In many ways, President Trump’s deal with the Democrats to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants is not surprising.
Donald Trump told us on the campaign trail that he would look to make deals with Democrats. “I’ve always had a good relationship with Nancy Pelosi,” he once explained on MSNBC in January 2016. “I think I’ll be able to get along well with Schumer, Chuck Schumer. I was always very good with Schumer, I was close to Schumer in many ways,” he said.
What may be surprising to voters is Trump’s embrace of amnesty for illegal immigrants, the so-called “Dreamers.” On Thursday morning, the president sent a couple of tweets outlining a deal he made with minority leaders Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., to legalize DACA, granting amnesty to nearly one million illegal immigrants with unclear additional provisions for border security and no progress toward building a wall on the southern border.
Does anybody really want to throw out good, educated and accomplished young people who have jobs, some serving in the military? Really!.....— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
...They have been in our country for many years through no fault of their own - brought in by parents at young age. Plus BIG border security— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) September 14, 2017
This position seems to contradict President Trump’s repeated campaign promises to fight amnesty for illegal immigrants. So what’s going on?
The truth is, President Trump has said multiple things on both sides of the issue. Conservative Review’s 2016 presidential profile rated Trump’s positions on immigration as “mixed.” There were several moments during the campaign and before he was running for president when Trump took strong positions opposing amnesty.
Trump also, contradictorily, declared support for amnesty several times as a candidate for president and as a private citizen before running for office.
“When I’m president, I’m a different person. I can be the most politically correct person you’ve ever seen,” Trump said in January 2016.
Well, was Trump right? Does President Trump’s deal with the Democrats to grant amnesty to illegal immigrants without any funding toward the wall show he is a different person from the Donald Trump people voted for? Or, given his statements, did we know that Trump was pro-amnesty all along?
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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