Written by Dennis Michael Lynch
There is an article on the UNIVISION website that I do not like, and I do not trust, but even so it has me upset. The article was published on Saturday night. Currently, I am doing all I can to stay confident in believing it is inaccurate reporting on the part of UNIVISION. And I trust Trump when it comes to the immigration issue. Odds are this is UNIVISION trying to push a false narrative to hurt Trump’s new momentum, but, until Trump discredits the article the rumors will remain and they could get worse. He needs to crush this narrative immediately.
If I am wrong — if the article is accurate — then my heart tells me Hillary Clinton will be the next president. I feel this way because if the article is true — if Donald Trump offers any level of amnesty to illegal aliens — then millions of conservative voters will stay home on November 8, 2016.
FROM UNIVISION: Sources tell Univision that the announcement is coming this week. The Republican candidate spoke Saturday at a meeting with Hispanic leaders where he also said he regrets comments about Mexicans.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump plans to present an immigration plan in Colorado Thursday that will include legalizing millions of undocumented immigrants, according to three people present at a meeting the candidate attended Saturday with Hispanic leaders at Trump Tower in New York.
“I really liked that Trump acknowledged that there is a big problem with the 11 million [undocumented] people who are here, and that deporting them is neither possible nor humane,” said Jacob Monty, a Texas immigration lawyer who attended the meeting.
“The candidate also said he would announce a way to give them [legal] status that wouldn’t be citizenship but would allow them to be here without fear of deportation.” said Monty, adding that Trump told the group that he planned to announce the plan this week.
Trump’s plan stands in stark contrast to his previous statements about immigrants during his campaign. During the primaries, the New York property tycoon promised to build a wall along the border with Mexico and to create a deportation force to expel all undocumented immigrants. The Republican candidate has repeatedly shifted his position on a variety of issues during his campaign.
Republican National Committee spokesperson Helen Aguirre was also present at the meeting and confirmed that the candidate is working on unveiling a plan. “Trump was very categorical in saying that he’s seeking a fair immigration reform,” Aguirre said. “He wants to listen to everyone and announce his conclusions in the coming days.”
The campaign has not given details on the plan. According to his spokesman Steven Cheung,”Mr. Trump said nothing today that he hasn’t said many times before, including in his convention speech— enforce our immigration laws, uphold the Constitution and be fair and humane while putting American workers first.”
When he launched his presidential campaign in June last year, Trump linked immigration and crime. “When Mexico sends its people they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people,” he said at the time.
According to one of the meeting’s attendees, Trump said Saturday that he regretted having made those comments.
Amanda Rentería, Clinton’s campaign policy director, recalled these and other Trump’s words and said: “If true, this is a cynical attempt from Donald Trump to distract from his dangerous policies that he doubled down on just this week in a new ad. Donald Trump will be Donald Trump and what’s clear is that he’s dangerous for the Latino community.”
The meeting lasted an hour and a half and among those also present were his two top campaign staff, Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, who joined Trump this week following a shake-up of his team.
Also present were members on Trump’s Hispanic advisory council: a group that includes state representatives, evangelical pastors and executives such as Javier Polit, chief information officer at the Coca-Cola Company.
According to sources who were present at the meeting, Trump spoke in a conciliatory tone. He began by welcoming everyone, then asked attendees what they thought he should do for the Hispanic community. He took notes during the whole meeting.
The Republican candidate said that his main priority was how to handle the 11 million undocumented immigrants who are now in the country, the sources said.
“Trump is aware that he cannot deport 11 million people,” says Lola Zinke, wife of Ryan Zinke, a Republican congressman from Montana, who is a former Navy Seal.
Zinke, the daughter of a Peruvian, is a San Diego lawyer familiar with illegal immigration issues, who says she believes deportation is not the solution. “It doesn’t make sense to force undocumented [immigrants] to go back to their countries to regularize their situation. Trump himself mentioned a possible solution: let them do it at the embassies or consulates of their countries,” she said.
Other people present at the meeting backed that idea, explaining that the candidate said he did not like the idea of forcing undocumented immigrants to go back to their countries to regularize their immigration status, and that it would make sense to allow them to do so without leaving the United States.
“No one wants criminals or rapists here,” Zinke said. “But it’s impossible to deport 11 million people. Trump realizes the contributions the Hispanic community has made to our military. He understands Hispanic values and the contributions of our community,” she added.
Official details of the Trump plan remain unknown. But those who were present at the meeting said it would include some form of legalizing the status of some undocumented immigrants.
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