Candidate Trump on Immigration – Which One do We Believe

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Trump says he will follow the immigration laws. Actually – no he didn’t. Trump stated in his town hall interview with Sean Hannity: “We wanna follow the laws. You know we have very strong laws…in this country…and I don’t know if you know but Bush and even Obama sends people back. We can be more aggressive in that, but we want to follow the laws.” Want to and will are not synonymous.

Before I go any further, I wish to state that this is not a bash-Trump article. Readers know I am not a Trump guy, but I am not treating Trump any different than I would any candidate, on either side. I am only attempting to be intellectually honest and consistent.

I was all for Trump’s original immigration policy. I’m thankful he brought it up in the first place. And we constitutionalists are still in favor of his original policy. If you are here illegally, you must go – period. There was no time frame attached to his original claim – nor is there a statute of limitations in the myriad of immigration laws on the books.

If The Donald does what he originally said he would do, which earned him the nomination and the dedicated following he has, he would in fact be adhering to the immigration laws. And he would be the first one since Eisenhower in 1954 to do so. On this I defended Trump about this time last year.

However, the policy he is beginning to roll out – the kinder-gentler, Jeb Bush immigration policy is not what his followers/supporters signed on to and, in my opinion, he would not have won the nomination with such a softened policy.

Yet his supporters say he’s just saying this to get elected. But isn’t that what we hate about politicians – they’ll do and say anything just to get elected. How is this any different – because this time the people believe him? To me, this is neither consistent nor intellectually honest.

Yet it appears to me that some may have too much invested in Trump to back out now or suffer buyer’s remorse. So instead of Trumpquestioning their choice, they choose to excuse what he is saying now, in favor of the hard line they heard at the beginning of the campaign.

Therefore, in my opinion, his supporters are projecting onto Trump their own values, choosing only to believe that if elected, Trump will stand by his original immigration positions – build the wall and deport the illegals.

If we are to take Trump at his word – if we are supposed to “believe him,” that he will do what he says – than which Trump are we supposed to believe – because there is more evidence we should believe the softer Trump of today, than the hard-nosed Trump of months ago.

In post election 2012, Trump criticized  Mitt Romney’s too-tough stance on illegal immigration, when he said: “He had a crazy policy of self deportation which was maniacal. It sounded as bad as it was, and he lost all of the Latino vote,” Trump notes. “He lost the Asian vote. He lost everybody who is inspired to come into this country.”

The GOP has to develop a comprehensive policy “to take care of this incredible problem that we have with respect to immigration, with respect to people wanting to be wonderful productive citizens of this country,” Trump said. Comprehensive?! Isn’t that another one of those politician-speak danger words?

Sorry folks, but to me – what he said in 2012 and what he is currently saying sounds more like Jeb Bush and his they come “out of love” comments.

So Trump supporters – I want to understand why and how you believe a candidate (any candidate) who has changed his position on a key issue three times in less than four years – because I don’t get it.

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The Common Constitutionalist

Brent Smith, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a constitutional conservative who advocates for first principles – the founders' original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy and a martial arts expert. Smith considers himself just an average Joe with no formal journalism background – but rather than simply complain about the state of our nation, he took to the Internet to battle the left.

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