ADDED: This is the best part, I think, about whether Trump deserves more credit than he's gotten:
ALSO: I think this is the Peter Beinart article that Bob refers to: "Trump's Immigration Policy Trap." I don't think it says what Bob claims it says. I said — as I'd already said on this blog — that it's very hard to find any direct statement from Trump that he would deport the 11 million people who are here illegally but living peaceful, settled lives. Bob says Beinart found them, but what Beinart says is:
At the second debate, on September 16... Trump had promised only to deport undocumented immigrants who are violent criminals. He had ducked Tapper’s question about the entire 11 million....That's my point!
[I]n the third debate... Trump ignored the reference to deporting 11 million and focused his answer on the wall...
It’s not that Trump never discussed deportation during the primaries. Over the course of hundreds of interviews, he was occasionally forced to admit that, yes, he would send all the undocumented home.Where's the quote? I think Trump only said things like "They will go home," not that they'd be actively seized and thrown out.
But he discussed the topic as little as possible....That's my point!