Trump’s complete incoherence on immigration
It’s called a “touchback” policy in immigration parlance, and it serves – for the brief moment, at least – as the operative campaign position of Donald Trump. Deliberately or not, Trump has managed to muddle his messaging on immigration for a full week now, capped by a CNN interview where he said he might actually be “hardening” his stance on immigration, two days after he allowed that it was “softening.” “There is no path to legalization unless they leave the country and come back,” Trump told Anderson Cooper. Leaving aside the open question of whether this will still be considered amnesty by the Steve King/Ann Coulter/Sarah Palin crowd, this adds a new wrinkle to the crumbled paper that serves as Trump’s current policy. It would perhaps be more accurate to say that there is no Trump immigration policy – not until he outlines it in a coherent fashion, either on paper or in a speech. Maybe, or even probably, none of that matters to Trump’s core supporters. But this was supposed to be (the latest) week that Trump got back on track. He’s dialed back his attacks – but continues to do himself damage simply by talking about his own policies. For those hoping for a new, disciplined Trump, let that sink in.