Honest Praise for Donald Trump. He Has Seen the Light on Immigration Reform.

Donald Trump is doing the right thing. It is the thing Americans across the political spectrum support and instead of bashing him, we should be thanking him for seeing the light. His immigration position now mirrors that of Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio.

According to Donald Trump, who appeared on Sean Hannity’s TV show last night, his immigration policy will be to focus on existing law and deport criminals, but not deport illegal aliens who crossed into the country decades ago and now have families here. Like Trump, I agree that they should not get citizenship. But like Trump, I also agree the GOP, which is the party of families, should not be in the business of separating families.

A grandparent who, to improve their lot in life, crossed the border as a young person in the 70’s, 80’s, or 90’s and now is a productive member of our society should be welcomed into the American dream. Their penalty can be never obtaining citizenship. But do not send them home. Do not break up those families. It is unreasonably cruel to do that, especially when so many have been such hard working people contributing to the betterment of our own society.

These are not people living on the system, but contributing to the system. Send home the people who have broken the law since they arrived. Send home the gang bangers, the murderers, the thieves, and people like that. But parents and grandparents who have poured sweat equity into the American dream should stay.

I am glad Donald Trump has seen the light on this. He should be commended and we should show him some grace for arriving at this decision.

Yes, I agree with him. We need to build a wall and it should be a real, physical wall.

And now I find myself agreeing with him on this too. I can only imagine that my friend Kellyanne Conway is explaining to Donald Trump what her polling and the polling of so many others has shown. Americans are not heartless and do not want to break up the families of decent people.

If Trump were to pull off a miracle and get elected, at least on this we can be reassured he has returned to the position he held up until the day he declared for the Presidency. Perhaps there is some consistency in him after all.

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