Trump’s speech on immigration: no concessions.
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In the last week and a half, Donald Trump has repeatedly hinted at softening his tough stance on immigration. The Republican presidential candidate of the United States every now and then signaled that he was about to make a statement about his new approach to this most complicated problem.
But Trump spokeswoman Katrina Pearson said last week: “There will be no other message, he just uses other expressions.”
And now it is confirmed that she was in many respects right.
When Trump spoke on Wednesday in Phoenix with his advertised program speech on immigration, the essence of his position remained the same, and the words did not change much.
As in his speech at the Republican convention in July, Trump ignored the calls for moderation and instead, in his usual confrontational style, repeated, or rather shouted, populist slogans that brought him success in the primary elections.
However, the crowd of his supporters, gathered in Arizona, met this statement with cries of delight.
In his speech, there were no attempts to win over voters from the Hispanic minority or to appeal to the more moderate supporters of the Republicans.
Despite his blitz visit to Mexico and negotiations with President Enrico Pena Nieto, Trump repeated his thesis that an “impenetrable, physical, high, powerful, beautiful” wall would be erected on the border with this country.
In Mexico, Trump argued that funding for the construction of this wall was not discussed – “about this later,” he said. But returning to his homeland, he again repeated his previous position on this issue.
“Mexico will pay the cost of erecting this wall,” Trump said, “100%.” They do not know about it yet, but they’ll have to pay, you can believe me. ”
Then Trump in the familiar style began talking about America, besieged by crowds of illegal migrants, although in fact the statistics do not confirm this, especially with regard to visitors from Mexico.
He again read out the list of hard measures he had proposed, many of which he had repeatedly mentioned in his previous statements.
They include the demand for the deportation of all undocumented undocumented migrants. They will be denied a legal status or amnesty.
Instead, they will have to leave America and, on a general basis, apply for a visa.
Moreover, the conditions for granting work visas will also change. Immigration quotas will be introduced, and selection among applicants will be conducted on the basis of professional skills and language skills. In addition, Trump suggests introducing an ideological check – new migrants will have to prove that they love America and American values.
All illegal migrants who were arrested will be deported in an accelerated manner.
Trump stressed that he has a plan to ban immigration from a number of regions and countries that are hostile to the United States. He named Syria and Libya as such countries. Refugees from such countries, expelled from the United States, will be located in special zones in the Middle East, for the creation of which the states of the Persian Gulf will pay.
Thus, Trump resolutely put an end to the illusions that in the past two weeks have been circulating among the more moderate Republicans – that he is plotting a turn in his policy on immigration.
Moderate Republicans were disappointed. “The speech is aimed at his white nationalist base,” conservative political consultant Rick Wilson wrote in Twitter. “They giggle and drool.”
“I heard that Churchill was an outstanding speaker, but Trump’s speech on immigration is the best speech in history,” said, for her part, the ultra-conservative publicist Ann Coulter.
“Donald Trump’s excellent speech tonight,” said David Duke, the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan, “to deport foreign criminals, to catch and not to release, to enforce immigration laws, America first and foremost.”
But what does the return of Trump mean in the context of the presidential election with the hard populism that characterized him at the beginning of the campaign?
It seems that Trump’s election headquarters came to the conclusion that all talk about attracting Hispanic voters should be stopped because of the danger of losing support from traditional Trump supporters.
This immediately aroused the reaction of those few Spanish-speaking politicians who were on Trump’s side. As the Politico website writes, several members of the “National Council of Latin Americans” are considering the possibility of refusing to support Trump.
“We thought we were moving in the right direction,” said Alfonso Aguilar, representative of the Latin American Partnership for Conservative Principles, “We are disappointed and feel cheated.”
Trump clearly decided that it was better for him to continue preaching among those already converted and hoping that they would lead him to victory.
“We intend to take power and regain our country,” said Trump in Phoenix. “We are a people’s movement.”
The Republican pretender is just the way to imagine the presidential election. From his point of view, this is not just an election campaign, but something more – a populist revolution that does not fit within the usual politics and is not guided by the usual principles.
This position has brought Trump a success in the primary elections in many states, which few expected. And now it turns out that Trump is going to play these cards in the months remaining until the November elections, whatever it costs him.