Trump’s speech last night in Phoenix confirmed that his supposed softening on immigration turned out to be wishful thinking. After last night, nobody can claim that Trump’s position on immigration is too soft. Trump reiterated his position paper on immigration that called for a large-scale increase in immigration enforcement along the border and in the interior of the United States through the building of a Great Wall, a tripling of ICE agents, the creation of another deportation force, and mandating the unworkable E-Verify program. He also reiterated his support for slashing illegal immigration.
His listed deportation priorities included visa overstays who account for about 42 percent of all illegal immigrants and an increasing proportion of the total. When combined with his call to revoke DACA, remove all violent and property criminals (wise policy to address a small problem that is already law), and for full enforcement of all immigration laws that means virtually all illegal immigrants will be deported under his plan.
To remove any doubt of this, he also said that “no one will be immune or exempt from enforcement.” Trump interprets enforcement as meaning, “Anyone who has entered the United States illegally is subject to deportation. That is what it means to have laws and to have a country. Otherwise, we don’t have a country.”
Trump’s proposed restrictions on LEGAL immigration could slash the number of green cards issued by up to 62.9 percent. If you don’t believe me and Trump’s own position paper doesn’t convince you, just look at how happy Roy Beck of NumbersUSA is by Trump’s call for cutting legal immigration: