Yes, hopefully Donald Trump will not prevail, if he becomes the republican primary presidential candidate. In a general election his current anti-illegal immigrant stance becomes a huuuge liability. Recently, he verified for the record that he still is planning to deport up to 11 million undocumented immigrants once he is elected. He refers to precedence by stating that previous presidents like Eisenhower and Truman have resorted to similar tactics but this event would be more humanely managed.
If Donald Trump becomes the 2016 republican presidential candidate. No democrat can rest easy because of the following reasons:
1.) His deportation program is not remotely conservative because it adds needlessly to the deficit. And this is when there is a more conservative cost effective solution. If all companies were mandated to start using the government service, “e-verify” as part of the social security process to confirm someone’s legality before hiring a new employee, then the incentive for illegal immigrants who cross our borders in search of jobs would be moot. As of today, most states do not have this requirement and so, the “e-verify” program is mostly voluntary. It is estimated that about 50% of US companies do not use e-verify.
2.) An opposition research organization could check to verify if all of Donald Trump’s companies access this free government program of e-verify to prevent their hiring of illegal immigrants.
3.) Then there should be a search for any employees within any of his organizations for the past two years who are not legally documented workers and/or those who have been unfairly treated.
4′) Can you imagine the ads depicting millions of good, decent families being deported by bus and other transportation. The visual effects that would be seen around the world would be competing with the worst of the recent mass refugee photos.
5.) The US Hispanic population is already registering in record numbers to vote in 2016. This trend will continue as Mr. Trump’s deportation plans continue to be covered in media news outlets. Most political experts indicate that the republicans need at least 45% of Hispanics to vote republican in order for democrats to win the white house. The establishment republicans’ selection of Jeb Bush or Marco Rubio, (with their connections to the Hispanic community), will not improve these numbers.
Unless Donald Trump has an epiphany, he will end up self destructing on this immigration issue.
When Donald Trump recently (November 2015) mentioned the former US presidents, Harry Truman and Dwight Eisenhower, he was probably referring to a widely circulated erroneous email:
“What did Hoover, Truman, and Eisenhower have in common? Hoover ordered the deportation of ALL illegal aliens in order to make jobs available to American citizens; Truman deported over two million Illegals after WWII to create jobs for returning veterans; then Eisenhower deported 13 million Mexican Nationals!”
As per 7/9/2010 FactCheck.org report, the”Hoover, Truman &Ike Mass Deporters,” e-mail message is bogus. Here is their commentary:
“This distortion of history has been going around for some time, but has picked up momentum as the immigration debate has heated up again. So we contacted researchers at the Hoover, Truman and Eisenhower libraries to ask if the historical record backs up the claims that these presidents ordered mass deportations. It doesn’t. We also consulted the Office of the Historian of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, and a leading academic historian as well. We got the same answer. This e-mail message is bogus.”
“The true history of presidential policy toward illegal immigration, and of deportations, is neither as simple nor as successful as claimed.”
“Hoover did not use immigration policy to “create jobs” and never “ordered the deportation of all illegal aliens.” During his four-year presidency, roughly 121,000 persons were officially deported or induced to leave through threat of deportation, according to our analysis of official statistics.”
“Truman did not try to “create jobs for returning veterans” by ordering deportations. In fact, he signed legislation protecting the rights of Mexican migrant laborers recruited legally to help harvest U.S. crops, and was unable to win congressional approval of measures to crack down on employers of illegal immigrants. During his nearly eight years in office, about 3.4 million were deported or left “voluntarily” under threat of deportation.”
“Eisenhower did not deport 13 million Mexicans. Only one-tenth that number was ever claimed by the federal officials in charge of “Operation Wetback,” and even that figure is criticized as inflated by guesswork. Officially, just over 2.1 million were recorded as having been deported or having departed under threat of deportation.”
‘Historian Mae M. Ngai calls the message “a most interesting distortion of history,” and our research backs that up.”
“So this e-mail’s claim that a president could “sure do it today” — that is, easily deport all the estimated up to 12 million illegal immigrants now in the U.S. — is a conclusion based on false evidence. No relocation effort nearly so large has ever been attempted, let alone accomplished “in two years” as this e-mail states.”
“Truman’s successor (President Eisenhower) pushed harder, presiding over what was officially called “Operation Wetback,” a vigorous, federally led effort to remove illegal Mexican immigrants from the Southwest. (The term “wetback” refers to Mexicans who swam or waded across the Rio Grande River)”
“But it’s simply not true that “Eisenhower deported 13 million.” The actual number expelled by “Operation Wetback” is no more than one-tenth of that figure, even counting many who were not formally deported at all. “The claim that Eisenhower deported 13 million immigrants must be the result of a typo.”
The “Handbook of Texas,” sponsored by the Texas State Historical Association, says in its write up of “Operation Wetback” that the number forced to leave is “probably less than 1.3 million:”
“We also contacted the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum in Kansas. Director Karl Weissenbach told us his staff had researched the library’s holdings to determine the veracity of the 13 million claim and could find nothing to support it. Indeed, the staff turned up a report to Cabinet dated Jan. 26, 1955, that suggests a much lower total:”
“Report to the Cabinet, Jan. 26, 1955: A year ago the Border Patrol was faced with the disheartening task of apprehending and expelling some 3,000 ‘wetbacks’ each day, apprehensions now are running slightly less than 300 daily.”
“Operation Wetback” lasted only a few months. It was announced June 9, 1954, and focused initially on California and Arizona. According to the 1954 Annual Report of the Immigration and Naturalization, (page 31) federal officials set up roadblocks and stopped trains at points at some distance north of the border. Some 800 Border Patrol agents, using jeeps, trucks, automobiles and spotter airplanes, used a system described officially as “blocking it off and mopping it up.” Agents expanded the operation to the entire state of California, including industrial areas as well as agricultural areas. By mid-July, 1954, the operation was extended to Texas. And it eventually encompassed “mopping up” activities in northern cities as well, according to the 1955 Annual Report of the Immigration and Naturalization Service:”
“INS, 1955: These activities were followed by mopping up operations in the interior and special mobile force units are continuing to discover illegal aliens who have eluded initial sweeps through such cities as Spokane, Chicago, Kansas City and St. Louis, which removed 20,174 illegal Mexican aliens from industrial jobs.”