#GOP presidential nominee #Donald Trump, who began his ill-fated, bigoted campaign about 14 months ago amid promises to deport illegal Hispanic immigrants while at the same time building a wall between the United States and Mexico, may decide not to deport them after all. According to Kellyanne Conway, Trump's newest campaign manager, the decision on whether or not to deport the immigrants if Trump is elected President, is "to be determined." Conway did not specify why there apparently has been a change in thinking within the Trump camp on this issue; however, Conway did state the campaign is looking at other "solutions beyond deportation."
Hispanic Advisory Board meeting
It appears that the transition of thinking on the border issue within the Trump campaign at least partially is the product of the meeting of the Hispanic Advisory Board this month. It was at that meeting that the Trump campaign was encouraged to come up with other approaches to the problem of illegal immigration and to address the problem more humanely. Although Conway has not specified exactly what those other solutions might be, it appears that rounding the illegal immigrants up and immediately deporting them to Mexico no longer is on the forefront.
Multi-cultural, diverse states
One can presume that the reality of campaigning in multi-cultural, diverse, and multi-lingual states such as California and Florida may be having an impact on the Trump campaign's approach to the illegal immigration problem. What appealed to millions of people in the primary election campaigns does not resonate so well in the general election campaign. Although the state of California, with its 55 electoral votes, may be considered a firmly "blue state" that is beyond Trump's reach, the state of Florida, with its 29 electoral votes, is not necessarily beyond Trump's reach. If Trump is to appeal to the Hispanic voters in Florida, he is going to have to come up with solutions to the illegal immigration problem that are more fair, equitable and humane.
A path to citizenship
Although one cannot say for sure what Trump's likely "other solutions" to the illegal immigration problem might be, one can be certain that the solutions, in one way or another, entail a clear path to citizenship for the illegal immigrants and/or their children. Over the last decade or so, there have been many solutions proposed by various politicians from both political parties entailing a clear path to citizenship and/or permanent legal immigrant status. Among these proposals was one that called for educating illegal immigrants, familiarizing them with the Constitution and the laws and way of life in America, and then testing the immigrants. If the immigrants pass the test and have been here for a specified period of time, they are granted citizenship. That is just one solution that has been circulating. It will be interesting to learn whether or not that is one of the solutions being considered by the Trump campaign as it desperately attempts to improve its relations with the media as well.
Trump once sued for housing discrimination
Even if the Trump campaign is able to come up with a solution to the illegal immigration problem that is more palatable to voters in the more multi-cultural, multi-lingual states of California and Florida, the solution still is not going to erase Trump's looming problems from the past. For instance, Donald Trump and his father were sued for housing discrimination against African-Americans and Hispanics in 1975. Trump is probably hoping that the American People will have forgotten about this by the day of the actual #Election 2016 voting. However, so long as there are dedicated journalists out there such as this observer, Trump's housing discrimination lawsuit will not be forgotten all the way to Election Day.