August 28, 2016


Immigration Flip-Flop Leaves Trump Campaign Flailing on Sunday Shows : If his campaign team's performance on the Sunday shows this week tells us anything, it's that even they have no idea what his "new" immigration policy is. (Tim Mak, 08.28.16, Daily Beast)

Asked about the so-called "deportation force" that Trump had promised, vice presidential candidate Mike Pence said that the idea was a "mechanism, not a policy"--as if there was a distinction between the two. 
"I mean, you're going to hear more detail in next two weeks that lays out all the policies," Pence said on CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday morning. "I think Donald Trump will articulate what we do with the people who are here... what you see going on right now--and I think, at a certain level, it's very refreshing, because it's the Donald Trump that I see every day--is, you see a CEO at work."

Gov. Chris Christie, who chairs Trump's transition team, seemed similarly unable to elucidate precisely what Trump's policy would be in coming days.

"There's going to be, you know, some decisions he's going to have to make as president regarding these folks, and I think what he's said [is] let's get let's first get all of the bad actors out of the country," Christie said on ABC's "This Week."

Meanwhile, on CBS's "Face the Nation," Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway couldn't answer the question of whether undocumented immigrants would need to deport themselves or whether there would be a "deportation force."  [...]

Those who have supported Trump's previous immigration stances are fed up. Mark Krikorian, who leads the anti-immigration Center for Immigration Studies, which is frequently cited by the campaign, told The Daily Beast earlier this week that he was a fan of the extensive immigration plan that Trump had put out last summer while running for the Republican nomination. 

"It's pretty detailed," Krikorian said. "It's just that he's never read it." 

If Trump is going to clarify his remarks, not even the chairman of the Republican National Committee seems to know exactly when that will be.

"You're going to find out from Trump very shortly. He's going to be giving prepared remarks on the issue I think very soon. I don't want to give a date," Reince Preibus dutifully told NBC's Chuck Todd on "Meet the Press."

There's a deliciously insipid quality to the whole notion of turning something these folks pretend is serious--illegal immigration--into a massive game of red rover, where all that we really require is that they cross a line and then step back over.
Posted by at August 28, 2016 4:49 PM