all of this, Trump’s short term focus on criminals and supposed shift away from mass deportations nothing more than a rhetorical ruse. It’s reporter chum. It’s designed to soften the goal of mass removal, by creating the impression that maybe possibly something can be worked out for those he calls “the good ones” later. But that option is simply not present Trump’s vision, no matter how hard people squint for it. Indeed, all of this taken together puts Trump to the right of Mitt Romney’s “self-deportation” stance. Trump would expand deportation efforts, and more generally, he was far more overtly xenophobic about keeping the dark hordes out, and far more lurid and ugly in his broad-brush tarring of illegal immigrants as criminals and invaders, than Romney was."

As for those who are confused: that's the whole point. The point is to create enough ambiguity that some-enough- will believe what they want to believe.

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