By ROGER CALDWELL
When Trump tells the media and America that he is going to give a major policy speech, listeners will be more confused when he finishes. Trump is not qualified nor is he psychologically competent to exercise the duties and responsibilities of Commander-in-Chief, which requires a credible level of intelligence and integrity.
Before Trump shouted for over an hour about how he was going to build a wall surrounding the Mexican border, which is a terrible idea, and vowed that Mexicans are going to pay for the wall, he flew to Mexico. In Mexico, Trump embarrassed himself and America by telling reporters that he and the Mexican president, Enrique Pena Nieto, had not discussed who was paying for the wall.
Approximately two hours after Trump left Mexico, President Nieto stated in a tweet, and a media statement that he had, in fact, discussed payment of the wall at the beginning of the meeting. The Mexican President unequivocally stated at the beginning of the meeting with Trump that Mexico was not going to pay for the wall. Based on facts, in the past two years, more Mexicans are leaving America than migrating and crossing over the U.S. border. Building a wall would be a waste of American taxpayers’ money.
In Trump’s major 10 point immigration speech in Phoenix, most of what he said was even more confusing. “This wasn’t really a policy speech, its red meat wrapped around expansions. Yet the pivot – and yes, I hate that word – has been inconsistent since Trump couldn’t figure out what he wanted to say” says Maggie Haberman, a New York Times reporter. Some reporters are saying Trump hard- ened his position with his speech, and others are saying he softened his position. Who really knows, they both are right.
But, the next day, some of Trump’s His- panic advisers resigned from his campaign team, which means he is not expanding his base. This was classic incoherent Trump, whose fabricated facts are designed to appeal to the emotions of his core base.
After Trump discussed his 10 point plan, there was still no definitive plan for the 11 million illegal immigrants in the U.S. This is a large group that includes the “Dreamers” who are American citizens, but whose parents are illegal immigrants.
Will Trump create an immigration task force to deport undocumented immigrants? And, maybe anyone who came to the country illegally will have to leave, and re-apply for legal status. With Trump’s immigration policy, families would be split up, and the undocumented immigrants would be forced to wait for an indefinite period of time until they could possibly rejoin their family.
After Trump shouted during his speech for over an hour, nothing changed and nothing new was presented. He vowed to go after two million undocumented criminals, but since President Obama came into office in 2009, he has deported more illegal immigrants and criminals (2.5 million) than any U.S. president before him, and has doubled the number of agents on the border which consists of 700 miles of barriers or fencing
Trump has labeled undocumented immi- grants as criminals, drug dealers and rapists to scare Americans. But, there has been a dramatic demographic shift since 2005 of immigrants from Asia, India and Africa, who are now becoming the dominant source of newcomers to the U.S. Many of these new immigrants have visas as high-skilled workers, and they arrive legally with college degrees.
In order to create a comprehensive immigration policy, Trump would have to conduct an intellectual study based on facts, and his numbers should indicate a steep decline in Mexican immigration. He also would find that undocumented immigrants commit crimes at a lower rate than Americans.
Trump is too busy shouting and giving out factitious numbers about immigration rather than understanding the global implications of high-skilled workers that arrive from China, India, and Africa. A well thought out comprehensive policy for immigration is needed that makes sense on a global-level, and it takes much more than building a wall that Mexico says they are not paying for.