Like expected, Donald Trump had a totally different approach on illegal immigrants and mass deportation in this Wednesday’s speech, compared to his attitude from the primaries. However, this doesn’t mean that his immigration policy will be softened, as rumored.
Still no love for illegal immigrants
According to The Los Angeles Times, The businessman revealed a set of hard-line proposals, focusing on new limits and entry criteria for legal immigrants, as well as welfare abusers, automatic renewal of visa programs and, his favorite, denying the legal status to anyone who stays in the U.S. without proper documentation.
“Our message to the world will be this: You cannot obtain legal status or obtain citizenship in the United States by illegally entering our country,” Trump said to a cheering crowd. “People will know that you can’t just smuggle in, hunker down, and wait to be legalized.… Those days are over.”
Therefore, Trump will still get rid of illegal immigrants, but not through deportation. Basically, by denying any chance of obtaining the legal status for those who come into the U.S. illegally, a potential Trump administration would force them to go back to their countries on their own.
The businessman also added that those who would be allowed in the country need to face new criteria, “based on merit”, like their ability to be financially self-sufficient, unlike the current situation, who privileges those with family already in the country.
“We take anybody, just come on in,” Donald Trump said. “Not anymore.”
Trump praised Mexican-Americans
Finally, the most surprising part of the Republican nominee’s discourse was when he spoke about the people of Mexican heritage.
“I happen to have a tremendous feeling for Mexican-Americans,” Trump said.. He then called Mexican-Americans “spectacular hardworking people” and said he had “such great respect for them.” It was an entirely different Donald Trump.
Will this discourse increase his popularity among Hispanic voters? Hard to believe, we’d say, but only time can tell.