Donald Trump's tentative steps in the direction of "softening" his stand on mass deportation, as quoted and discussed in my August 26 Immigration Daily comment, have provoked a reaction ranging from anxiety to outrage from some of his most prominent hard line anti-immigrant supporters.

They may have every right to feel that they are being thrown under the bus (if not a whole fleet of buses, in keeping with his grand scale) by Trump's apparent adventure into the world of humanity and reality in the area of immigration policy. Their reaction is best summed up in the following headline posted bt Right Wing Watch:

Anti-Immigrant Right Racts to Trump's "Softening" With Anger & denial


As described in detail in the article, some of Trump's more "moderate" or "rational" anti-immigrant supporters, such as Dan Stein, head of FAIR (Federation for Immigration Reform) and Mark Krikorian of Center for Immigration Studies, are taking the line that there has been no real change in Trump's positions on immigration enforcement.

Senator Jeff Sessions (R- Alabama), one of the most vocal and influential anti-immigrant hard-liners in Congress, is also trying to put a "positive" spin on Trump's evident deviation from right wing "kick 'em all out" orthodoxy on unauthorized immigration.


However, Sarah Palin, one of Trump's early supporters, was a little more nervous about the prospect of being thrown under the bus, according to The Hill:

However, another Trump supporter, Ann Coulter, a bitter opponent of Latino, Muslim and other "third world" immigration, was not so willing to be thrown under the bus by Trump, according to the above cited Right Wing Watch article.

Neither was Rush Limbaugh. See:

Coulter, according to the above Right Wing Watch report, went from originally trying to put a positive gloss on Trump's possible change of heart on deportation to eventually using the most hated and insulting word about Trump's latest comments that any anti-immigrant advocate can conjure up - "amnesty"!

Donald, please be careful, you might be getting into some real trouble with your hard line anti-immigrant and white supremacist supporters.

Who will be next to hurl anti-immigrant invective against Trump from under the bus: Et tu, David Duke of the KKK?
Roger Algase is a New York immigration lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. For more than 35 years, he has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants from various parts of the world obtain work visas and green cards. Roger's email address is