"Let me just tell you that Dwight Eisenhower … moved a million and a half illegal immigrants out of this country, moved them just beyond the border; they came back," Trump explained. "Moved them again beyond the border, they came back. Didn't like it; moved them way south. They never came back."Dwight Eisenhower. You don't get nicer, you don't get friendlier; they moved a million and a half people out. We have no choice. We have no choice."[Trump invokes Eisenhower on illegal immigration, WND, November 10, 2015]This represents a milestone in the immigration debate. At a stroke, Trump demolished the argument that deporting illegals is not feasible. The only question now is whether we have the will to do it.Jeb Bush said the Democrats were "laughing" at the Republicans debating deportation. Ted Cruz seized on this and provided unexpected backup for Trump on immigration enforcement.
"What was said was right," Cruz said. "The Democrats are laughing. If the Republicans join the Democrats as the party of amnesty we will lose.He also did what Trump failed to do earlier by connecting the issue to wages.
"I understand that when the mainstream media covers immigration it doesn't often see it as an economic issue. But I can tell you that for millions of Americans at home watching this, it is a very personal economic issue...""And I will say the politics of it would be very different if a number of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande," said Cruz. "Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press. Then we would see stories about the economic calamity that has befallen our nation."Cruz did not mention deportation. Still, the Overton Window has shifted. Despite the moderators' best efforts, the immigration issue broke out in this debate as never before. And under intense pressure, Trump not only didn't cave, he doubled down. If he remains high in the polls after this debate, it means deportation is not just feasible, it's popular.And as Trump said, if we want to remain a country, we really have "no choice."
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