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Donald Trump: Origins Of An Immigrant

Updated on January 9, 2018
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The Origin of Trump

As the controversies surrounding Donald Trump, particularly his comments on immigration, Mexico, Syrian refugees, and the proposed deporting of illegal immigrants follows his Presidency, it turns out that the opportunity to immigrate to another country is what made Donald Trump who he is today.

The opportunity to immigrate is also the enabling factor for two of Trump's marriages including his current one, as is widely known.

How can a man who has prospered so well from immigration, and who has married two immigrants, hold such an intolerant view regarding immigration?

Trump's grandfather, Friedrich Drumpf was, in fact, deported from his homeland of Germany.

Is Donald Trump's condemnation of illegal immigrants, refugees and the subsequent threat of mass deportation the residual, generational effect of a man who's grandfather was expelled from his own country? Or is it just a coincidence?

Friedrich Drumpf, who was a German, left his home country in 1885 at the age of 16, traveling to America in hopes of a better life. Sound familiar?

Friedrich was a very ambitious and after several years had settled in Seattle and started some restaurants (which were most likely brothels). Friedrich Drumpf - who was now Frederick Trump after changing his name, then decided to head to Canada to make some cash in the gold rush

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The Canadian Connection

Per an article in The Times Colonist, it appears that Donald Trump's grandfather gave roots to his future fortunes in Canada.

The author of, "The Trumps, Three Generations that Built an Empire," and Columbia University professor Gwenda Blair, Trump's grandfather started amassing large amounts of money in the Yukon during the Klondike Gold Rush.

It was during this time period that Frederick Trump began capitalizing on the hungry, thirsty miners, opening restaurants, saloons, and hotels.

There was also prostitution going on within those walls of hospitality. I dare say something like that is not entirely up to the moral standards of which Trump presumes to hold the Mexican people to.

Eventually, the Canadian Mounties started cracking down on the prostitution, liquor sales, and gambling that Friedrich had profited from, and quarrels with his partner started to intensify. The gold rush began to wane, and so Frederick Trump returned to Germany with his stash of profits and found a wife.

Unfortunately, during his time away from Germany, German officials decided that Frederick was a draft dodger, accusing him of trying to avoid his tax and military service obligations by leaving the country. They determined that Trump was to be deported on those grounds. His pregnant wife was deported along with him.

Trump then fled to the open arms of America, returning to New York, and worked as a restaurant manager and barber in Queens. Trump and his wife had two sons, Fred and John. Eventually, Fred Trump would take over the real estate investments that Frederick Trump had begun shortly before his death.

"...the population of immigrants who are not authorized to work legally in the U.S claim that Trump's hotels and restaurants hire tons of "illegals" in order to get the work done at a more inexpensive rate. If this were true, it would be a case of absolute hypocrisy."

Family Heritage

One of the most interesting facts about Donald Trump that pertains to countries of origin - one of his favorite subjects - is that he wrote about his heritage in one of his books, "The Art of the Deal," and claimed his paternal family was from Sweden, not Germany. Apparently, that is what his grandfather had told the family.

Eventually, Trump admitted to the mistake and owned up to his German heritage. Donald Trump's mother, Mary Ann, was also an immigrant. She was born in 1912 in Tong, Stornoway, on the Isle of Lewis, off the coast of Scotland. She came to New York on Holiday when she was 18, met Donald Trump's father, Fred, fell in love, and never left. They married and she became a naturalized U.S citizen.

Donald Trump and his current wife, Melania Knauss
Donald Trump and his current wife, Melania Knauss | Source

Donald Trump also married a woman from a foreign country. His first wife was Ivana Zelnickova, from the Czech Republic. They married in 1977, had three children together, and she became a naturalized U.S citizen several years later.

After divorcing Ivana, Trump married an American, Marla Maples, but after their divorce, he married his third and current wife, Melania Knauss. Melania is from Slovenia, and after marrying Trump, she had their baby in the same year she became a naturalized U.S citizen.

So, with all of this immigrating, baby-making, and naturalization going on, you would think that Donald Trump would be on the front lines in supporting those who choose to come to America for a better opportunity, perhaps falling in love and having babies along the way.

The fact that he says people, particularly from Mexico, are devoid of moral character, is not untrue of any segment of a population from any country. There are immoral people everywhere, from any country in the world.

In addition, there's not much proof that Donald Trump himself is of moral character. He is allegedly involved with the American-Italian mafia and has had numerous sour business deals and lawsuits against him. Probably the most telling is the way in which he treats those who disagree with him, hurling school yard insults left and right.

"After divorcing Ivana, Trump married an American, Marla Maples, but after their divorce, he married his third and current wife, Melania Knauss. Melania is from Slovenia, and after marrying Trump, she had their baby in the same year she became a naturalized U.S citizen."

This Video Features an Undocumented Worker Who Claims he Works at a Trump Hotel

Trump & Undocumented Workers

Another notable piece of information is that the population of immigrants who are not authorized to work legally in the U.S claim that Trump's hotels and restaurants hire tons of "illegals" in order to get the work done at a more inexpensive rate. If this were true, it would be a case of absolute hypocrisy.

Donald Trump claims he has no knowledge of any illegal hiring, and puts all the blame on his lower-level managers if there was any truth to the accusations. But as king of his castle, and a self-proclaimed expert at business, that's a hard pill to swallow. Trump should be aware of what is going on within his own businesses.

Most people know that many hotels and restaurants all across the country do hire illegals to work for lower wages to perform tasks such as washing dishes, cooking, waitressing, and cleaning rooms.

Trump would not be the first to engage in hiring illegals to do the dirty work. But if you're going to deny it, threaten to deport the very people you allegedly hire to work for you under the table and run for president, then you'd better know what you're talking about.

Certainly, if you are an illegal and a criminal, then it's understandable that one should expect deportation. It's the way in which Trump is getting away with generalizing all Mexicans as no-good, dirty parasites that make matters a bit sticky. But, as we have seen in history, there are people who have been willing to follow a leader into discrimination, war, or even genocide.

"Remember, remember always, that all of us, you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists"

- Franklin D. Roosevelt

Melting Pot

It just doesn't seem to make any sense that Donald Trump would put so much time and energy into alienating immigrants, illegal or legal.The reason behind targeting the Mexican immigrant population, specifically, seems to be some sort of "Trump" card designed to rally already existing feelings of resentment that many Americans have towards immigrants in general.

Certain types of people in America really do seem to feel as though America is being invaded and that their very existence is being threatened. We see this sentiment rising with the Syrian refugee crisis and recent "Muslim ban" as well.

The thing is, most of the people who attend or attended Trump's rallies have parents and grandparents that came from other countries, many legally, and perhaps some illegally, depending on what immigration laws were at any given time throughout history.

There's no dispute that if countries have laws, then people immigrating to any country should, ideally, abide by the laws and chain of command. For Donald Trump to threaten to deport millions of people based on the opinion that they don't deserve to be here - considering Trump's roots and the fact that members of his own family felt they had a right to stay here - is a shining example of hypocrisy at it's best.

Now that Trump has been elected, will he have what it takes to lead a country that is a melting pot of race, culture, and opinion?

"Certain types of people in America really do seem to feel as though America is being invaded and that their very existence is being threatened. We see this sentiment rising with the Syrian refugee crisis and recent "Muslim ban" as well."

Food for Thought - Deportations are indeed happening, and even reached a record high in 2013

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"In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants."

- Pope Francis

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      bradmasterOCcal 4 days ago from Orange County California

      You people are missing the point.

      In the late 1800s, and early 1900s immigrants were still vetted, and some of them were rejected.

      When the legal immigrants were let into the country, the government provided nothing for them.

      It didn't cost the American Tax payers.

      We also weren't concerned about Terrorists coming in with the immigrants.

      These were Legal Immigrants following the immigration laws.

      That is much different today.

      We have the threat of Terrorists using the same ways to get into the country illegally.

      We have for several decades been the point of sale for the Drug Cartel. And the bigger issue here that we are not dealing with is the American consumer of the Cartel drugs. This brings criminals into the country and adds to those already in the country that enforce and protect their illegal drug sales.

      Also, many of the suicides in the US can be attributed to these drugs.

      Illegal immigrants fill our Jails and Prisons and this costs the American Taxpayers in higher taxes to pay for their incarceration. Then we have states like CA that will protect the convicted Illegal Alien felons from deportation.

      The Illegal Aliens in the US get pseudo American Citizenship. They get welfare, they get free education, and free medical. In CA they get driver licenses.

      These are very expensive gifts to the illegals and they cost the American Taxpayers.

      Mexico doesn't allow people from their southern countries into Mexico. The one exception is for criminals like MS13 gangs they allow them 30 days to cross the US Mexico border.

      These illegal aliens from Mexico are allowed to burn the US Flag in the middle of Los Angeles while flying the flag of Mexico.

      One of the things that the early immigrants had to do was learn English, know our constitution, and promise to adapt to the American Way.

      None of that is possible if you are avoiding the existing immigration laws slipping through the porous US Mexico border.

      Terrorists

      Drugs

      Criminals

      Human Trafficking

      Gun running

      Sanxuary

      Apparently, English isn't your language. Are you one of the illegals?

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      Sanxuary 4 days ago

      Sorry, I thought it said Trump Origins of an idiot.

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      Nikki Khan 6 weeks ago from London

      Hi Michelle,

      thanks for sharing,,very informative as we get to know Trump's history,overall ,he is very dangerous person at the moment on earth in power.

      His messing up with all the countries since he is President of America has long term bad effects which we all will see sooner.

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      Michelle Zunter 23 months ago from California

      Yes! I know from experience. It took me years of paperwork, appointments, money, and time to become a permanent resident. It's not easy. Or at least it wasn't for me back in the early 2000's after 9/11.....

      For the rich, it's not such a pain ;)

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      Gordan Zunar 23 months ago from New York

      Thank you. I would just like to add one more thing which I believe the public should be reminded of more often. It takes about 2 to 5 years for an immigrant to get a green card after marrying a citizen. Then, it takes another 10 years to get the citizenship.

      Trump and Melania got married in 2005. She became a naturalized, not a green card holder, but a naturalized citizen the following year.

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      Michelle Zunter 23 months ago from California

      Thanks for your comment Gordon, I not only agree with you, but admire the way you articulate your points. Glad to have readers like you (as well as the ones who disagree)

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      Gordan Zunar 23 months ago from New York

      Thank you for this article. It has sparked up quite a debate. One thing you pointed out is right on the money and that's that the feeling of resentment towards illegal immigrants already existed among the population and Trump is just exploiting it.

      Somebody here said that legal immigrants can't do the same things illegal ones can. I'm just wondering what things are those. Does anyone really think an illegal can get a job easier than someone on a working visa or a green card holder?

      Second, some people are acting as if they're having a fun time crossing that border through the desert by foot or in a back of a coyote's trunk who they just paid all their savings, selling all of their possessions just to escape poverty and gang and cartel violence.

      Third, people are talking about overcrowding. Really? How small is America? Sure, some big cities like NYC are getting overcrowded but it certainly isn't because of the immigrants.

      Third, illegal immigrants make around 3.6% of the whole population.

      Fourth, instead of deporting, the US government should work with the Mexican govt on fighting narco cartels and moguls like Trump should start bringing some investments to Central America in order to improve their economy. That would reduce the influx of illegals (but as if that's in their interest).

      Fifth, someone mentioned illegals importing violence, guns and drugs. Sorry but drugs and guns are being bought and used predominantly by American citizens. It's simple economics - demand dictates the supply.

      Seventeenth. (As I've lost my count) Immigration back before the 20s was a breeze. All you had to do is register at one of the ports. No visa, no expiration date.

      And finally, one thing I like to point out although I might be exaggerating. But we all know most Mexicans are the descendants of different Native tribes. Could this nationwide paranoia of an "invasion" come from some sort of a collective guilt...? ;)

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      Michelle Zunter 24 months ago from California

      Fantastic idea Stacie L. I have never seen him being asked those kinds of questions. That would be most refreshing. Thank you for reading!

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      Stacie L 24 months ago

      I enjoyed reading this. You make some excellent points. maybe call or write in some of your questions about his heritage and his(ex) wives country of origin to the next debate. ;-)

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      Hxprof , Jimmy Carter banned Muslims from entering the country not that long ago. Imagine that, a Democrat President. Funny how Obama overlooked that salient historical fact.

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      It's true that the laws today are much different than in the past regards immigration, thus, someone who wouldn't have been viewed/branded as illegal 100 years ago may be viewed/branded as such today. There's nothing wrong with that! Every country has the right and the responsibility to decide who can come in and under what circumstances. Failure of a country to do that these days can be deadly or at the very least detrimental.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "We Americans like our populism in small doses, and preferably from an elitist." -- PJ O'Rourke.

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      PeterStip 2 years ago

      That's a populistic reply Nicomp. But to answer. In the land of the free a poor person should have the same chance as a rich person to become president. That's a dream though...you buy your presidency. The more money the more chance you have to win. ergo, it's not neceseraly the best person who wins the job interview but the one with the best friends. Long live democracy.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      UnnamedHarald

      There is a difference between immigrants going through Ellis Island, and just crossing the border.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      "Mr. Trump is a populist. He's a rich dude of the 1%"

      Yes! Hate the rich! Elect a poor person as President! Down with the rich!!!

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      PeterStip 2 years ago

      Why are there immigrants i n the first place.

      People who want to immigrate to another country do so for several reasons. But the main reason is to get a better life.

      Immigrants who come from Mexico try to find a better life in the US because the working conditions, thanks to huge Corporations like Trump, Ford etc. is terrible. People are exploited.

      What's wrong with looking for a better life ? Everybody does it.

      secondly, all americans are immigrants, one way or another, they slaughtered the indigenous americans when they came.

      Are we afraid that the mexicans will come with their machine guns and slaughter all peacefull US citizens ? Like in the Western movies...

      Give people a chance and do not point at them like black sheep.

      Mr. Trump is a populist. He's a rich dude of the 1%. He doesn't give a them about people. The only thing he wants is your vote and your liberties.

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      Greg Schweizer 2 years ago from Corona, California.

      We never had to have a passport to go to Canada, as pointed out previously, or to go to Mexico. That changed very quickly. No reason why they couldn't do it from state to state.

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      Michelle Zunter 2 years ago from California

      Yes, and that kind of thing could happen very quickly, perhaps as a reaction to another event or incident.

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      Greg Schweizer 2 years ago from Corona, California.

      Just think how it would be having to show ID, or even Passport to go from state to state. Very unlikely, but by all rights, that could happen. There was a time that was done to go from country to country in Europe. But now most of that is like going from state to state here. It could revert there as well if things keep going the way they are. Food for thought, Greg.

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      Michelle Zunter 2 years ago from California

      Yes, everything is different now. I feel nervous going through the border just as a normal person with nothing to hide! I think that's the goal, but still, it just feels so hostile. Thanks for reading and relating :)

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      David Hunt 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Yes, I remember times driving to Canada and the guard would just ask "Is everybody in the car American?" and wave us through. Fast forward to the week after 9/11/2001 when we drove to see my relatives in Canada: an hour in line on the bridge, an extremely thorough and suspicious examination of the car and the trunk followed by questions like "why are you choosing to come into Canada now after so many years?" etc. A rude awakening. I hasten to add that once inside Canada, it put a lump in my throat to see mile after mile of Canadian flags at half mast. I fear we have squandered the good will of many nations in the intervening years.

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      Michelle Zunter 2 years ago from California

      Glad you absorbed my point UnnamedHarald. That's exactly what I was trying to say.

      As far as immigration goes, the laws were much different back then and it was fairly easy to transplant yourself or "immigrate" to America. There was no label of "legal" or "illegal" as it relates to today's world.

      Not sure exactly what documentation you needed back in the time of Trump's grandfather, but it's nothing like today.

      In fact, as recently as 1997 you could come through the American border as a Canadian by just flashing your drivers license at a man in a guard booth and drive on. I know because I did it a few times. Everything is different now, since 9/11, so it's all relative to the times in which the subjects in question decided to immigrate.

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      Greg Schweizer 2 years ago from Corona, California.

      In your hub you keep mentioning the immigration of his grandfather, mother and 2 wives. Not once did I see the word "illegal" in front of any of them. What Trump is against, as most of us are, is "illegal-immigration". There is a big difference. Greg.

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      David Hunt 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Umm... did you read the article? The point is that the description of the "bad people" you imply I want to enter this country would have applied to Trump's grandfather.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      UnnamedHarald

      What is your point?

      Do we want bad people to easily get into this country?

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      David Hunt 2 years ago from Cedar Rapids, Iowa

      Illegal, legal... the point I took from this is that today, if someone wanted to get into the US and had an unsavory past (prostitution, illegal liquor, gambling, etc), they would have to enter illegally. Unless they had a lot of money, of course.

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      nicomp really 2 years ago from Ohio, USA

      I haven't heard The Donald put any time and effort into 'alienating' immigrants as you assert. Feel free to twist his words and take him out of context if you like. He'd be a sad little President but he's still doing well in the polls with most demographics.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Farawaytree

      Coming from Canada you must see the difference in America. Canada repels the idea of taking jobs away from Canadians. They require that work done their by people from other countries to go through a Canadian company.

      How does Canada treat illegal aliens?

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      GreenEyes1607 2 years ago from USA

      I found this article very interesting and informative. I have seen how Trump has gained a lot of attention in the media recently with his announcement of running for President, but I didn't know too much about his background expect that most of his wives are from other countries and he's a billionaire. I think the reason Trump is targeting Mexicans with his ambitious immigration reforms is because America gets the most immigrants from Mexico than any other country. I am all for America accepting immigrants legally and letting them have a piece of the American Dream. The thing that troubles me and many others is the violence, drugs, and crime they bring to this country when they come illegally and put a strain on our economy and safety. I think there needs to be a middle ground to this where deserving immigrants can come legally and the ones that threaten our safety are not allowed this privilege. You brought attention to a lot of good issues on here! Nice work. Certainly a lot to think about.

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      Michelle Zunter 2 years ago from California

      Yes. Borders are in interesting thing, aren't they? Each country gets to decide who stays in, who gets kicked out based on lines in the sand. Nothing is fair in life, but there's got to be a more productive way of sorting out the disaster that's been created between countries. Maybe they should just throw all the rejects on an island - or have we used up that idea already? I do, however, appreciate all the feedback :)

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      Your concern for people who're being displaced from their home countries is admirable - it is a humanitarian issue that needs to be addressed by every country. And I suspect that me or you might be among the masses trying to find another country if the US were having the problems some other countries are having.

      That said, the issue can be addressed without the US or any country allowing itself to be flooded with illegal immigrants. Those fleeing Syria for Europe right now don't have to be absorbed by European countries. Instead they can be settled in temporary camps where they're fed/clothed until things settle down in their home country - then they can be sent back. The US could participate in the same manner....it would be costly, but in the end we're not trying to absord more people than we're capable of handling.

      If we allow our country to be used the way it's been used over the last 20 years (and particularly the last several years) we're burdening our system with far too many people that need assistance and are uninterested/unable to melt in. Some also asert that by allowing too many people in so quickly from other cultures puts a societal strain on our nation, and I tend to agree. We can observe this in action in many countries in Europe even before this recent wave of illegal immigration.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      Farawaytree

      Illegal aliens have an unfair advantage because they can sneak into the country.

      What if the deportation was based on the current immigration laws, and quotas?

      That would be fair, and it would put the illegals in the same footing as the legal immigrants.

      Do you think it is fair that legal immigrants can't do the same thing as the illegal aliens. What about Equal Protection? The legal immigrant doesn't have the same protection even though they are following existing law. Is it fair to give an advantage to those that break the law?

      None of the other candidates democrat or republican have an immigration solution.

      President Obama failed to obey the immigration laws, and that was not in his oath to the country. It is the job of Congress to change the laws, and they seem silent, or in a coma.

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      Michelle Zunter 2 years ago from California

      I agree with many of your points. I don't agree with the manner in which the solution to the problem is being delivered by The Donald. He's being divisive on this issue purely for the sensational value for his campaign. I think the immigration system as a whole in this country, and surely in others as well, is a disaster, and most likely corrupt. I have been dealing with the immigration system for over a decade, and it costs an arm and a leg just to be a permanent resident, and then also to apply for citizenship.

      The thing that people don't think about is the life of an illegal alien isn't exactly a dream, and they are always looking over their shoulder and terrified of authority. What kind of life is that anyway, even if you did sneak in for free? Apparently better than where they came from, according to them. But it's not just America. Immigrants from all over Europe flood into places like England, many illegally, claiming their countries are poor and dangerous. It's an international, human issue.

      Now that so many illegals are already here, is mass deportation the best solution? I use The Donald just to point out that any of his wives would have had to leave the country unless they had met and married him, unless they worked in a profession where they could immigrate for work purposes - which is not easy - or marry another American. I'm sure their immigration process was speedy. As I said, it's really about humanity and figuring out what has gone so wrong in this world that so many people are being displaced, or displacing themselves from their homelands.

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      bradmasterOCcal 2 years ago from Orange County California

      There is a big difference between the LEGAL immigrants that came to the US in the last century and the ILLEGAL immigrants that didn't go through the legal immigration process. The Illegals have been coveted with DeFacto American Citizenship, while the immigrants going through the immigration process have been discriminated by the government.

      The legal immigration process turns down a lot of immigrants because they don't meet the quotas or the other requirements like not being a criminal. This process is time consuming and expensive and it takes years. And during that time, these immigrants are not affordable any special consideration as are the illegal immigrants.

      The US didn't follow its own immigration laws when it comes to the illegal aliens. The keyword is Illegal. It is interesting that Mexico affords no reciprocity for Americans in Mexico. Like the US Army Sgt that was imprisoned when we mistakenly crossed into the border station in Mexico.

      Yet, most of the Americans, including the Governor of CA, and the president of the US did nothing to intercede for a US Military person caught in the International games played by Mexico.

      Also consider that many of the illegals coming into the US from Mexico are bringing drugs courtesy of the Mexican Drug Cartel to the tune of over a billion dollars a year. Along with those drugs come other crimes such as weapons trafficking.

      Why are so many people trying to defend the illegal aliens while not defending a US Citizen, an millions of immigrants going through the Legal Immigration Process.

      ???

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      Michelle Zunter 2 years ago from California

      Thanks for your input. He is essentially like that unfiltered family member no one wants to invite to family events because he offends everyone. I also think, being a legal immigrant myself, that whether or not the "illegal" part is in front of the word immigrant, he is skating on dangerous territory, because every LEGAL immigrant possibly knows an immigrant who is "illegal" or has a family member who is, so it offends legals as well to an extent.

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      Hxprof 2 years ago from Clearwater, Florida

      You make a good point about Trump's hotels possibly (let's say almost certainly) hiring illegal immigrants. I agree with you that if he's going to spout off about illegal immigration, he needs to clean his closets!

      However, the main point of your article seems to be that Trump is yelling and screaming about immigrants.....but that's not entirely true. He's yelling and screaming about illegal immigrants! There a huge difference, and it appears you understand that in part because you comment that "There's no dispute that if countries have laws, then people immigrating to any country should, ideally, abide by the laws and chain of command". Yep. And I'll take the liberty of adding that the countries with those laws have the right and responsibility to use every legal tool to enforce them, including the tool of deportation.

      Your other point is that Trump is denigrating Mexicans by calling them immoral, criminals. I agree with you that his initial comments about the sorry state of our southern border were phrased in an way that is absolutely denigrating to Mexicans; however, I and many other Americans understood his point: that lots of undesirables are coming in along with those just looking for work. This is what Trump was trying to say, and he confirmed this only a day or two later. But Trump is guilty of opening his mouth without thinking as he did with his initial comments.

      Trump is a brash man. Boastful, loud, and at times unaware that the way he says things can be just plain ugly, Trump is like the classic bull in a china shop. But his position on illegal immigration is the right position for our country.