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The GOP Has Some Lessons to Learn from Trump’s Immigration Policies

The GOP Has Some Lessons to Learn from Trump’s Immigration Policies
By Yuri Vanetik and Thomas Tucker

Polls indicate that support for Donald Trump is plateauing while key challengers like Ben Carson, Carly Fiorina and Marco Rubio are quickly gaining ground.

If this trend continues and Trump flames out, the Republican establishment shouldn’t simply dismiss his candidacy as a fad. There are lessons to be learned from Trump’s unexpected popularity. The most important one is that there is broad support for some components of his immigration platform, even among Hispanics.

Yes, you read that right.

Polls show that many Hispanics agree with Trump that illegal immigration is a huge problem. The eventual GOP nominee should, of course, reject the divisive, inflammatory language Trump has often used to make the case for reform. But there are smart policy ideas buried under all that rhetoric. They ought to be incorporated into the official party platform.

A recent poll by SurveyUSA shows Trump commands the support of 31 percent of Hispanics. That’s not only a higher share than Mitt Romney received in 2012 — it’s more than Republican George H.W. Bush received in 1988 when he won the general election.

Most Hispanics aren’t single-issue voters when it comes to immigration. A recent Gallup poll found that, among registered Latino voters, 67 percent are at least willing to support a candidate who doesn’t share their views on immigration. And 18 percent don’t consider the issue important to them at all.

What’s more, many Hispanic citizens have little sympathy for immigrants who haven’t played by the rules. Forty-two percent of American-born Hispanics disapprove of President Obama’s executive actions to prevent the deportation of illegal immigrants.

So while Trump has been incendiary, his message has nonetheless resonated with a significant share of Hispanic voters. It’s no surprise that immigrants who played by the rules disapprove of people who don’t.

With Trump on the wane, the GOP should pluck the good from his immigration stand and propose specific reforms.

As Trump has suggested, border enforcement should be a primary goal. Trump’s signature proposal, after all, is a wall along the Mexican border with “a big, beautiful door . . . so that people can come into this country legally.”

The GOP should fill in the details. For example, they need a strategy for finding and holding accountable immigrants who remain in the country longer than the law allows. Systems such as biometric exit points, which would track visitors through their fingerprints or photographs, could help ensure that the person leaving the country is the same one who entered.

Trump has also said that after deporting undocumented workers — who make up 5 percent of the U.S. labor force — he’d be willing to “invit[e] the good ones back.”

It’d be cheaper and more effective to skip the mass deportations and simply grant temporary work permits to certain illegal immigrants who pass a rigorous qualification process. These individuals would need to learn English, pay hefty monetary penalties for having violated the law, and pass a thorough background check.

The GOP should reject Trump’s hateful rhetoric while prioritizing serious immigration reform. That strategy will drive voters of all stripes, including Hispanics, to the polls next November.

Yuri Vanetik is a Lincoln Fellow at the Claremont Institute and serves on the national board of Gen Next and the Gen Next Foundation. Thomas Tucker is the co-founder of The New Majority.

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – – WTCI-PBS and the Chattanooga Times Free Press will host a Republican primary Congressional debate for the citizens of the 3rd Congressional District.  Congressman Chuck Fleischmann and the Republican primary challenger, Weston Wamp, have agreed to participate in a debate on July 2nd, 2014 at the WTCI studio at 7540 Bonnyshire Drive.  Dave Flessner, Chattanooga Times Free Press Business Editor, will moderate the debate.

Viewers can watch the debate broadcast on Wednesday, July 2nd at 8pm on WTCI or streaming at wtciTV.org and timesfreepress.com.

“We’re grateful the candidates have agreed to participate in this debate. It’s our mission to inform viewers about the issues that matter in their lives, and we believe the community’s daily newspaper and the community’s PBS station are a perfect fit in making this a reality,” says Paul Grove, President and CEO of WTCI.

Alison Gerber, Times Free Press Editor, adds “We’re all aware of the ways social media has changed public engagement, and we’re asking the public to collaborate with us to make this debate even better.”  

WTCI and the Times Free Press are looking forward to hosting a second debate after the primary election. All eligible candidates will be invited to participate in a general election debate as the November election approaches.

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Demócratas y Republicanos reaccionan al discurso del presidente Obama

Reacción de la Presidenta del Comité Nacional Demócrata Debbie Wasserman Schultz al discurso del Estado de la Unión del 2014 del presidente Barack Obama

 Washington, DC – La siguiente es una reacción de la Presidenta del Comité Nacional Demócrata, Debbie Wasserman Schultz al discurso del Estado de la Unión del 2014 del presidente Obama:

 “Esta noche durante su discurso, el presidente Obama  introdujo una visión democrática para el futuro de los Estados Unidos que está definida por la oportunidad, la acción y el optimismo. El presidente Obama dejó claro que quiere trabajar junto con el Congreso para crear más oportunidades para los estadounidenses de una manera bipartidista. Pero también aclaró que usará otras herramientas y aliados para asegurar que hagamos los cambios necesarios para ayudar a más estadounidenses a accesar la clase media.”

 “La orden ejecutiva que el presidente anunció que va a incrementar el salario mínimo para nuevos contratos federales es solo un ejemplo. Pero necesitamos hacer más, el Congreso debe actuar para incrementar el salario mínimo  y ayudar a sacar a casi 5 millones de estadounidenses de la pobreza. Deberían de extender los beneficios de desempleo para más de un millón de estadounidenses que perdieron esta seguridad después que los republicanos dejaron que los beneficios expiraran. Y es hora de pasar una reforma migratoria que incluya una vía a la ciudadanía para millones de inmigrantes que están atrapados en un sistema roto.”

 “Esta noche el Presidente reafirmó su convicción que en los Estados Unidos quién trabaja duro y sigue las reglas, debería de tener la oportunidad de triunfar y alcanzar el éxito. Es una convicción en la que los demócratas y la mayoría de los estadounidenses creen profundamente y es hora que los republicanos en el Congreso dejen a un lado el obstruccionismo y se unan al presidente para asegurarse que nuestra economía funcione mejor y ayude a los estadounidenses a alcanzar la clase media.”


RNC Response to State of the Union

Chairman Priebus issued a call for fairness and for accountability in government.

See the transcript below and watch the response here.


Good evening. I’m RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Tonight, we heard the same old promises from President Obama. Promises for a better economy. Promises for better healthcare. Promises for a better government.

But after five years of promises, what do we have to show for it?

There are more Americans living in poverty than ever before.

People are giving up on looking for work.

Incomes have fallen.

And under ObamaCare, healthcare has actually gotten far more expensive. Five million Americans have received notices that their insurance is cancelled.

Now that’s not fair. It’s not fair that Americans lost insurance they liked because the president lied to them. Now, not only are people losing their insurance, they’re losing their doctors too.

We deserve a government that treats people fairly—and lets people make decisions that are right for them.

As Republicans, we believe in putting individuals in charge. It’s time we put power in the hands of people—not in the hands of a big and intrusive bureaucratic government.

We believe in a pretty simple idea. We want every American to have the chance to make it in this country. Whatever your American Dream is, we want you to have the opportunity to achieve it.

So that means we need great schools. And parents should be able to choose the school that’s right for their kids.

And it means we need a healthcare system that’s more affordable and accessible—and not run by bureaucrats.

We’ve tried the Democrats’ way. And we all know it’s just not working.

Their way means fewer choices in healthcare.

It means fewer choices in education.

And it means fewer choices in the job market.

None of that’s fair to the American people. But it’s what Democratic leadership has produced.

So there’s only way one to change course. This November, Americans will once again go to the polls to elect leaders at all levels of government. And it will be our chance to cast a vote for fairness, opportunity, and freedom. It will be our chance to vote Republican.

Thank you – and God Bless you.

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Numbers and numbers… more numbers


–California had the largest Hispanic population of any state on July 1, 2012 (14.5 million), as well as the largest numeric increase within the Hispanic population since July 1, 2011 (232,000). New Mexico had the highest percentage of Hispanics at 47.0 percent.

–Los Angeles County had the largest Hispanic population of any county (4.8 million) in 2012 and the largest numeric increase since 2011 (55,000). Starr County — on the Mexican border in Texas — had the highest share of Hispanics (95.6 percent).

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Tennessee Voters Support Senate Immigration Bill 3-to-1!

By Eben Cathey [eben@tnimmigrant.org]

Nashville – According to the results of Harper Polling, an independent polling firm, over three-fourths of Tennessee voters support a pathway to citizenship for undocumented workers and families already here. Over three-fourths also think the bill currently in Congress is tough but fair, and want Senators Alexander and Corker to support it.

The poll offered several questions relating to immigration reform, including “How important is it that the U.S. fix its immigration system this year?” to which 91% of respondents answered “important” (71%) to “somewhat important” (20%). Tennesseans overwhelmingly showed support for an earned pathway to citizenship if undocumented immigrants meet certain requirements, with 77% of respondents showing “strong” (46%) to “somewhat” (31%) support for a legalization process that includes citizenship. The bill is being considered and debated today on the floor of the US Senate.

The following is a statement from Stephen Fotopulos, the Executive Director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition:

“The will of Tennessee voters is clear. We want Congress to do its job, make sense of our immigration laws this year, and finally bring order to the system. Undocumented immigrants are already in our state working hard and raising families, just waiting for the chance to get in line and on the books, and start the long, tough path to citizenship.”

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A word from Maya Angelou

I am not writing to you as a black voter, or a woman voter, or as a voter who is over 70 years old and six feet tall. I am writing to you as a representative of this great country — as an American.

It is your job to vote. It is your responsibility, your right, and your privilege. You may be pretty or plain, heavy or thin, gay or straight, poor or rich.

But remember this: In an election, every voice is equally powerful — don’t underestimate your vote. Voting is the great equalizer.


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“Estamos Unidos” con President Obama

Each year, approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from American high schools. While many hope to pursue higher education, join the military, or enter the workforce, their lack of legal status places those dreams in jeopardy and exposes them to deportation. Over the last decade, there has been growing bipartisan consensus that Congress should provide legal immigration status for young adults who came to the country as children and graduated from American high schools.

Since 2001, when the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act was first introduced as bipartisan legislation, its main provision—providing permanent resident status (i.e. a “green card”) upon completion of two years of college or service in the military—has held out hopes of a lasting solution for these young people. As the current political environment has become more polarized, bipartisan support for the DREAM Act has waned. Recently, however, more narrow proposals have circulated that either restrict eligibility for permanent residency to a smaller group of young people or offer no dedicated path to permanent residency (and, eventually, U.S. citizenship).

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