by Jennifer Rubin
"Radical immigration exclusionists likewise are about to get a jarring wake-up call. They cannot deport millions upon millions of non-criminal illegal immigrants who have roots in their communities. Trump, not even a week after the election, is only talking about deporting criminals, working on border control and then addressing the status of rest. This is “amnesty” in a prom dress.
Trump’s notion that there are 2 million or more criminals among the 11 million illegal immigration population amounts to poppycock. The Post and immigration gurus put the figure at more like 800,000. That’s a number the administration will want to embrace, because it won’t ever want to concede that it found 800,000 but couldn’t root out more than a million people. It may make up some tale (the threat of Trump caused them to self-deport!), but the reality will be the same.
At the end of that criminal deportation process (if he gets that far), Trump will have to start addressing the other 10-plus million. Neither he nor the Congress has the stomach to round them all up. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) already said there will be no deportation force. That means Republicans will have responsibility for figuring out how to deal with 10 million people, give or take, who have committed no other crimes — the grandmas, the parents, the children, the students, the manual laborers, the people paying into Social Security and paying sales tax, the merchants, the consumers and the rest."