By Bob Bennett
Donald Trump’s critics have brushed aside his seemingly bullet-proof lead over the other presidential contenders, asserting he is not a serious candidate because he has no clear policies. He seemed to have stumbled, early on, into an illegal-immigration statement that electrified GOP voters, desperate for a politician who’d take on the issue, as they saw their country overrun by millions of illegals and watched nightly reports of murders some had committed.
GOP voters sat impotently as the president unlawfully handed some 4 million of them residency, work permits—even likely tax refunds. Congress’s response was to fund the president’s act.
Woe to the candidates who have not spoken out before, fearing to “lose the Hispanic vote”—a myth spun by Democrats and demented advisors. Trump’s seat-of-the-pants campaign apparently ended today and became a juggernaut, when he issued a six-page policy paper giving specifics—and those specifics are precisely what millions of Americans believe.
The Trump campaign suddenly has a distinct aura of “inevitability” about it. More’s the pity to Ted Cruz, who’s been fighting several of these issues for a long time.
Three simple principles leap off the first page:
“1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
- A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
- 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.
The Wall Street Journal reports that candidate Lindsey Graham knocked the plan, calling it “self-deportation”; Ed Rollins—notorious betrayer of his former client, Michele Bachmann for Huma Abedin—said it could not be implemented and Frank Sharry, advocate for a pathway to citizenship, said the proposals “are as dangerous as they are stunning.”
But the Senate’s patriot, Jeff Sessions, who had issued a sordid timeline documenting that Obama had purposefully “ Bypassed Congress to Dismantle Immigration Enforcement,” advised Trump on immigration, said the Journal.
That can only be good. The WSJ quoted Senator Sessions saying the plan “reestablishes the principle that American’s [sic] immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens.’
How easily the unmistakable ring of truth demolishes falsehood.
Trump has gained a powerful and wise ally, and the other candidates will be hard-pressed to catch him now.
On building the wall, Trump’s plan says:
“For many years, Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country (as well as in other Latin American countries). They have even published pamphlets on how to illegally immigrate to the United States.
“The costs for the United States have been extraordinary: U.S. taxpayers have been asked to pick up hundreds of billions in healthcare costs, housing costs, education costs, welfare costs, etc. Indeed, the annual cost of free tax credits alone paid to illegal immigrants quadrupled to $4.2 billion in 2011. The effects on jobseekers have also been disastrous, and black Americans have been particularly harmed.
“The cost of building a permanent border wall pales mightily in comparison to what American taxpayers spend every single year on dealing with the fallout of illegal immigration on their communities, schools and unemployment offices.”
In fact, the Heritage Foundation estimated Obama’s amnesty of the 4 million alone would cost $2 Trillion, over their lifetimes. And fairus.org “estimates the annual costs of illegal immigration at the federal, state and local level to be about $113 billion; nearly $29 billion at the federal level and $84 billion at the state and local level.”
Critics derided Trump’s vow to make Mexico pay for the wall. Here’s how he would do it:
“Mexico must pay for the wall and, until they do, the United States will: … impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats; …increase fees on all border crossing cards – of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year; …increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico; …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.” [Emphasis mine.]
Under the major heading, “Defend The Laws And Constitution Of The United States: America will only be great as long as America remains a nation of laws that lives according to the Constitution. No one is above the law. The following steps will return to the American people the safety of their laws, which politicians have stolen from them:
“Triple the number of ICE officers.
“Mandatory return of all criminal aliens. The Obama Administration has released 76,000 aliens from its custody with criminal convictions since 2013 alone. All criminal aliens must be returned to their home countries, a process which can be aided by canceling any visas to foreign countries which will not accept their own criminals, and making it a separate and additional crime to commit an offense while here illegally.
“Defund sanctuary cities.
“Enhanced [criminal] penalties for overstaying a visa. …Completion of a visa tracking system.
“Cooperate with local gang task forces. ICE officers should accompany local police departments conducting raids of violent street gangs like MS-13 and the 18th street gang, which have terrorized the country. All illegal aliens in gangs should be apprehended and deported.”
Trump, quoting Chris Crane [ICE deportation official and head of the immigration officers’ union]: “ICE Officers and Agents are forced to apply the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Directive, not to children in schools, but to adult inmates in jails. If an illegal-alien inmate simply claims eligibility, ICE is forced to release the alien back into the community. This includes serious criminals….ICE officers should be required to place detainers on every illegal alien they encounter in jails and prisons, since these aliens not only violated immigration laws, but then went on to engage in activities that led to their arrest by police …”
“End birthright citizenship. This remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration…”
Under the major heading, “Put American Workers First” Trump makes a forcible and principled bid for the votes of Blacks, Hispanics and women:
“Today, nearly 40% of black teenagers are unemployed. Nearly 30% of Hispanic teenagers are unemployed. For black Americans without high school diplomas, the bottom has fallen out: more than 70% were employed in 1960, compared to less than 40% in 2000.
“The influx of foreign workers holds down salaries, keeps unemployment high, and makes it difficult for poor and working class Americans – including immigrants themselves and their children – to earn a middle class wage. Nearly half of all immigrants and their US-born children currently live in or near poverty, including more than 60 percent of Hispanic immigrants.
A limit on legal immigration:
“Every year, we voluntarily admit another 2 million new immigrants, guest workers, refugees, and dependents….We need to control the admission of new low-earning workers in order to: help wages grow, get teenagers back to work, aid minorities’ rise into the middle class, help schools and communities falling behind, and to ensure our immigrant members of the national family become part of the American dream.
“Jobs program for inner city youth. The J-1 visa jobs program for foreign youth will be terminated and replaced with a resume bank for inner city youth provided to all corporate subscribers to the J-1 visa program.
“Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers. This will help reverse women’s plummeting workplace participation rate.
He adds other items that few Americans could disagree with:
To help STEM [science, technology, engineering, or math-related] graduates: “Increase prevailing wage for H-1Bs. We graduate two times more Americans with STEM degrees each year than find STEM jobs… two-thirds of entry-level hiring for IT jobs is accomplished through the H-1B program. More than half of H-1B visas are issued for the program’s lowest allowable wage level….Raising the prevailing wage paid to H-1Bs will force companies to give these coveted entry-level jobs to the existing domestic pool of unemployed native and immigrant workers in the U.S., instead of flying in cheaper workers from overseas.
“Requirement to hire American workers first.
“End welfare abuse. Applicants for entry to the United States should be required to certify that they can pay for their own housing, healthcare and other needs before coming to the U.S.”
Adherents to the Cloward and Piven plan for America’s destruction will drink bitter waters, if this plan is carried out.
Bob Bennett is a New York-based writer who has written op-eds for the Wall Street Journal and the NY Post, and has appeared on Fox and Friends and America’s Newsroom. He has traveled widely and written travel pieces for the NY Post, a cover article for the Jewish Press, and an op-ed for the medical journal Cancer Biotherapy & Radioimmunotherapy. Bob was also award-winning producer of a travel radio show heard on New York stations: WMCA, WNWK and 50,000 watt WOR and the national Sky Angel Network. He now blogs on Tea Party Nation, Tea Party Community and Red State Diaries.