Fresh from a recent, and seemingly cordial meeting with Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, Donald Trump erased any notions of a so-called pivot on his immigration stance, hammering out a 10-point plan to deal with undocumented immigrants at a speech in Phoenix on Wednesday, and emphasizing a focus on those with criminal records.

Trump quashes notion of pivot by stressing focus on criminal immigrants

Although Trump tried to back off on his plans to immediately, and forcefully deport the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants currently in the United States, he was clear in implying that it would be a Herculean task for these individuals to become legal residents of the U.S.

He still promised to deport over two million criminal immigrants in only a few months’ time, though given the reality of things should Trump be elected president, a “matter of months” may not be as achievable as he suggests it is.

The main talking point of the Trump speech wasthat he would primarily be focusing on deporting immigrants who have a criminal record, though once again, he resorted to hyperbole in saying they would be “gone” by his “first hour” in office. He added that he would give immediate authority to law enforcement departments and agencies to aggressively fish out immigrants with rap sheets, and expedite their deportation from the U.S.

All in all, Trump was very far from suggesting a pivot, or a softening of his immigration stance.

Trump, Obama plans have share of similarities and differences

Although Donald Trump and President Barack Obama are like oil and water in terms of their broader ideologies, there is some similarity between some parts of Trump’s ten-point plan with Obama’s current policies on immigration. Late in 2014, the Obama administration made it a top priority to deport immigrants who are members of gangs, convicted criminals, or general threats to security.

There is, however, one key difference between the Trump proposal and Obama’s policy. While the current president has allowed law enforcement to use their best judgment and prevented them from deporting illegal immigrants who haven’t actually been charged of crimes, or have only committed minor violations, Trump’s plans are more hardline in nature. There appears to be no second thought to discretion in the ten-point plan, and Trump seems more than happy to deport individuals who don’t really have anything serious on their rap sheets.

Additionally, Trump’s planned deportation initiative seems to do away largely with due process and “innocent until proven guilty.” Quotes from his Phoenix speech suggest he will come up with means to expedite the deportation process, while experts cited by the New York Times in a report claim that “many due process protections” may be thrown out the window to allow for more widespread deportations.

Trump’s stats may also be laden with hyperbole

Not only were Trump’s timelines distorted with exaggerations, but so were the statistics he cited, particularly the purported two million immigrants sporting criminal records.

The Obama administration’s figures show that there are 176,000 immigrants “at large” in the United States who have been convicted, and have court orders for deportation. As such, there’s a possibility Trump may have taken into account those with minor offenses when coming up with his numbers.

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