The communist Mainstream Media /Treason Lobby has been in a frothing rage over Donald Trump’s immigration agenda. He is nothing less than Adolf Hitler, they say, because the former president calls out his political enemies and tells the truth about the Great Replacement invasion at the southwest border. His colorful language about immigration—echoing his famous 2015 escalator announcement—cements the impression that the old Trump who prevailed in 2016 is back. It remains to be seen whether he can keep the promises in his recently publicized plan to stop the invasion. Still, as the clear frontrunner, Trump sets the tone for the GOP presidential field and for the rest of the party. Republicans, most notably the other candidates, must follow his lead.
The New York Times initiated the latest round of hysteria with an in-depth article on Trump’s immigration plan. The headline: Sweeping Raids, Giant Camps and Mass Deportations: Inside Trump’s 2025 Immigration Plans [by Charlie Savage, Maggie Haberman and Jonathan Swan, November 11, 2023]. That was meant to terrify Leftist readers, but it’s music to immigration-patriot ears. The plan, apparently spearheaded by Stephen Miller, will drastically reduce legal and illegal immigration, the NYT’s frightened scribes reported. It would reinstate Remain in Mexico, the travel ban aimed at Muslim nations, and Title 42 public-health expulsions (even before COVID, illegals were bringing dangerous diseases into the United States). President Trump would also end Birthright Citizenship, deport foreign Hamas supporters, block entry to “extremists,” cancel the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, and terminate Temporary Protected Status for tens of thousands of foreigners. Looks like Trump wasn’t kidding when he promised what would amount to Operation Wetback II back in March.
Rather than focus on targeted arrests, a Trump administration would prioritize raids on employers of illegals and other large-scale public sweeps. The model: Dwight Eisenhower’s 1954 “Operation Wetback,” which did effectively clear out illegal aliens. Raids would send a clear message that illegals are not welcome. The fear factor would encourage those not swept up in raids to self-deport. Miller told the Times that the administration would build “vast holding facilities” for illegals slated for removal.
Of course, Trump didn’t fulfill many of his first-term promises. But the NYT frets that he is now in a much better position to deliver in a second term because he would be surrounded by much better staff and enjoy a more favorable legal environment:
The aides Mr. Trump relied upon in the chaotic early days of his first term were sometimes at odds and lacked experience in how to manipulate the levers of federal power. By the end of his first term, cabinet officials and lawyers who sought to restrain some of his actions—like his Homeland Security secretary and chief of staff, John F. Kelly—had been fired, and those who stuck with him had learned much.
In a second term, Mr. Trump plans to install a team that will not restrain him.
Since much of Mr. Trump’s first-term immigration crackdown was tied up in the courts, the legal environment has tilted in his favor: His four years of judicial appointments left behind federal appellate courts and a Supreme Court that are far more conservative than the courts that heard challenges to his first-term policies.
All Trump needs is skilled staffers and attorneys to make the policies a reality. If Miller is Chief of Staff, the president will be more focused on immigration patriotism.
The one major flaw with Trump’s plan: It doesn’t really address legal immigration. It would undoubtedly reduce legal immigration, as Trump’s policies did in the first term. But it wouldn’t do enough. The RAISE Act, which would halve legal immigration, should have been included. Granted, unlike the rest of Trump’s plan, that would depend on getting legislation through Congress. Otherwise, everything outlined in the New York Times can be done by executive order and bureaucratic regulation, such as barring entry to immigrants likely to be on public assistance and reducing refugee numbers. Trump did this in the first term, so he’s likely to bring it back in the second. But his platform must explicitly endorse reducing legal immigration by any means necessary.
The NYT’s report was followed by a far more histrionic article from the Washington Post, which concluded that he sounds exactly like Der Führer. Post reporter Marianne LeVine shrieked over Trump’s comparing Leftists to vermin, saying the real threat to America is from within, and arguing that illegal immigrants are “poisoning the blood of our country.” WaPo found “experts” to compare Trump to the great villains of history.
“The language is the language that dictators use to instill fear,” said Timothy Naftali, a senior research scholar at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. “When you dehumanize an opponent, you strip them of their constitutional rights to participate securely in a democracy because you’re saying they’re not human. That’s what dictators do.”
Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a historian at New York University, said in an email to The Washington Post that “calling people ’vermin’ was used effectively by Hitler and Mussolini to dehumanize people and encourage their followers to engage in violence.”
[Trump calls political enemies ‘vermin,’ echoing dictators Hitler, Mussolini, November 12, 2023]
A second Trump term would be like the “Third Reich,” MSNBC’s pundits declared [Joe Scarborough and Jon Meacham Directly Equate Trump’s ‘Vermin’ Speech to Nazism: ‘Opens the Door’ to ‘Ghastly’ Crimes, by Colby Hall, Mediaite, November 13, 2023].
Traitor Joe Biden’s campaign, of course, wildly condemned Trump and Miller:
“Mass detention camps, attempts to deny children born here citizenship, uprooting families with mass deportations—this is the horrifying reality that awaits the American people if Donald Trump is allowed anywhere near the Oval Office again,” Biden campaign spokesperson Ammar Moussa [Tweet him] said in a statement. “These extreme, racist, cruel policies dreamed up by him and his henchman Stephen Miller are meant to stoke fear and divide us, betting a scared and divided nation is how he wins this election.”
[Biden campaign slams ‘extreme’ and ‘racist’ Trump immigration plans, by Myah Ward, Politico, November 11, 2023]
Outside of all the noise, Trump’s pitch shows he knows what will win the election. It’s the same issue that put him in the White House in 2016. He barely mentioned immigration in 2020, but now it serves as a central part of his campaign.
Trump sees that the border invasion is the Democrats’ biggest weakness. He sees the chaos and crime that illegals are causing and committing in Sanctuary Cities. He understands that Biden’s border treason is driving the invasion. He knows that Republicans poll far better than Democrats on immigration. And he definitely grasps how unfavorably Americans view Biden because of the invasion. It’s an issue that can no longer be ignored. All it takes is for Republicans to speak forcefully out against it.
Democrats do not want to run on immigration. They want the issue to go away. But everything they do makes the problem more noticeable. It will likely be the decisive factor in 2024.
A major change from 2016: how the rest of the GOP sounds similar to Trump. Nearly every candidate at September’s presidential debate advocated ending Birthright Citizenship, including the South Carolina squish, Senator Tim Scott.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis also supports mass deportations and more zealous immigration enforcement. One of his primary pitches is that voters can trust him, not Trump, to deliver on this pledge [Republican presidential candidates are going hard right, by Stephen Gruber-Miller, Des Moines Register, October 4, 2023].
Several Republicans want to block Palestinians from the United States and deport all Hamas supporters. Even squishes in Congress are lining up behind serious immigration proposals in the current budget fight.
This is no longer a party that unifies to condemn a Muslim ban and champions Amnesty. It’s now a party more willing to support a tough immigration plan like Trump’s.
But the party’s blind spot continues to be legal immigration. Most Republicans continue to ignore it. A disturbingly high number persist in wanting more immigrants. Over the weekend, Nikki Haley said businesses must be permitted to import as much foreign labor as they want [Nikki Haley: Let CEOs Import Workers and Graduates They ‘Need,’ by Neil Munro, Breitbart, November 11, 2023].
Trump (or DeSantis) still has an opportunity to push the GOP further. The problem isn’t just illegal immigration—it’s immigration, period. Republicans won’t be truly America First until Haley’s statements are no longer tolerated. There’s still a long way to go to achieve that goal.
But what Trump offers so far is good for immigration patriots and would put America on the right track. The shrill cries from the Regime Media illustrate that it’s the right plan.