Donald Trump’s expedited touchback amnesty plan is very similar to other amnesty plans except that it makes him seem tough on immigration and it will cost a whole lot more than other plans. It’s a feel good plan for the Republican Establishment to make them feel like they’re being tough while not alienating minorities. There’s a reason that conservatives fought it in 2007 and there’s a reason that we should all fight it today.
For more details, check out the article they did in Newsweek:
— Clarke Moore (@ClarkeMoore) January 21, 2016
Or this article on Red State:
— Doc Washburn (@DocWashburn) January 21, 2016
Or this article on AEI:
— Patty (@littlebytesnews) January 21, 2016
Below is a video in which I detail my thoughts. Here’s the transcript if you prefer to read it:
There’s a terrible irony that surrounds Donald Trump’s support. Much of it is based upon the idea that he’s tough on illegal immigration. This is humorous (or sad) because his proposal for expedited touchback amnesty would be disliked by a good chunk of his supporters if they ever took the time to research the details.
Many of his supporters have been laser-focused on two concepts: building a wall and deporting illegal immigrants. They miss the second component of his immigration plan. This is by design. He never brings it up at rallies. He only reluctantly talks about it in interviews when asked directly which almost never happens (more on that in a moment).
First, let’s take a quick look at the basics of his amnesty plan.
Of course, he won’t call it an amnesty plan. That’s a word that’s taboo when trying to appeal to his crowd. Instead, he screams loudly and proudly that he’ll get them out. “They gotta go,” he’ll say repeatedly to raucous cheers. The other part that they never hear about in rallies or around the watercooler is that he’ll take them and move them to the front of the line in to register for Z visas. In his plan, they would be permanent. In other words, he wants to deport 12 million people, screen them for criminal records, and let the other 11.5 million back in legally in an expedited fashion.
This was proposed in the Senate and rejected by conservatives in 2007. The difference is that those Z visas were temporary and it did not include the expediting process that Trump wants. He literally wants to reward those who broke the law by giving them permanent residence in the United States.
There are a few ironies. The original touchback amnesty plan was supported by 63% of illegal immigrants in 2007. Trump’s plan, if he becomes President and explains the details, will be supported by even more. Why not? They get to take a short vacation back home on our dime, then they’ll be expedited back into the country legally. Now, I don’t support amnesty, but I’d rather see Marco Rubio’s Gang of Eight plan over Trump’s touchback amnesty plan because at least Rubio’s plan would be straightforward and much cheaper. Trumps amnesty plan will cost billions, and that’s before he builds his wall.
You may be wondering why you haven’t heard about this. The biggest reason is because the mainstream media actually likes the idea. They don’t want to expose his supporters to the truth and risk them not voting for him as a result. They’re foaming at the mouth for the opportunity to attack him if he gets the nomination and they don’t want to blow it by giving his supporters the facts.
For a real border security plan that includes building a wall, tripling border patrols, and not allowing expedited touchback amnesty, you have to look at Ted Cruz. His plan is more conservative and does not reward illegal immigrants who broke the law with a free family vacation and preferential treatment to get back into the country legally.
I’ve always asserted that if Trump supporters knew about his touchback amnesty plan, his support for affirmative action, his use of eminent domain, his progressive tax plan, or any of his other liberal ideas, they would start supporting a real conservative. Unfortunately, most would rather cover their eyes and ears and latch onto the concept that Trump’s a winner.