Trump Spokesperson: “He Hasn’t Changed His Position On Immigration – He’s Changed The Words That He Is Saying”

Bless Katrina Pierson’s little heart. I can only hope she gets paid a LOT of money for embarrassing herself like this.

Via The Hill:

Donald Trump’s spokeswoman on Thursday defended the GOP nominee over criticism about his immigration policies. “He hasn’t changed his position on immigration. He’s changed the words that he is saying,” Katrina Pierson said on CNN.

“What he has always said from the beginning is that he does not want to allow people to stay in this country illegally. He does want to build a wall.” When pressed, Pierson continued to say Trump is not giving a different message, but is just “using different words to give that message.”

“Everyone on the news is saying that he’s a bigot and that he’s a racist because of the words that he uses,” Pierson said. “Now, he’s simply saying, yeah, we are going to follow the law. We are going to enforce the law.”

Bolding is mine.

Ann Coulter: If Trump “Softens” On Immigration That Could Mean End Of My Book Tour

Right-wing nut Ann Coulter is out promoting her newly minted pro-Donald Trump book, In Trump We Trust, but says the book tour could end if Trump really does “soften” his proposed immigration policies.

Mediaite recaps:

Coulter appeared on MSNBC’s Hardball Tuesday evening, where Chris Matthews asked her to weigh in on recent remarks from Trump in which he admitted that he was considering “softening” his policies on immigration. “We’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump had said.

Coulter said Trump’s comments “sounded very consultant to me,” adding, “This could be the shortest book tour ever if he’s really softening his position on immigration.” Her latest book is entitled In Trump We Trust.

“I don’t think he is” softening, she added. “I think this is a mistake. It sounds like it’s coming from consultants,” she said. “I’ve thought he’s made other mistakes, and I’ve given him constructive criticism when I think he makes a mistake. I think this is a mistake.”

Even as Coulter was speaking those words to Chris Matthews, the Donald was telling Sean Hannity of Fox News that “softening” is exactly what he plans to do.

Donald Trump On Immigration Policy: “There Could Certainly Be A Softening”

Well, here comes that “general election pivot” we’ve all been told was coming from Republican Donald Trump.

I can’t see how “softening” his approach to immigration will make his core supporters happy.

From CBS News:

Donald Trump indicated he could be on his way to one of the most surprising policy shifts of his presidential campaign: that he might be open to letting at least some undocumented immigrants in the United States remain. This came after days of confusion about his stance on large-scale deportations and after an immigration speech planned for Thursday in Colorado was scrapped.

“There could certainly be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people,” Trump said to Fox News commentator Sean Hannity in a town hall that aired on Tuesday night on “Hannity.” “We have some great people in this country. We have some great, great people in this country but we’re going to follow the laws of this country and what people don’t realize–we have very, very strong laws.”

His answer was in response to a question from Hannity about whether Trump would be willing to change laws to accommodate undocumented immigrants who had committed no crimes, apart from their immigration violation.

It could be a significant shift in both policy and tone for the GOP nominee, given that Trump has spent almost the entirety of his candidacy supporting a mass deportation policy that would allow those that hadn’t committed crimes to return legally after deportation. He has also routinely linked illegal immigrants to crime.

For months, Trump even touted the President Dwight D. Eisenhower-era “Operation Wetback,” a controversial operation in which the United States government rounded up and forcibly deported hundreds of thousands of undocumented Mexican immigrants, some of whom died in the process.

Political reporters have noted that Trump and his surrogates on the campaign trail have avoided the word “deportation” like the plague these past two weeks.

It’s interesting that Trump has mentioned that both Presidents Obama and Bush deported large numbers of undocumented immigrants during their administrations, and takes time to say we have “very, very strong laws.”

When you add that all up, you have to wonder what it is that Trump’s opposing then. He seems to be saying Obama and Bush did their jobs. And THAT makes for an odd pivot in my mind.

News Round-Up: August 4, 2016

Some news stories you may have missed:

• First look at Supergirl‘s cousin “Superman,” 28 year old Tyler Hoechlin, as he rips open his shirt to become the man of steel and save the day. Hoechlin makes his debut in the second season of Supergirl this fall.

• Anti-gay Kansas Rep. Tim Huelskamp loses his primary challenge on Tuesday to newcomer Roger Marshall. You name the anti-gay legislation, this guy supported it.

• It’s very possible that, before marrying Donald Trump, Melania Trump was working in the U.S. illegally.

• Seattle City Council unanimously passes
an ordinance protecting youth from being subjected to so-called
“ex-gay” therapy. Research has shown the practice amounts to torture for
young LGBTs.

• Immediately upon being eligible to receive classified briefings, Donald Trump describes “top secret” video he saw at campaign rally.

• This couple turns the perception of tops/bottoms upside down.

President Obama Announces He Will Use Executive Power To Address Immigration

In light of a Congress that refuses to address illegal immigration issues, President Obama announced today that he will use whatever legal executive powers he has to begin to repair the country’s immigration laws.

From the New York Times:

White House officials said that Speaker John A. Bohener informed the president last week that he would not bring an immigration overhaul to the floor this year. As a result, officials said Mr. Obama would vow to use his powers to address longstanding concerns about the impact of deportations on the families of illegal immigrants.

“The president will address the Republican leadership’s unwillingness to bring immigration reform up for an up-or-down vote, and the president will announce a new effort to fix as much of our broken immigration system as he can through executive action,” a White House official said.

Among the first of several expected actions by the President, he will order more enforcement resources to the southern border of the US to cope with a recent surge in border crossings by children. He has also asked his staff to prepare a list of executive actions which the President can use to address as much of the illegal immigration issue as is possible through his office.

The President signaled he expects that list by end of summer.

US Senate advances “Gang of 8” immigration legislation to full Senate debate

By a vote of 82-15, the US Senate voted to advance the current “Gang of 8” immigration bill to full Senate debate.

From USAToday:

A procedural vote to begin formal debate on the bill was approved 82-15 on a bipartisan vote.

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., both voted to advance the bill despite lingering resistance from some elements of both parties.

“There are 11 million reasons to pass common-sense immigration reform that mends our broken system — 11 million stories of heartbreak and suffering that should motivate Congress to act,” Reid said. Previous attempts to pass an overhaul of immigration laws have not gotten this far.

The bill would allow most of the nation’s estimated eleven million undocumented immigrants to apply for citizenship within 13 years provided they

• learn English
• pass a criminal background check
• pay $2000 in fines.

Record number of illegal immigrants deported in last year

The U.S. removed 396,906 illegal immigrants in the last fiscal year, a record number, the Obama administration said.

Deportations in the fiscal year ending Sept. 30 were up 4,044 from the year before.

The Obama administration has stepped up arrests and deportations of those convicted of crimes. The strategy is a departure from immigration policies of President Barack Obama’s predecessor, George W. Bush, who emphasized raids on businesses suspected of hiring illegal immigrants.

“We are making progress, with more convicted criminals, recent border crossers, egregious immigration law violators and immigration fugitives being removed from the country than ever before,” said John Morton, director of the immigration and customs agency, in a statement today.

The Obama administration decided in September to extend the deployment of 1,200 National Guard troops on the U.S.-Mexico border through the end of the year, at a cost of about $10 million a month.