Rarely has the Republican Party’s split on immigration been as clear as Tuesday night, when the GOP’s high-profile candidates clashed over what to do about millions of undocumented immigrants living in the United States.
Business mogul Donald Trump unleashed his immigration talking points on stage. America needed a wall, he said to protect the country from illegal immigration: “We will have a wall. The wall will be built. The wall will be successful. If you don't think walls work, ask Israel,” Trump said. “The wall works, believe me. Properly done. Believe me.”
Only this time, Trump was confronted with two of the party’s moderates who are vying for a gasp at the spotlight as they struggle to break through in a crowded and conservative primary field. Both former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Ohio Gov. John Kasich leaped at the opportunity to strike rationale into the heart of Trump’s immigration policy. Part of Trump’s plan has included deporting the roughly 11 million immigrants already residing in the country illegally.
“Come on, folks, we all know you can't pick them up and ship them across the border,” Kasich announced on stage before calling Trump’s plan plain “silly.”
“It is not an adult argument. It makes no sense,” Kasich said.