Jacob Monty Trump — Following his speech on Wednesday night, many Hispanic supporters of Donald Trump are jumping ship, including Jacob Monty a previously fierce supporter of the republican candidate.
Donald Trump tried on Wednesday to consolidate his statesman stature, following his meeting with the Mexican president, but the virulence of his speech against illegal immigrants contrasted with his desire to expand his electoral base.
Is it a clever political strategy? On one side win his diplomatic stripes while ensuring the loyalty of the Conservatives? Or has Donald Trump flinched under pressure from moderate republicans to ease his position on immigration?
Wednesday’s speech in Phoenix, in any case, will remain as the speech of denunciation of the 11 million illegal immigrants accused of stealing jobs from Americans and who can be, for some, dangerous criminals.
The Republican candidate for the White House has not committed to forcibly deport all undocumented, perhaps recognizing the logistical challenge that such an operation would be. Priority will be to remove criminals and offenders, as well as visitors who exceeded their visa and those receiving social benefits, he said, promising additional resources to police and border patrol.
But he ruled out any possibility of regularization, although he briefly mentioned such an option last week. In practice this would mean the extension of the status quo for these people, of a Mexican majority, who have been waiting for years or even decades to become legal.
A majority of Americans nevertheless favors immigration reform. The leaders of the Republican Party, after the presidential defeat in 2012, had also tried to lead the party towards a more conciliatory position, in order to regain the trust of the Hispanic electorate, but this opening faced opposition from the ultra-conservative Tea Party branch of the party.
Today, some 77% of voters are in favor of some form of regularization for illegal immigrants, according to a Fox News poll released Thursday. In July 2015, they were 64%. Four years ago, it was only a half.
“There is a relaxation”, nevertheless assured Donald Trump on Thursday on the radio show of Laura Ingraham Show. “We will do this in a very human way.” He stressed that a decision would be made later on the illegals who are not a priority, “Once everything is stabilized,” he said.
“We hoped that Mr. Trump had a concrete plan to stop future illegal immigration while providing a realistic solution for those living here without status,” responded Todd Schulte, president of the FWD.us organization, founded by Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook and other Silicon Valley bosses. “Unfortunately, Mr. Trump has failed on both counts.”
The speech cost him a first defection: a member of a pro-Trump Hispanic Committee, Jacob Monty, according to Politico. Another pro-Latin Trump conservative, Alfonso Aguilar, wrote on Twitter that he felt “disappointed and cheated”.
Democrats also took the opportunity to criticize Mr Trump, claiming that he is unable to change.
“He made a speech that resembles the speeches given throughout our history against the Irish, against immigrants of Italian origin, against the Jews of Eastern Europe. They would all be criminals who do horrible things and we must expel them,” said on MSNBC Tim Kaine, running mate of Hillary Clinton.
Thursday during a speech to the American Legion, a large veterans organization, Donald Trump took over the tone of a future commander in chief.
“We can work together to accomplish great things for our two countries,” he said, repeating that his goal was to preserve “jobs and wealth in our hemisphere.”
During his visit to Mexico, Donald Trump avoided talking about the building of a wall on the southern border, which has become a central point of his plans. He told a joint press conference with Mr. Peña Nieto that the subject had not been discussed.
But the Mexican President then stated that he had warned Donald Trump, in private, that his country would not pay.