In the 2016 GOP primaries, Donald Trump has positioned himself as a hardliner on immigration. The general consensus is that no one is tougher on illegal aliens than Donald Trump. But is that actually the case?
While Trump would work diligently to deport all illegal immigrants-he has even proposed creating a "deportation force"-most would be surprised to learn that he would welcome the non-violent, "good" ones back in on an expedited basis. An expedited basis means line-cutting, and line-cutting means amnesty.
Trump's specific plan-deportation before amnesty-is known as "touchback" amnesty, which was first proposed in 2007 by some members of Congress but failed after strong opposition from conservatives.
Marc Thiessen has written about it here, and also explains it below:
Contrast this with the position of Ted Cruz, who said this in December:
“My position is very simple. I oppose amnesty. I oppose citizenship. I oppose legalization … Today, tomorrow, forever. I believe in the rule of law.”
Cruz recently made note of the difference between his position and Trump's:
Some Trump supporters will say that Cruz flip-flopped on a legal status-although Cruz insists that he was inserting a poison pill into the Gang of Eight bill.
If we are going to consider past positions, we can't forget that Trump said in 2012 that Mitt Romney's plan for self-deportation was "maniacal" and "mean-spirited." And in 2013, Trump told a group of DREAMers that they had "convinced" him.
Ultimately voters will have to ask themselves whose immigration policy they prefer, and which candidate they trust.