'Dreamers' convinced Trump to support amnesty...in 2014
It's no news that Donald Trump has a long record, going back years and years, of supporting amnesty for illegal aliens. By contrast, for the past three weeks, he has been quite solid on the issue, calling for an elimination of birthright citizenship, building a wall, and deporting illegals (while bringing "the good ones" back in an "expedited" manner).
Despite this common knowledge, I think it worth mentioning that only two years ago, Trump told of his being convinced to support amnesty:
Two years ago, Trump met with immigration activists who told them their stories and asked for his support on immigration. “You convinced me,” Trump said as the meeting ended.
... the DREAMers began telling their life stories... “You know, the truth is I have a lot of illegals working for me in Miami,” [Trump] told them, using the term for undocumented immigrants those in the meeting found offensive. “You know in Miami, my golf course is tended by all these Hispanics — if it wasn’t for them my lawn wouldn’t be the lawn it is, it’s the best lawn,” Pacheco recalled Trump saying.
Trump said he knew the work of undocumented people is what makes his golf courses and hotels great.
“At the end of the day, what we’re looking at is a value proposition for America,” Tijerino said to Trump at the end of the meeting, referring to immigration legislation.
“You’ve convinced me,” Trump said to the delight of the activists in the room.
“We all smiled at each other and said, ‘Wow, we did it, we got this guy to change his mind,’” Pacheco said.
This is a photo of the "Dreamers" Trump met with.
Trump supporters will say that he changed his mind from two years ago. Fine. But what changed his mind? Don't you think that after having a record of supporting amnesty for years, we are entitled to know what changed Trump's mind? He has never talked about that.
Was Trump really unaware two years ago of the illegal aliens flooding across the border, going on welfare, and taxing our schools and hospitals? Was Trump really unaware two years ago of illegals crossing the border and killing Americans? Was Trump unaware of illegals refusing to assimilate and learn English? Was Trump living in a bubble two years ago?
Let me be clear: I love how Trump has led on this issue like no one else has in the past few weeks. I love his smack-down of Jorge Ramos, the self-appointed pope of illegal aliens. I love how he has pushed the debate to the right and squeezed the words "anchor babies" out of Jeb Bush's unwilling lips.
But I think before we vote for a candidate who has changed a longstanding position, we are entitled to know how, when, and why it changed. Don't you? If we don't know the nature of Trump's change of opinion, how can we evaluate how heartfelt his change of mind is, and how steadfast his current convictions are?
This article was produced by NewsMachete.com, the conservative news site.