sameoldlama wrote:Well I guess he's just trying to fit in with the mainstream politicians like the former POTUSes and Chucky, Hillary, Biden, Boxer, Feinstein - all wall opponents of whom there is ample recent video of them calling for increased border security including physical barriers , increased patrols and a crackdown on illegal immigration. I mean it's not like they enacted legislation and voted for a Secure Fence at our southern border.
How best to solve our illegal immigration is a worthy debate - the Democrats are basically calling for open borders - and that would as disasterous here as it has been for Europe.
Do these two statements seem inconsistent to you? The democrats are not calling for open borders. They are on the record in favor of border security measures that work, including improving ports of entry. Does a physical barrier make sense in some places? Absolutely. But that's not why this is happening. You're deluding yourself if you think Donald Trump is doing anything other than stomping his feet over an unrealistic, frivolous, and widely inefficient and ineffective plan that he touted during his campaign and said Mexico would pay for.
For the record, I agree with you completely on aiming legislation and enforcement at people who profit from consistently hiring illegal workers. That said, legislation like that may put the President and his privately held companies in some pretty hot water as he has shown a history of hiring illegally. In making this point I think you touched on a broader issue: illegal immigration is a broad a nuanced issue that should be approached from a variety of angles and should have meaningful, realistic, and data based goals. Trumps proposed wall does none of those things. Furthermore, he is as capable of understanding and interpreting nuance as I am at objectively measuring Penn State's football chances.
Framing this fight, from Trumps end, as a earnest process to pursue a campaign promise and help the America people is, in my opinion, laughable.