About this supposed Trump softening and pivot on immigration:
It’s far more a matter of the media playing head games with and trying to drive a wedge between Trump and his most loyal supporters than it is reality and substance.
I think the media and the Hillary campaign (though I repeat myself) have figured out that their most potent weapon is to try to convince Trump supporters that he’s not the populist and nationalist he purports to be. Uplifting Hillary doesn’t work well, and bashing Trump on the usual grounds doesn’t either. Which leaves trying to dissolve the bounds which attracted Trump supporters to Trump to begin with.
Which is why one of two Hillary TV buys in Missouri has been about, “see see see, his clothes aren’t made in the USA, so he ain’t no economic nationalist.”
Let’s concede for the sake of discussion that Trump was actually softening on immigration. It would mean that even his softened immigration policy is worlds stronger than what we have now and even more so than what Hillary would give us, and she’s promising to throw the borders open even wider than Obama has. When you’re stuck in the middle of the Sahara desert, and you’re presented with a cup of water, you don’t care about the precise fraction of cup that is filled.