Over the past few months, Donald Trump has received a lot of criticism from pundits for not being detailed enough in policy platform discussions particularly as it relates to immigration. It is safe to say that those criticisms are no longer valid. On Wednesday, August 31, the 2016 Republican nominee for president delivered a comprehensive ten-point immigration policy speech in Phoenix, Arizona. Earlier that day Trump flew to Mexico City to meet with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Níeto where he also had a preliminary conversation about an immigration policy which benefits the hemisphere we share with Mexico.
Trump’s Phoenix immigration policy speech was a home run. First of all, he was extremely specific with a ten point plan. Some of the key points included building the wall along the southern border, ending “catch and release”, blocking funding for sanctuary cities, cancelling unconstitutional executive orders and enforcing all existing immigration laws, and “reforming legal immigration so that it serves the best interest of America and its workers”.
Trump also put a face to the results of an immigration policy which has enabled illegal immigrants to commit violent crimes against Americans, by bringing on stage the Angel Moms, or the mothers or relatives of individuals who were murdered by illegal aliens. The way Trump interacted with these individuals was so genuine. His words and physical gestures with these “angels” who have gone through so much personal pain struck exactly the right tone. He appeared compassionate and he appeared presidential.
Trump also emphasized that we need to reform our legal immigration system. To that end, he has proposed creating a new immigration commission which will be charged with the objective of “selecting immigrants based on their likelihood of success in U.S. society and their ability to be financially self-sufficient.” Trump also highlighted the point that immigration needs to serve America first and that immigration controls need to be established to “boost wages and to ensure that open jobs are offered to American workers first.”
Said another way, Trump is trying to take immigration policy back to its roots. The primary objective of immigration policy is to benefit America’s interest by bringing in new workers who have the skills to succeed economically and adapt culturally in our society. Somehow in the age of political correctness and new world order, that objective has been distorted. Legal immigration has played an important role in our country’s becoming an economic super power with a rich diverse cultural heritage. However, the original immigrants to America had something in common. They wanted to come to America because they valued the American way of life. We have to re-establish as a vetting criteria for entrance to America, a love of American values and a desire for assimilation into American culture. Assimilation does not mean one loses one’s ethnicity. It just means that you become part of the great melting pot we proudly call America. Donald Trump understands the importance of reinstating this litmus test as every point in his ten point immigration policy dovetails with the requirement that those desiring to enter America must espouse American values and must follow American laws. And of course,the first rule to be honored is legal entry across our border. Donald Trump is not waffling on this issue, “believe me.”
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