Trump would make "undocumented citizens" - DREAMers - "happy"
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In the interview, Earhardt read a question supposedly sent in by a viewer:
Will you consider creating a legal status to work for non-criminal undocumented citizens brought here as children?
I understand that. And we're working on a plan right now. And that plan over the next two to three months is going to come out. And it's a plan that's going to be very firm but it's going to be a lot of heart. And we're going to be looking into that situation. That's a very tough situation. But I think they're going to end up being very happy...
There's no such thing as an "undocumented citizen", in the way that Earhardt meant it. They're illegal aliens who are citizens or nationals of other countries, but someone can't be "undocumented" and a U.S. citizen. If Trump knew anything about this issue and was truly opposed to illegal immigration - rather than just using it to get votes - he would have called her on that phrase. Since Fox News owner Rupert Murdoch is pro-amnesty, asking about "undocumented citizens" is something that would be expected from Fox News.
The situation with DREAMers is a tough situation, but what would make them "happy" would make many U.S. students and workers unhappy (see the DREAM Act link above). Allowing DREAMers to remain in the U.S. would harm the countries of which they're citizens, causing problems for the U.S. in the years to come. That would also encourage future illegal immigration.
Helping DREAMers repatriate would make them sad, but they'd get over it. That would help U.S. students and workers, and it would help foreign countries and help prevent those countries from becoming even more of an issue for the U.S. That would discourage future illegal immigration: people will be less likely to bring their kids here illegally if they know they won't be legalized.
When faced with two or more options, Trump invariably chooses the one that's worse overall. He simply isn't capable of thinking things through.
Note that before Trump gave the answer above, he yet again promised to build Trump Wall. What he's doing is what Barack Obama, George W Bush, other pro-amnesty politicians, and amnesty plans did: make a big show on the border in order to get mass legalization.
See Trump's anti-American, pro-Silicon Valley skilled immigration ideas for a discussion of the rest of Trump's quote and video of the interview.
1/23/17 UPDATE: Trump hasn't ended DACA on his first few days in office, at least so far. And, it looks like that won't happen. From politico . com/blogs/under-the-radar/2017/01/dreamers-applications-under-trump-administration-234046 by Josh Gerstein of Politico:
..."We are still accepting/processing DACA requests under existing policy," USCIS spokesman Steve Blando said Monday...
...White House press secretary Sean Spicer suggested Monday that despite Trump's promise to move "immediately" against the Obama immigration actions, discontinuing the DACA program is not a top priority of the new president.
"I think the president has been clear that he is going to prioritize the areas of dealing with the immigration system, both building the wall and making sure that we address people who are in this county illegally. First and foremost, the president’s been very, very clear that we need to direct agencies to focus on those who are in this country illegally and have a record, a criminal record or pose a threat to the American people. That’s where the priority is going to be," Spicer said during his first briefing for reporters.
Spicer was vague about plans for those who currently have deferred action status or may be applying for it or renewing it soon.
"We’re going to continue to work through the entire number folks that are here illegally but right now the clear focus is on" those who pose a security threat, the spokesman said.
Later in the briefing, Spicer was vague about whether Trump plans any executive action and indicated that the White House is waiting to see what legislation on the issue might find traction on Capitol Hill.
"I don’t have anything further on the executive action front," Spicer said. "Give us a little bit of time, we ‘ll see what Congress moves forward with."...
1/25/17 UPDATE: It just keeps getting worse and worse. From washingtonexaminer . com/trump-undocumented-youth-shouldnt-be-worried/article/2613007:
In his first television interview since entering the Oval Office, Trump told ABC's David Muir that individuals protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program "shouldn't be very worried" about a sudden change that would make them subject to removal.
"I do have a big heart," the president said.
"We're going to take care of everybody. Where you have great people who are here [and] who have done a good job – they shouldn't be worried."
This is what happens when you don't know anything about immigration and the only people around you don't know anything about it either. The DREAM Act and DACA harm not just large numbers of American workers and students, but foreign countries too. See the link. Trump is engaging in false compassion: doing things that sound good but that end up harming people.