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Is Trump Now Supporting Legalization Instead of Mass Deportation? Roger Algase

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This post has been slightly revised as of August 22 at 11:29 a.m.

Update, August 21 at 12:51 pm:

The Hill, a publication which runs both pro-Trump and anti-Trump stories, but which, at least by my count, tends to favor the pro-Trump side in terms of quantity, now has a story urging Trump to make the election a referendum on Hillary Clinton, rather than himself. See:

http://thehill.com/homenews/special/...-about-clinton

A good place for Trump to start would be by pointing out Hillary's alleged history of lukewarm and inconsistent support for immigration reform and by proposing a more detailed and comprehensive legalization plan of his own for millions of unauthorized immigrants who are now in the United States. See below:

Meanwhile, two other stories in The Hill indicate that Trump might be hedging about developing plans for his notorious deportation "task force" which his leading GOP primary opponent, Sen. Ted Cruz, once compared to Nazi-style "jackboots".

For further details about Trump's current stance on the "task force", go to The Hill's website.

See also: Chicago Tribune, August 21:

Trump campaign wavers on mass deportations.


http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/n...821-story.html

My original post appears below:

According to a Univision report, see

http://www.univision.com/univision-n...ted-immigrants

Donald Trump may now be changing his views on mass deportation of unauthorized immigrants and instead planning to legalize at least some of them. Univision states that on August 20, Trump met with a group of Hispanic leaders and said, according to the repor,t that he would announce a plan to grant legal status that:

"wouldn't be citizenship but would allow them to be here without fear of deportation".

For anyone who has been following Trump's statements on mass deportation up to now, this could represent a significant change in Trump's position, if the report is accurate.

The same report also states that Trump, according to one person who attended the meeting, stated that he regretted having made the following comments about immigrants and crime during his campaign, which Univision quotes as follows in the above article.:

"When Mexico sends its people they're not sending they're best. They're sending people who have lots of problems, and they're bringing those problems with us. They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people."

If this report is indeed correct, which remains to be seen, and if Trump really intends to change his tune on mass deportation, this would certainly be a big sign of progress on his part toward an immigration policy based on sanity, reality and acceptance of Latino and other non-white immigrants as part of American life, regardless of ethnicity or religion This has been the foundation of our immigration laws for the past half century, ever since the immigration reform act of 1965.

Any turn that Trump might make away from the policies of trying to appeal to disaffected white voters by attacking and demonizing Latino immigrants as criminals and Muslim immigrants as terrorists would certainly be welcome, if he is indeed sincere in making such a policy change.

But would Trump be willing to go forward without the support of white supremacist followers of people such as former KKK leader David Duke, who might conceivably turn against Trump if he no longer makes anti-immigrant bigotry the centerpiece of his campaign?

And what about the less educated, predominantly male white, anti-immigrant voters, who constituted such an important part of Trump's base and, according to almost every analyst, were essential to his winning the Republican voters.

And what about long time-anti-immigrant Congressional figures such as Senator Jeff Sessions, who, according to many news reports, has one of Trump'd most important immigration advisers up to now?

Would Trump be willing to throw all of these supporters overboard in order to adopt immigration policies that are more on keeping with the demographic reality reality of multi-ethnic, multi-cultural 21st century America instead of a white supremacist one?

That also remains to be seen.
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Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants fram various parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards.

Roger believes that spreading hatred and prejudice against immigrants on account of their ethnicity or religion endangers the fundamental rights of American citizens as well and puts our entire democracy at risk. His email address is algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 08-22-2016 at 10:29 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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