December 07

Trump Eases on Immigration

After a campaign that was very much built on some extreme promises, President-elect Donald Trump is showing that he is willing to compromise on some key issues. While most of his critics will lose some of their arguments, Trump is bending on key parts of his immigration policies. In particular, when it comes to deporting illegal immigrants that came here as children and were protected under Obama’s executive actions.

While Trump’s website says he will immediately reverse Obama’s “illegal” executive orders when it came to illegal immigration, in his most recent Time Magazine interview, he said he is is willing to find a way to workout letting children who came here illegally stay. To those who want a hard line on immigration, this is as good as amnesty. For those who say it is against human rights to rip apart families, the wind is now out of their sales when it comes to Donald Trump’s actions versus his words.

And while again, these are just words, they offer a preview to how Trump will be as president versus how he was on the campaign trail. Trump was very clear that he would deport all illegal immigrants and take a hard line on reforming this area. Critics called this unrealistic. His supporters called this the action that was finally needed to fix a broken system. But the Time Magazine interview hints that Trump will not be as hard lined as he promised to be, and is willing to compromise on some issues. Trump said in the article, “They got brought here at a very young age. they’ve worked here, they’ve gone to school here. Some were good students. Some have wonderful jobs. And they’re in never-never land because they don’t know what’s going to happen.”

When you google this very topic, what comes up is not the article where he talks about compromises, but instead, about Trump deporting illegal immigrants. The rhetoric scared many voters away from Trump, and was a great detail to portray him as the “next Hitler.” But it seems like now that Trump has assumed power, and will be the next president, words used on the campaign trail to win his election may turn out to be very different in reality.