Donald Trump has been criticized repeatedly, including by other Republican presidential candidates, for lacking specific prescriptions and details to back up his many generalized policy declarations.
However, largely ignored is that Trump’s 2011 book, “Time to Get Tough: Making America #1 Again,” contains 10 chapters of proposals for enacting policy changes on a host of key issues, including a five-point plan on immigration reform.
In one striking clarion call, Trump used the book to demand an end to the interpretation of law that allows for so-called anchor babies, where the children of illegal-immigrant mothers who give birth on American soil automatically become U.S. citizens.
“Some four million anchor babies are now officially U.S. citizens,” Trump wrote in the publication. “This has to stop. The only other major country in the world that issues citizenship based on where one’s mother delivers her child is Canada. The rest of the world bases citizenship on who the kid’s parents are, which is of course the only sane standard.”
The billionaire cited statistics documenting that as of 2011 some 4 million anchor babies were officially U.S. citizens and that illegal immigrant children “often require special classes and language specialists, and take time and resources away from our own students.”
He quoted reports from the Federation for American Immigration Reform, or FAIR, that documented U.S. taxpayers dished out about $52 billion annually to educate illegal aliens.
“The root cause of all the welfare payments to illegal aliens is the so-called ‘anchor baby’ phenomenon,” declared Trump.
“If a pregnant American mother is traveling to Egypt on business and goes into delivery, do we instantly declare her child an Egyptian? Of course not.”
But that’s precisely what goes on every day in America: women who have zero connection to the United States cross the border, deliver a baby, and their kid magically becomes an American citizen eligible to receive all the rights and benefits of those who have lived, worked, and paid taxes in our country.
Trump posited the Fourteenth Amendment was never intended to confer citizenship upon the children of illegals born in the U.S.
That amendment states: “All citizens born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the state wherein they reside.”
Trump maintained: “The clear purpose of the Fourteenth Amendment, ratified in 1868, three years after the end of the Civil War, was to guarantee full citizenship rights to now emancipated former slaves.”
“It was not intended to guarantee untrammeled immigration to the United States,” he wrote.
The billionaire businessman expressed support for previous discussion by Republican Sens. John Kyl of Arizona and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina about introducing a constitutional amendment to “clarify and restore the original intent of the Fourteenth Amendment.”
In 2015, such bills were introduced by Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., but neither has gone for a vote.
5-Point Trump plan on immigration reform
Trump’s 2011 book contained a chapter on immigration reform, replete with a policy blueprint he titled, “The 5-Point Trump Plan.” The full chapter was titled “It’s called illegal immigration for a reason.”
Here is a WND summary of those five points:
1) Build a fence, deploy 25,000 additional border agents, utilize Predator drones
Trump declared himself unimpressed “with the mediocre success rates of the current crop of virtual fences that have been developed and tested.” The reality television star is, however, “impressed with the success of the double- and triple-layered fence in places like Yuma, Arizona.” He called for a serious, layered fence or a wall separated by a 75-yard “no man’s lands” for border agents to operate.Trump additionally called for Congress and the president to “hire another 25,000 border patrol agents and give them the aerial equipment they need, such as Predator drones, to provide real-time aerial reconnaissance information to agents guarding the border wall.”He has since updated his border plan, adding that Mexico should pay for the construction of the new barrier.
2) Enforce immigration law
Trump decried Obama’s moratorium at the time on the deportation of illegal immigrants and the new policy of prosecutorial discretion, calling instead for the president to enforce existing immigration law.”This wholesale abdication of a president’s constitutional duties is as shocking as it is foolish,” he wrote of Obama’s actions. “It’s political pandering of the worst kind.”
3) No more cozy detention centers
“The third thing we need to do is overturn Obama’s insane new ICE recommendations for illegal immigrant detention facilities,” he wrote. “That’s right, your government now requires resort-like accommodations – paid for by you, the American taxpayer – to reward the flood of people entering our country illegally. Obama has turned America into a laughingstock.”
4) Oppose “DREAM Act”
In his book, Trump said he opposes the so-called DREAM Act and he lambasted sections which grant in-state tuition benefits at public colleges and universities, resulting in a situation where illegals may pay less that out of state U.S. citizens. He did not offer any suggestions in the book about deporting illegal aliens.However, he has since advocated the deportation of illegal aliens, while allowing some back into the country through an expedited process.On CNN New Day’s with Dana Bash, Trump stated, “I would get people out and I would have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so that they can be legal,” adding the “bad dudes,” such as criminal illegals, would not be allowed in.Asked about the so-called DREAMers, Trump stated, “On a humanitarian basis, you have a lot of deep thought going into this, believe me.
“I actually have a big heart, a lot of people don’t understand that. The DREAMers, it’s a tough situation. One of the things is we’re going to expedite – when someone’s terrific, we want them back here. But they have to be legal.”
When Bash pressed whether the DREAMers should be deported, Trump elaborated, “They’re with their parents, it depends. Look, it sounds cold. It sounds hard. We have a country. Our country is going to hell. We have to have a system where people are legally in our country.”
5) No future tuition benefits
He further said America’s next president must veto any legislative action “foolish enough” to grant tuition breaks to illegal aliens.
Slams Republicans and Democrats in immigration
Trump had harsh words for not only Democrats but “too many Republicans in Washington” who, he charged, “turn a blind eye to illegal immigration because some of their business supporters want artificially cheap labor.”
Liberal Democrats, meanwhile, “look on illegal immigrants as another potential Democrat voting bloc eager for their big government agenda of welfare handouts, class warfare, and ‘affirmative action.'” Trump charged.
“What do taxpayers get?” he asked. “They get the shaft.”
Echoing controversial statements he made about illegal immigrants when he announced his run for president, Trump first wrote in his book four years earlier that “I actually have a theory that Mexico is sending their absolute worst, possibly including prisoners, in order for us to bear the cost, both financial and social. This would account for the fact that there is so much crime and violence.”
Trump had stated during his presidential run announcement: “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”
In “Time to Get Tough,” Trump backs up his contentions on criminal illegals with cold facts, including statistics on U.S. gangs and a 2011 Government Accountability Office report that 351,000 criminal aliens were being housed in America’s prisons.
“We need a president who will get tough, enforce our laws, protect our people, and pull wages up,” he wrote.
Trump has faced a barrage of criticism, including from some Republicans claiming he is short on actual plans.
“I think what they are is they’re hungry for someone who will tell them the truth and say Washington is broken and we really have to start over, have term limits, wash the place,” Sen. Rand Paul commented last week about Trump’s rising poll numbers.
“But we also have to have a serious discussion about how we’re going to do it,” he added.
Paul made light of Trump’s repeated vow to build a wall along the south-western border and “have Mexico pay for it.”
“I think simply saying the Mexicans are going to pay for it … we’re not going to fix the national debt by saying the Mexicans will pay for it,” Paul said, while urging more serious proposals.
Two weeks ago, former Texas Gov. Rick Perry also short-changed Trump regarding specific plans.
“Reality TV will gather a lot of interest and a lot of people enjoyed the celebrity of that, but for the last 14 years, I’ve had to live in the real world and deal with real world issues and come up with real world solutions. And that’s what the people I think of this country want out of the next president of the United States,” Perry said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”