I heard it suggested today that President Trump wants to fast-track those here illegally (except those who commit crimes) to become legal.
Remember how in one of his comments on building the wall, he said there would be a big, beautiful door right in the middle of it?
And, I find this quote from Trump, although it is a little old (from a CNN interview in November, 2015):
"I would get people out and then have an expedited way of getting them back into the country so they can be legal…. A lot of these people are helping us … and sometimes it’s jobs a citizen of the United States doesn’t want to do. I want to move ’em out, and we’re going to move ’em back in and let them be legal."
I might shift my stand on President Trump some, if all this is true. What if he seeks to legalize the best part of the 11 million who are here? What if he would legalize all but those who have committed crimes? What if he just sends them back, then brings them all back in legally? Or, maybe he doesn't even export them before re-importing them.
It would be a great achievement of his presidency if he solved the immigration problem. Great presidents do great things. Lincoln freed the slaves. Perhaps Trump could free the undocumented Americans.
We have gone through a long line of presidents and Congresses and politicians, and none have yet solved the immigration problem. Should Trump do this, it would be no mild accomplishment. It would give his legacy in office a measure of greatness.