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In what might be the surest sign yet that Donald Trump is becoming “more presidential” in his tone, he has clarified his position on the deportation of illegal aliens in America.
Asked by Bloomberg Politics, in an interview published on Saturday, whether or not he would issue mass deportation orders for the estimated 11 million illegals in the U.S., Trump said he “would not call it mass deportations.”
“We are going to get rid of a lot of bad dudes who are here. That I can tell you,” he explained.
“President Obama has mass deported vast numbers of people — the most ever, and it’s never reported. I think people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody,” the presumptive Republican presidential nominee pointed out.
The new stance does fly in the face of previous statements Trump has made on a creating a “deportation force” to evict all of the illegals.
“We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion. Believe me. I have a bigger heart than you do,” he told MSNBC ‘Morning Joe’ co-host Mika Brzezinski in November. “We’re going to do it in a very humane fashion.”
As the New York Times explained this week, the barriers to such a project would be astronomical and would take the focus away from finding and deporting dangerous illegal alien criminals.
“I can’t even begin to picture how we would deport 11 million people in a few years where we don’t have a police state, where the police can’t break down your door at will and take you away without a warrant,” former secretary of Homeland Security in the President George W. Bush administration, Michael Chertoff, told the Times.
Some believe Trump has simply used the 11 million number as a starting point in an intense negotiation that would come with opponents in Congress if he were elected president.
“The most optimistic analysis of Trump as a presidential candidate is that he just doesn’t believe in positions, except the ones you adopt for strategic purposes when you’re making a deal,” New York Times writer Gail Collins opined in February. “So you obviously can’t explain how you’re going to deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, because it’s going to be the first bid in some future monster negotiation session.”
And while one ought to expect that the left will paint this as a “flip-flop,” maybe it means is that Trump has streamlined his message and set more realistic objectives.
But then, that’s the more optomistic view.
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