August 2015: Trump supports mass deportations but also a revolving door amnesty (& inadvertently hints at repatriations)
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As can be seen from the Donald Trump page I've never once taken him seriously on immigration and I've always realized he's fake, his plans are bad jokes, and his arguments are unhelpful at best. That's played itself out as now he's colluding with Nancy Pelosi and Lindsey Graham on a smaller amnesty to be followed by a huge amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. Trump has no real knowledge of the immigration issue and he's mentally and emotionally weak.
An early warning sign was his interview with Chuck Todd in August 2015. The video is below, and a discussion follows this rough transcript:
Todd: you'll rescind the DREAM Act executive order, the DACA? 
Trump: we have to make a whole new set of standards. And when people come in they have to come in [legally]
Todd: you're going to split up families? You're going to deport children?
Trump: no, we're going to keep the families together. We have to keep the families together
Todd: but you're going to [kick them out]
Trump: they have to go
Todd: what if they have no place to go?
Trump: [after a pause] we will work with them, they have to go. We either have a country or we don't have a country.
[Trump harps on how much illegal aliens cost to avoid answering how he'd do this]
Trump: we will do it and we will expedite it so people can come back in.
[Todd falls for Trump's sleazy sales job]
Most Trump fans heard that and they thought Trump was going to do mass deportations of DACA/DREAMers together with their families. And, that is indeed what he was promising to do. However, those same people who were conned by Trump will have missed the last part, where Trump supports a revolving door "touchback" amnesty: illegal aliens leave one day and then at some future time they can come right back as legal residents or workers. No one who truly opposes illegal immigration and amnesty would propose such a plan, yet Trump did as I pointed out in February 2016.
Trump fans didn't hear that part. That shouldn't be surprising: one of the major reason why illegal immigration has continued for decades is because voters are easily tricked and have shown little interest in wising up.
Be that as it may, the fact is that Trump promised to deport all DACA/DREAMers and their families. That's 180 degrees from his current stance. Meaning that Trump voters got tricked not only on that promise, but by failing to realize Trump would follow mass deportations with a revolving door.
Note also the part about "we will work with them". Obviously, Trump hadn't even thought that far ahead so he made that up on the spot. That inadvertent idea - fleshed out into a viable plan unlike Trump's joke plans - could become a very workable non-amnesty plan such as that discussed in the repatriations petition. Under that plan, we'd rescind DACA but help illegal aliens to return home. That's a "big heart" plan that Trump could support and sell to the people whose adulation he really craves: Chuck Todd, the New York Times, and CNN.
No doubt some part of Trump's current stance as supporting full-on amnesty is because of reprobation from those he has contact with on a daily basis. Even more than the crowds at his rallies, Trump craves establishment approval. Trump is emotionally unstable already, but no one wants to be looked down upon or thought evil by those in their circle.
A repatriation program would help the USA, help foreign countries, and would give Trump the emotional boost he craves. He, as always, simply lacks the smarts, the sanity, and the patriotism to push it.
 Todd momentarily confuses the DACA executive order with the DREAM Act. The latter is a bill that hasn't passed. DREAMers are a superset of DACA recipients.