Last night Donald Trump vowed there would be no amnesty given to undocumented workers currently living and working in the United States. While he didn’t state the plan was to deport them, he was clear that he would focus on those who have committed crimes.
The speech seemed to have been a perfectly delivered speech, if this was last year and he was trying to rally the Republican base to win the nomination. As a leader, this is the time to expand his reach, beyond the 40% of Republicans who fully support him. He needs more support. Much more.
The takeaways from his speech:
“Anyone who is in the United States illegally is subject to deportation.” – Actual focus will be on illegal immigrants who have committed crimes. One should ask if an illegal individual is caught for a serious crime why they weren’t deported previously.
“We will build a great wall on our southern border and Mexico will pay for the wall. 100%. They don’t know it yet, but they are going to pay for the wall.” – One would point to the fact Trump and Mexico President Nieto had much difference recounts of their meeting on Wednesday, the notion that Trump says he will force Mexico to pay for the wall is the very definition of lack of leadership. If Mexico is forced to pay for the wall under a Trump Presidency, the imports from Mexico will be raised and the real people who will pay for the wall will be the residents of the United States.
Lack of Leadership Moment: Trump failed to tell President Nieto he was going to pay for the wall. If you stand on the podium in front of your supporters that Mexico will pay for the wall, have the balls to tell President Nieto to his face.
“Maybe they’ll be able to deport her.” – This was in reference to Hilary and revved up the crowd, but did nothing to appeal to a larger base he needs to win the election.
“It’s our right as a sovereign nation to chose immigrants that we think are the likeliest to thrive and flourish and love us.” – This has undertones of his original stance to ban all Muslims which he has yet to disavow.
“We will triple the number of ICE deportation specialists. Within ICE I’m going to create a new special deportation task force.” – His previous reference was to a “deportation force” and now he has added “task” into the descriptive.
“If we can save American lives, American jobs and American futures, together we can save America itself.” – His hard stance that it is undocumented workers are the reason minorities cannot find jobs again shows lack of leadership. The reason people find it difficult to find jobs is they lack the motivation and the skill in order to find a job. Ask any employer and they will tell you it isn’t a lack of people to fill their empty positions, it is a lack of QUALIFIED people.
Our education system needs fixing before building a wall.
“Anyone who tells you the core issue is the needs of those living here illegally has simply spent too much time in Washington.” – He has no concern of the human impact the deportation will cause. He stated he would revoke Obama’s executive order allowing immigrants to remain in the country.
Trump had an opportunity to expand his reach and saw his numbers drop. With 68 days left until the election, it is clear, leadership is not a strong quality of Mr. Trump.