Donald Trump made immigration a key issue during the Republican primary, but recent comments have some worried he may be easing up a bit.
While he hasn’t revoked his pledge to build a “big beautiful wall” that perpetually keeps getting ten feet taller, he’s toning down the other half of his immigration plan.
“President Obama has mass deported vast numbers of people — the most ever, and it’s never reported. I think people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody,” Trump said in an interview with Bloomberg Politics Saturday.
Pressed on whether he would issue mass deportations, as he has called for in the past, Trump said, “No, I would not call it mass deportations. “We are going to get rid of a lot of bad dudes who are here. That I can tell you,” Trump said.So in other words…. he’s not calling for mass deportations, but he’s going to deport a lot of people. Throughout his campaign, Trump has promised to build a wall between the U.S. and Mexican border and deport all 11 million people living in the country illegally.
In November, shortly after he launched his presidential campaign, Trump said he would build a “deportation force” to ship those in the country illegally back to their home countries.
“We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion. Believe me. I have a bigger heart than you do. We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion,” he said.
I imagine Trump’s position hasn’t changed, as he truly just phrased it differently to sound more toned down since he’s now trying to attract the votes of all Americans, not just Republicans. Personally, I think he might as well stick to his guns and keep his pledge to deport all illegals. Liberals are going to blast him as racist no matter what – why kowtow to their sensibilities?
[Note: This post was authored by The Analytical Economist]