We've been pressing for Donald Trump's actual policies. And now he has one on immigration. I wrote about his run-in with Chuck Todd earlier today, as he talked about his stance on anchor babies.
His entire stance on immigration reform can be found here, if you're so inclined. Ann Coulter tweeted that it was the "greatest political document since the Magna Carta."
I kid you not.
His three core principles include the following:
1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.
And some other points that both folks like Coulter and Senator Jeff Sessions of Alabama have been praising:
Here are a few other key points from Trump’s position statement. He said he would:
- Triple the number of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents, funded by “eliminating tax credit payments to illegal immigrants.”
- Institute an e-verify system for legal employment. He also said he would require immigrants to prove they could pay for their own housing, health care and more to end abuse of the welfare system.
- End catch-and-release, instead detaining illegal immigrants until they are deported.
- Cut off federal funding to cities who refuse to comply with these immigration rules.
He would also "require businesses to hire from the pool of unemployed Americans before issuing H-1B visas."
“Petitions for workers should be mailed to the unemployment office, not [United States Citizenship and Immigration Services,]”
The reason this plan is being praised? It focuses on preventing companies from using illegal workers and driving down wages, and it emphasizes lifting minority and immigrant communities out of poverty.
So there's that.
Now, if he could just get Mexico to build that wall…