Over the weekend the Donald Trump illegal immigration train continued as the real estate (come multi-faceted) mogul continued to get smacked around for last week’s comments on illegal immigrants. Trump has already said he won’t be apologizing, and in appearance after appearance, he’s been defending his comments while attacking his opponents. Trump continued that trend over the weekend as a guest on Fox News’ Fox & Friends.
Trump also took the opportunity to call fellow GOP candidates Marco Rubio (R-FL) “very weak on immigration,” George Pataki (R-NY) “a sad figure” and “terrible governor of New York,” while praising Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) as “very brave.”
Another GOP candidate, Rick Perry (R-TX) appeared later in the weekend on ABC News’ This Week and discounted pretty much everything Trump has said about illegal immigration while attempting to “save” the Republican brand name from the bombastic tycoon. While on ABC Perry said, “I’ve said very clearly that Donald Trump does not represent the Republican Party. I was offended by his remarks.
Listen, Hispanics in America and Hispanics in Texas, from the Alamo to Afghanistan, have been extraordinary people, citizens of our country and of our state. They have served nobly. And to paint with that broad a brush, that Donald Trump did — I mean he’s going to have to defend those remarks. I never will. And I will stand up and say that those are offensive, which they were.”
Earlier this week New Jersey Governor and Presidential contender Chris Christie (R-NJ) warned Republican voters to pay no attention to Trump and his comments on handling illegal immigration.
“Please be careful of anyone running for president who will tell you they’ll build a wall across the entire southern border. It’s not going to happen and it is the wrong message to send, and it is not going to be effective.”
On Sunday he continued to speak out against Trump and Trump’s views on illegal immigration.
Shannon Bream: Was that a jab at Donald Trump and what’s your plan for the border?
Chris Christie: First off, it’s not a jab at just Donald Trump. Lots of people have talked about building a wall across the entire southern border. I think it’s the wrong message.
By the way, I know the human spirit. I haven’t found a wall that can be built that a determined human being can not get over, under or around. There may be spots along the border where fencing and walling makes sense because of geography or topography, but that’s a simple politicians answer — to build a wall across our entire southern border. My plan for the border would be multi-fold.
Second, would be to use electronic surveillance we have available to us, through drones and other electronic surveillance on the border and of course to use border patrol officers to do it.
And fourth and most important is to require employer in America to use e-verify. They’re coming across the border not to vote like Hillary Clinton tells us, but they’re coming to work.
If they’re not able to be employed if they come here illegally, if every employer uses e-verify, and if they violate the law, there are fines that are so significant that profits they make off hiring lower wage workers and discriminating against workers won’t be worth their while, you will see a real diminishing of people coming across the border.
That’s common sense and effective ways of being able to secure our border, and you need an executive who has executive experience who knows how to enforce that. And the American people believe will enforce the law unlike this president. They know I’ll enforce the law. I’m a former prosecutor and an executive from New Jersey, I’ll be able to do that.
Three Republicans, three different perspectives on illegal immigration and Latinos in America. Which way will the GOP voters go come next year?