Via Alan Gomez at USA Today
Despite criticism from some GOP presidential contenders this week of Donald Trump’s immigration plan, the six-page proposal is actually a collection of what many Republicans have already been pushing on the campaign trail.
His call to scale back and reform the legal immigration system to better protect American workers? Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum have argued that strategy for months.
Trump’s plan to seek out and deport immigrants who enter the country legally but overstay their visas? That’s one of the six points in former Florida governor Jeb Bush’s immigration plan.
His goals of securing the border, punishing sanctuary cities in the U.S. and expanding an employer’s ability to check the immigration status of new hires? Virtually all of the GOP field agrees.
“There’s absolutely nothing new or radical about Trump’s plan,” said Bob Dane of the Federation for American Immigration Reform, a group that opposes illegal immigration.
What makes Trump’s plan unique, and what prompted Dane to call it the “American Workers’ Bill of Rights,” is that Trump is the first candidate to embrace virtually the entire spectrum of ideas from immigration hard-liners.
The plan is a consolidation of different approaches long touted by immigration think tanks and members of Congress, such as Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala.
Whatever comes of Trump’s candidacy, immigration groups feel that he has already changed the conversation and forced other White House contenders to begin staking out detailed positions.
They can no longer throw out vague ideas of securing the border and protecting American workers, Krikorian said
“Trump’s plan … fills the vacuum that a lot of the other candidates are walking around aimlessly in.” (more at USA Today)
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