For those who thought Donald Trump’s immigration covenant was signed in billionaire blood, an exclusive interview with Breitbart on Thursday during which he demanded Disney rehire workers replaced by cheap foreign labor may be viewed as a hasty comb-over to cover his now glaring political bald spot. Unfortunately, the first seeds of Donald Trump distrust were planted when he seemed to flip-flop on a crucial feature of his immigration policy, the H-1B visas used to displace American workers’ tech jobs.
To Breitbart, Trump seemed to offer a new promise: “I will not issue any H-1B visas to companies that replace American workers and my Department of Justice will pursue action against them.” However, that promise may not be enough to soothe the concern of those who jumped on the Trump train precisely because they wholeheartedly embraced his vow to “Make America great again” by creating more jobs and “putting American workers first.”
During the CNBC debate, Trump denied that he had ever opposed Senator Marco Rubio’s plan to greatly increase the number of H-1B visas which allow companies to recruit foreign university graduates and foreign workers to take well paying stem jobs from American students and American workers. “I never said that. I never said that,” Trump claimed when asked about calling Rubio “Mark Zuckerberg’s personal Senator,” adding, “I was not at all critical of him. I was not at all.” Trump then stressed, “I am all in favor of keeping these talented people here so they can go to work in Silicon Valley.”
Obviously, Trump has revisited his touted immigration plan since the debate because now he’s back to publicly dissing Rubio, as he did originally but later denied. Additionally, Trump added a new promise to police companies that abuse visas:
If I am President, I will not issue any H-1B visas to companies that replace American workers and my Department of Justice will pursue action against them … Senator Rubio works for the lobbyists, not for Americans. That is why he is receiving more money from Silicon Valley than any other candidate in this race. He is their puppet
Trump went on to acknowledge that there is no shortage of American graduate students in “science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).” He pointed out that Americans are graduating more each year than are able to find employment in those fields. He added, “We have a surplus of talented Americans and we need them to get jobs first.”
A millennial New Yorker agrees, arguing that illegal immigration unfairly impacts legal immigrants and must be completely under control with no expansion of legal immigration until Americans again have a chance to win the “American Dream.” He blogged, “As an immigrant who legally immigrated to this country, I strongly support Trump’s stance against illegal immigration. Illegal immigration has an unfair effect on legal immigration and the pursuit of the America dream. I don’t believe we can ever expand legal immigration if our resources continue to go to those who have accessed them illegally. “
Immigration issues first greatly set Trump apart from rival candidates in the GOP presidential field. None of the candidates in the top Republican tier have been willing to match Trump’s A- rating on immigration issues.
Numbers USA gives Carly Fiorina a D+ with Rubio a D-. Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s B- might have have been better; however, Cruz doesn’t support protection for American jobs against legal foreign workers and has boasted that he will increase H -1B visas by 500 percent.. Former Governor Chris Christie scored a C+, Ben Carson a solid C, and Jeb Bush scores a C-.
“Saying what he means,” and “meaning what he says” has been one of Donald Trump’s strongest appeals to his ever expanding followers. “I didn’t say that,” said Trump when actually, many voters were aware that he did say that. Voters for whom immigration is a key issue if not the key issue, might be justified in wondering if Donald Trump who says a lot, even knows what he has said, what he has promised.
Many take heart that Trump has not appeared to waffle on preventing illegal border entry, mandated E-Verify plus, interior enforcement, sanctuary cities, and birthright citizenship. These are all popular solutions with voters that Donald Trump has done more than merely propose, he has promised.
However, worse than having the mainstream media say, “I told you so,” even once, is a future of having the mainstream media saying it every day for four years as promise after promise is cast aside. Trump has the highest rating of all in immigration and voters want desperately to believe him. If he wins the primary, his Democrat rival will now be able to raise the flag of flip-flopping against him plus the issue is sure to come up in the next GOP debate. Does Trump need to sign a blood oath to his followers for them to trust him again?