Donald Trump would reverse President Obama’s executive orders on immigration and deport all undocumented immigrants from the U.S. as president, he said in an exclusive interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd…

Pressed on what he’d do if the immigrants in question had nowhere to return to, Trump reiterated: “They have to go.”

Trump said, to begin, “we have to” rescind Obama’s executive order offering those brought to the U.S. illegally as children — known as DREAMers — protection from deportation, as well as Obama’s unilateral move to delay deportation for their families as well.

“We have to make a whole new set of standards” for those immigrating to the US.


Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors. We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform:

1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.

3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.


In the 6-page report titled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” Trump is calling for an end to birthright citizenship, saying it “remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.”

Trump again repeated his commitment to build a wall on the United States’ southern border. Outlining his plan, Trump’s policy seeks to “impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards — of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options].”

“We will not be taken advantage of anymore,” Trump added in his most specific policy statement to date on immigration.

Trump’s plan also calls for tripling the number of ICE officers who secure the border from the current 5,000. The Republican frontrunner wants ICE officers to work with local police departments across the country targeting gangs in order to find undocumented immigrants.


In a policy paper issued on Sunday, Trump said he would increase fees on temporary visas for Mexican chief executives, diplomats and North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) workers if Mexico does not agree to pay for the wall.

The NAFTA agreement of 1994 eliminated most tariff and other barriers to free trade and investment between the United States, Canada and Mexico. It permits the temporary cross-border movement of business travelers within the region…

“The Mexican government has taken the United States to the cleaners,” he said. “They are responsible for this problem, and they must help pay to clean it up.”


Columnist and author of “Adios, America,” Ann Coulter stated that Republicans go along with bad immigration policy “to please the donor crowd,” and GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump is doing well in the polls because he doesn’t need donors on Friday’s “Making Money with Charles Payne” on the Fox Business Network.

Coulter said of immigrants coming into the US, [relevant remarks begin around 2:00] “They should all be better than us. There’s no point in bringing in people we have to help, who go on welfare. We have our own poor people we have to take care of, we have our own criminals.”

She was then asked, “Why do we do it? Why do you think we do this? Is it strictly for the voter rolls?” Coulter answered, “That’s how it started, with the 1965 Immigration Act, and why Republicans go along with it, that’s, you know, the baffling question. And that’s to please the donor crowd. Which is why Trump is breaking free, because he doesn’t need [the] Chamber of Commerce, he doesn’t need that — the lobbyist money, and that’s why he’s soaring in the polls.”


Graham said that Donald Trump is embracing self-deportation that calls for all 11 million illegal immigrants to walk back to where they came from and “maybe we’ll let some of them come back.”

“But I hope we don’t go down that road as a party,” Graham told CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

“So the leading contender Mr. Trump is going backward on immigration and I think he will take us all with him if we don’t watch it,” he said.


In short, the great conservative savior who wants to “Make America Great Again” primarily plans to do so by creating vast new swathes of bureaucracy and swelling the police state. In short, Trump is starting to reveal his true colors and they definitely aren’t conservative. As Rick Wilson succinctly noted:

If that’s your jam, then jam on, but if you want to actually have a smaller state with less bureaucracy and government intrusion, then Trump is not the droid you seek. His plans to make America great again increasingly look like Obama on stilts with a big bag of cocaine and no limiting principles.


As to amnesty, I’m with Ann Coulter on this. Trump surged because his view of the border contained a raw, visceral, recognizable truth that those Americans in non-gated communities live with every day. The integrity of a nation’s borders and the privilege of its citizenship is certainly a “truly conservative” principle. More practically for this election, it may be the one on which all the others depend. That’s to say, if America as a whole undergoes the demographic transformation California has undergone in the past 40 years, no “true conservative” will be elected to Washington ever again. In that sense, being conservative on immigration is more pressing than being conservative on, say, Common Core or taking federal money for Medicare or anything else.

Maybe Trump will change his mind about that, too. Maybe he’ll need more Mexicans to work in all those Planned Parenthood clinics he’s planning to fund, or to secure all those Arabian oil fields he’ll be seizing circa February 2017. Or maybe he’ll just say something else off the top of his head. But for now he’s the guy talking about the critical issue in less dishonest terms than anybody else, and he’s a lot more fun than George Pataki so why not let him run around a while longer?

And, as Ann Coulter says to the other candidates, if you don’t like Trump, steal his issue. Argue him off the stage. Take him down with the mighty firepower of your superior intellect and your sturdy rock-ribbed conservative principles. Miss Coulter has often damned establishment Republicans as “girly-boys” , but even she must be bemused by grown “men” so desperate to be rid of Trump that they stampede for Megyn Kelly’s Tampax as the only weapon to hand.


When a car salesperson trained in persuasion asks if you prefer the red Honda Civic or the Blue one, that is a trick called making you “think past the sale” and the idea is to make you engage on the question of color as if you have already decided to buy the car. That is Persuasion 101 and I have seen no one in the media point it out when Trump does it.

The $10 billion estimate Trump uses for his own net worth is also an “anchor” in your mind. That’s another classic negotiation/persuasion method. I remember the $10 billion estimate because it is big and round and a bit outrageous. And he keeps repeating it because repetition is persuasion too…

You might be concerned that exaggerating ones net worth is like lying, and the public will not like a liar. But keep in mind that Trump’s value proposition is that he will “Make America Great.” In other words, he wants to bring the same sort of persuasion to the question of America’s reputation in the world. That concept sounds appealing to me. The nation needs good brand management, whether you think Trump is the right person or not. (Obviously we need good execution as well, not just brand illusion. But a strong brand gives you better leverage for getting what you want. It is all connected.)…

Now that Trump owns FOX, and I see how well his anchor trick works with the public, I’m going to predict he will be our next president. I think he will move to the center on social issues (already happening) and win against Clinton in a tight election.


Reihan Salam, writing in Slate, observes that Mr Trump’s ascendancy mirrors the rise of right-wing parties in Europe that “blend populism and nationalism into a potent anti-establishment brew” (something our own Lexington columnist has suggested as well). Mr Salam perceptively suggests that Mr Trump’s appeal is much in the mould of Silvio Berlusconi, a former prime minister of Italy, who managed to combine billionaire ostentation with pro-business, populist nationalism. Mr Trump’s rivals were geared up for a fight to be seen as the second-coming of Ronald Reagan, a champion of conservative “principle”. Mr Trump blindsided them all with an American version of Berlusconismo. This mix of charismatic personal authority and populist pandering has allowed Mr Trump to rise to the top of the polls while playing fast and loose with conservative doctrine…

The evidence that Mr Trump is a “fake” conservative will hurt him among well-educated Republicans who stay on top of current events. But the voters to whom the famous Mr Trump owes his success in the polls are those least likely to know or care about his lack of consistency with the standard party line. This gives Mr Trump a great deal of room to say whatever he likes, so long as he promises vaguely to make America great again and comes down hard on the Hispanic immigrants low-skilled white voters worry are suppressing their wages and taking “their” jobs.


I ask if he was always like this, boasting that he had the best baby food and the best high chair?

“Honestly, I don’t think people change that much,” Trump said. “I’m a solid, stable person.” Knocking on the wooden restaurant wall, he added: “I am a man of great achievement. I win, Maureen, I always win. Knock on wood. I win. It’s what I do. I beat people. I win.”