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Trump Immigration Policy? Build Wall, Deport 11 Million "So Fast Your Head Will Spin"

August 31, 2016

Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump has tied into a pretzel over immigration; on Wednesday night in Arizona he will try to extricate himself. But for all of the talk about a new, "humane" approach with its "baby steps" towards the ejection of the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States, nothing about Trump's position on his signature issue has changed. We know this not just because his campaign manager, campaign spokesperson and son told us so. When it comes to building his wall, deporting the "bad dudes" and removing millions of our friends and neighbors, Donald Trump has repeatedly promised to get it done "so fast your head will spin."

Consider, for example, the fate of the 11 million, 85 percent of whom have been here for at least five years. During a September 10, 2015 conference call with Alabama Republicans, The Donald made it clear that President Trump would get rid of them all--and fast. As CBS News reported, Trump boasted, "I think it's a process that can take 18 months to two years if properly handled." But that wasn't all:

Trump also said that he wouldn't build the wall along the Southern border he has proposed until all the undocumented immigrants are out.
"I will get them out so fast that your head would spin, long before I even can start the wall," Trump said. "They will be out of here. You know we have tremendous problems of crime."
[Emphasis mine.]

You read that right. Donald Trump promised to kick out 15,000 people every day for two years. How he would do identify, locate, round up, house and transport millions of people residing here is a mystery. (As his campaign now insists, just don't call it a "deportation force.")
As we fast forward to August 2016, candidate Trump has softened his language, if not his intent. Last week, The Donald differentiated between the "bad dudes" and the rest of the undocumented immigrants now in the U.S. Expelling the latter group, he insisted, "We want to do it in a very humane manner." As for those bad dudes who committed crimes either before or after arriving in America:

"The first thing we're going to do, if and when I win, is we're going to get rid of all of the bad ones. We've got gang members, we have killers, we have a lot of bad people that have to get out of this country. We're going to get them out. The police know who they are. They're known by law enforcement who they are . . . They're going to be out of this country so fast your head will spin. We have existing laws that allow you to do that." [Emphasis mine.]

As for Trump's big, beautiful wall--the one that Mexico will supposedly pay for--the timeline is a short one. How quickly will President Trump build it? As he boasted in Ohio last week:

"We're going to build a wall folks, don't worry, we're going to build a wall. That wall will go up so fast your head will spin." [Emphasis mine]

Nevertheless, you can expect much of the media to report on Donald Trump's "presidential" visit to Mexico and his supposed pivot on immigration. While nothing will have actually changed, that new narrative will unfold so fast it will make your head spin.


Jon Perr
Jon Perr is a technology marketing consultant and product strategist who writes about American politics and public policy.

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