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Friday, October 21, 2016

Donald Trump is still a birther.

It’s important to point this out because that’s how Trump, as he often refers to himself, first demagogued his way to prominence in the Republican Party, after decades of pretending to run for president with no major political party taking him seriously. Trump became so popular with the conservative base in 2012 that the eventual GOP nominee, Mitt Romney, stood on stage to gratefully accept the billionaire’s endorsement.

Do you remember all the evidence that Trump had that our president wasn’t a citizen?

There was Obama’s skin color. And Obama’s hair. And don’t forget Obama’s name! What relevance did this ridiculous fantasy hold to a nation struggling with the worst economic crisis in half a century? None, unless you value titillating racists and delegitimizing the first black president, which leads us to Trump’s current “campaign.”

The GOP frontrunner’s xenophobic bashing of Mexico stinks of the same sort of free-floating, evidence-free, birther-style race baiting that appeals to guys like Lou Brudnock, 71, who attended the anti-immigrant rally Trump hosted with fellow birther Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Phoenix on Saturday.

“This country today is sad, sad, sad,” Brudnock told the Washington Post. “You can’t say anything or they call you ‘a racist.’ It’s like we’re back in Nazi Germany. But look around, man. It’s people here reading and listening to his message.”

Those who think the big problem in Nazi Germany was that one couldn’t appear to be a racist are doomed to think Donald Trump is a serious candidate for president.

Of course, immigration is a serious issue, but not for any of the reasons trumpeted by Trump.

The undocumented population from Mexico has declined from its George W. Bush-era peak. And that, combined with crime being at its lowest rate since 1978, presents a real opportunity to pass reform that benefits our economy. We could then focus law enforcement on policing and deporting actual criminals, not millions of law-abiding immigrants.

These facts haven’t gotten through to people like Brudnock, who see the rise of the Latino population as the same type of existential threat that nativists saw from the explosion of Irish immigration in the 1850s. That’s why we’re hearing anecdotal cases of crime and disease that are undeniably disturbing. But these glaring aberrations are completely alien to the reality most Americans face. Still, a few gripping stories can form the basis for slurs that demonize millions — and damage any hope Republicans had for reaching out to minorities.

So while a Donald Trump nomination would likely guarantee a 2016 Democratic victory and thus improve the future of our republic, he’s still destructive to a national conversation we need to have.

Our immigration crisis is that we can’t and shouldn’t deport more than 10 million people. Even serious Republicans, if you can find them, admit that. Likewise, we can’t get rid of Donald Trump, who I assume is a citizen though I’ve never held his long-form birth certificate in my hand. But here are five reasons we’d be better off if we could.

1. People like Trump crashed our economy.
Immigrants didn’t issue millions of bad mortgages, bundle them and then sell them to suckers, leading to the loss of trillions in wealth and 8 million jobs. Speculators like Donald Trump did. And though the richest were among those who helped engineer the crash, they’re also among the very few Americans who are soaking up the gains of the recovery.

Our nation’s greatest economic problem is income inequality. It’s slowing our growth, depressing our economic mobility, and corrupting our democracy. The idea that the rich know best for America has resulted in one thing: The richest getting richer.

That’s the point of Donald Trump’s candidacy and the goal of the Republican Party. And it’s wrecking our middle class.

2. People like Trump are polarizing our government.
Republicans told themselves to pass immigration reform after losing in 2012. When a bipartisan bill passed the Senate — a bill that would have doubled the number of border patrol agents — the House GOP refused to vote on it. Instead they voted to deport law-abiding undocumented immigrants, over and over.

Why? The House GOP does not need to win one Latino vote to keep its majority. And while Latinos care about far more than immigration, the issue is hugely consequential and symbolic, as it shows whether your outstretched hand is open to new Americans, or making a fist.

For decades Republicans have used racial resentment to win elections and gut the policies that built the middle class. Now they need minorities to win the White House, and the seeds of distrust and division they’ve planted have grown into vines that threaten to strangle the party itself, the same way they have cut off all air to reform.

3. Unlike Trump, immigrants have every interest in steering clear of wrongdoing.
Every murder is a tragedy, but Trump’s attempt to turn Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez into a new Willie Horton betrays a cynical dismissal of reality that rises on a pungent cloud of xenophobia and opportunism.

“We know that as a group, immigrants are actually much less likely to commit crimes than native-born Americans,” Paul Waldman wrote in the Washington Post.

The logic is pretty simple. Immigrants come here to work to support themselves and their families. Going to jail or back to Mexico screws this plan up. Avoiding law enforcement is the goal, to the point that crimes against the undocumented often go unreported, to avoid the risk of deportation. The exploitation of those in the shadows by criminals and employers is one huge reason that humanitarian groups and the Catholic Church support reform.

Trump, in an effort to seem less racist, argues that Mexico is capriciously sending criminals north. As if saying, “Not all Mexicans are rapists, just the ones in America” is any less offensive. And while his racist invective definitely has an audience, it’s likely to be less effective than George H.W. Bush’s Willie Horton attacks for a simple reason: Violent crime was actually spiking in the late 1980s, and Republicans didn’t need minority votes to take the White House.

While undocumented immigrants have every reason to avoid gamy interests and multifarious questionable practices, we can’t say the same for Trump.

4. Immigration reform will extend the life of Social Security.
Donald Trump could help extend the life of America’s retirement guarantee by arguing that people like him who have benefited the most from America should pay into Social Security on all their income, the way the middle class does.

Since the current Republican Party exists to make sure rich people don’t pay taxes, this simple fix to the country’s most invaluable social program isn’t likely. But the Senate passed a bill in 2013 that could have extended Social Security — immigration reform.

“Here’s how the math works,” The Daily Beast’s Eleanor Clift wrote. “Five percent of the U.S. workforce is undocumented, which is some 8.1 million people. Thirty-eight percent of the 8.1 million pay Social Security taxes, which comes to roughly $12 billion a year, according to CAP estimates. That’s a pretty nice cushion for a graying America.”

This is a common-sense way to keep the program going without asking America’s hardest-working people to work even longer.

5. Immigrants can help solve our biggest economic problems.
Given that President Obama has led the longest private sector expansion in American history—which has seen the unemployment rate cut faster and more dramatically than even Mitt Romney promised, as we’re on pace for the second-highest number of jobs ever created in one president’s term—Republicans have to find other numbers to whine about. Their current fixation is the labor force participation rate. It is falling, as it has for decades, mostly because those pesky Baby Boomers actually thought we were serious when we said Americans should be able to retire.

I know Republicans just like to complain instead of trying to solve problems. But if they really want to increase labor force participation, immigration reform is the way to do it. Immigrants have showed a higher labor participation rate recently, and could help replace — and support — the legions of retiring Americans.

Forcing all workers to join in a legal labor market, where they can’t be exploited, would also help to address our second biggest problem: stagnant wages. Immigrants have already raised wages for American workers between 0.1 and 0.6 percent. And with these workers invited to participate in and contribute to our economy, they can advance the efforts to raise salaries through a higher minimum wage and a new overtime threshold that will pay millions of Americans more for work they’re already doing.

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  • bobnstuff

    Can we deport Trump and keep the Mexicans? Mr. Trumps lack of facts and out right lies is a true wonder. That people believe him is sad proof that our education system has failed. It’s a sad day for our country when the bigger the lie the more followers you have.

    • JPHALL

      They prefer the lies because they then do not have to think.

      • joe schmo

        Sounds like liberals. They just can’t believe they are communists….. Go figure Why not take those wires off of your eyes for a change. ILLEGAL immigration needs to change. Anyone not here 10+ years needs a working visa. The others need to stand in line and pay the back taxes while they were here. My parents were LEGAL immigrants and had to pay to come into the country and have PROOF that they had finished HS and that they had money in a bank account.

        • JPHALL

          Congratulations to them. You must be so proud. They on the other hand must be ashamed of their lying and hateful progeny. How are you and yours going to secure the border? Walls do not work. Ask “El Chapo”. No one ever has been able to secure their borders on such a scale, even dictatorships. What are you going to do with over 11 million people beside talk them to death and boredom? Tell Congress to do its job and pass Legislation to deal with the problem. Go back to arresting illegals on the job and fine those who hire them. Stop all the rhetoric and do something positive. Subject: Re: Comment on 5 Reasons America Needs Immigrants More Than It Needs Donald Trump

          • Allan Richardson

            Don’t just FINE those who hire them, send them to JAIL. And I don’t mean the HR clerk who accepts their applications to work, as instructed by company policy or “whispered rules.” I mean the CEO or CFO who MADE those rules. A fine is just cost of doing business. Prison time is the cost of RUNNING A BAD business.

          • JPHALL

            Sounds great to me, but it will never happen. Too much money is involved. Subject: Re: Comment on 5 Reasons America Needs Immigrants More Than It Needs Donald Trump

        • dpaano

          Such intelligence…..apparently, you don’t realize that these individuals DO pay taxes; i.e., sales tax, gas tax, etc., and if they work, they pay into Social Security. So, why do they need to pay back taxes? Sure, they can pay back IRS taxes, if owed, but most of them don’t make enough to HAVE to pay taxes on their meager salaries.

  • Grannysmovin

    When will someone ask Trump and the other candidates, which Democrats should be shouting from the roof tops, that in 2013 the Senate passed a bi-partisan immigration reform bill (68-32) and Boehner refused to put it on the floor for a vote. Or ask Trump and the rest of the Republican candidates about Boehner’s Press conference on 7/8/13 where he said: “I’ve made it clear and I’ll make it clear again, the House does not intend to take up the Senate bill,” Boehner said Monday. “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.” He added, “It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.”
    Read more:
    Maybe if the House had done it’s job, there would have been a immigration reform bill passed and put into practice.

    • paulyz

      Because that “reform” bill didn’t guarantee any stopping of Illegal entry, it guaranteed Amnesty first though, with only “promises” of enforcement. Had they really wanted an immigration bill passed, they had 7 years to deal with the enforcement measures, and we have seen clearly how that went.

      • Grannysmovin

        Did you see the bill and read the bill? Per Boehner: “The House is going to do its own job in developing an immigration bill.” He added, “It is time for Congress to act. But I believe the House has its job to do, and we will do our job.” So if they did not like the bi-partisan Senate bill why did they not propose changes or submit their own? Have a nice day.

        • paulyz

          They wa nt a bill that accomplishes what most Americans want first, a fully secure border & mandatory E-verify, because without that in place, these serious problems of Illegal Trespassing will continue and grow.

          • Grannysmovin

            Than why didn’t Boehner and the boys submit a bill that would secure the border?

          • Independent1

            Oh! come on !! Grow up!! You really don’t seriously believe that the southern border could ever be “fully secure”?? Do you? You can’t really be THAT STUPID?? ARE YOU?? ONLY A TOTAL MORON WOULD EVER BELIEVE SUCH A THING!!

            You’re using that ridiculous notion just to keep on refusing to do anything about immigration reform. Anyone who truly believes any nation could do what you’re suggesting is clearly TOO STUPID TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY ABOUT ANYTHING!!

            Why don’t you just go back and play in your sandbox!! That’s about the intelligence you clearly have!!!!!!!!

  • Carolyn1520

    None of the GOP “game show” contestants, really think they have a shot of winning. Maybe Trump does, because he’s legend in his own mind, rather than the caricature most people think he is. However, they all get exposure and hope their names stay on someone lips so they have a chance at some point in the future to win something.
    Each has likely looked at the others who declared before them and thought, if these losers think they have a shot, then I certainly do.
    If this wasn’t such serious business, it would be good comedy but that the GOP is making such a farce of it only proves how far they are from reality.

    • plc97477

      cruz is also a legend in his own mind. The two of them should make for some great entertainment.

      • Well, not in the white house if I can help it. Clowns and comedians are great entertainment.. Politicians are nothing more than stagnant depressives dressed as clowns.

    • JameSon

      Cruz and a couple others are only sucking up to Trump because they know he is at the top of the polls. They are hoping if Trump wins they will be rewarded by being appointed to high positions in the administration. Cruz is looking to be selected for VP.

  • pmbalele

    You see one Repub you see them all. Trump is not the only Repub to say so. In 2012 election we had Herman Cain who wanted to put an electric fence to kill immigrants. In Wisconsin we have Walker who thinks people in Wisconsin are like ISIS. Atkin said a raped woman is his god-send. In 2012 GOP convention in Florida Repubs said in unison they would let a woman die of cancer if she did not have insurance. Trump is saying what is true GOP sees about other human beings-trash.

  • ram1020

    The benefit of #4 goes away when they qualify for benefits. I think the author missed Eleanor Clift’s point.

  • FT66

    As we say in Maths: “leave pie as pie, don’t integrate it to (twenty one over seven). We should all also leave Trump as Trump. In the end the equation will solve itself.

  • disqus_Cc20uRF6eN

    Great job Natl. Memo……PROTECT the wetback illegals at any and all COST

  • When the author refers to “law-abiding undocumented workers” I wonder if he understands the irony. “Undocumented”, the PC preferred term for people who broke our laws to get here, are not “law abiding”. People who are willing to break the laws they disagree with are not “law abiding”.

    But..but..they just came here to find work!

    Okay, try breaking into the White House. When you get caught, tell them you only wanted to work there. I’m sure they’ll give you a job.

    • “People who are willing to break the laws they disagree with are not “law abiding’..”
      So, in a nut shell your telling us that Americans are also criminal because some of us refused to accept the marijuana law and smoked anyway and others are criminal because they insist on combining religion with politics. Interesting.. Also interesting is:
      ““Five percent of the U.S. workforce is undocumented, which is some 8.1
      million people. Thirty-eight percent of the 8.1 million pay Social
      Security taxes, which comes to roughly $12 billion a year, according to
      CAP estimates.”
      … Pretty good numbers BUT by their CAP estimates, 62% will skate on those obligations thus in 20 – 30 years (by my estimates) 100% of those new retirees will be expecting their S.S. entitlements or one of the other varied programs that’s associated with S.S. thus their 38% participation will be temporary at best unless of course we continue to accept our neighbors from the south which will eventually create it’s own problems.
      I’m not a fan of the Trumpster but I have had extended math training.

      • Allan Richardson

        If all these illegal workers are paying social security taxes (presumably on someone else’s account), aren’t THEY the ones being cheated? Won’t some other person who actually owns that number get more money when THEY retire?

        • Actually no because that’s not the way the system works unless the recipient had never worked (such as a housewife) and at her retirement she would see a bare minimum amount and a worker wouldn’t see more because of how S.S. determines payments but for sure the immigrant would be left out in the cold however not many would be willing to work a job for 20 – 30 years for peanuts so after they got on their feet they’d most likely move on thus not suffer the fate of the lifer..

    • Matt

      Have you ever gone above the speed limit?

  • paulyz

    The National Memo can never differenciate between Immigration & ILLEGAL Trespassing. The attempt at yet another “comprehensive ” (reform), which only grants Amnesty but never enforces the Law, is only for politics & doesn’t solve anything. We have Illegal immigration Laws on the books for decades, ENFORCE them!

    • Dominick Vila

      Immigration law reform does not have to include amnesty. In fact, it shouldn’t. There are two separate and distinct issues associated with the illegal immigration problem: (1) finding a solution dealing with the status of immigrants already in the country; and (2) find a long term solution to eliminate the need for people to enter the USA illegally because the current system does not reflect our labor needs and it is too cumbersome and slow.
      I support Sen. McCain’s “Guest Worker Program” proposal. Largely because it does not reward those who have broken our laws, provides our business community with the semi-skilled labor it needs to grow and profit, and because Reagan style amnesty only encourages more people to enter the USA illegally knowing that they will eventually get a pardon…and a path to citizenship.

      • paulyz

        But the only trouble with that approach is once a “comprehensive” reform bill is law, the enforcement measures are not implemented, as we have seen several times. Most Conservatives would gladly deal with these other issues once the border is actually fully secured, & mandatory E-verify is in place, as well as stopping & tracking people that illegally overstayed their visas. Now we must pass yet another law because of non-enforcement of previous immigration laws, and that is Kate’s Law, which won’t be effective until we really fully secure the border. If the President or Congress really wanted to solve this mess, they have had years to do this, but it’s all political now.

        Another point is we already have many unemployed STEM Workers plus Millions of other unemployed workers, to absorb large numbers of new Guest Workers. Once again, had the borders been secured & E-verify, this issue could be discussed further. As for the Simpson-Mazolli Act that was a (one-time) supposedly final Amnesty, was once the Amnesty was granted, the enforcement measures were ignored. Back in 1986, the problem could had been easily solved.

        Glad to hear you discuss this issue thoughtfully though.

        • Independent1

          Your whole article is as usual total hogwash. Even the right-wing think tanks know full well that illegal immigrants ARE NOT taking American jobs, in fact they’re CREATING THEM. Only totally ignorant, uneducated posters such as yourself would even believe such a thing!!!!!!!!

          See this from the National Journal:

          Left and Right Agree: Immigrants Don’t Take American Jobs

          March 22, 2013 As Congress considers immigration reform, experts across the political spectrum say American jobs are safe.

          That immigrants take the jobs of American-born citizens is “something that virtually no learned person believes in,” Alex Nowrasteh, an immigration expert at the libertarian Cato Institute, said at a Thursday panel. “It’s sort of a silly thing.”

          Most economists don’t find immigrants driving down wages or jobs, the Brookings Institution’sMichael Greenstone and Adam Looney wrote in May. In fact, “on average, immigrant workers increase the opportunities and incomes of Americans,” they write. Foreign-born workers don’t affect the employment rate positively or negatively, according to a 2011 analysis from the conservative American Enterprise Institute. And a study released Wednesday by the liberal Center for American Progress suggests that granting legal status to undocumented workers might even create jobs.

          The CAP study, led by the visiting head of the Washington College economics department, sought to predict what would happen under immigration reform. The researchers considered a handful of scenarios. In each, it was presumed that the nation’s 11 million undocumented immigrants would be immediately granted legal status. They then looked at the effect of those undocumented immigrants not being granted citizenship at all over a decade, getting it immediately, or getting it in five years.

          Legal status alone would lead to the creation of 121,000 extra jobs annually over the next 10 years, they found. Getting citizenship within five years would increase that to 159,000 jobs per year. And receiving both legal status and citizenship this year would create an extra 203,000 jobs annually.

      • Independent1

        Along with Americans being misguided in voting for politicians who pass legislation that’s against their best interest, is that the vast majority of Americans don’t understand that unless immigration reform creates a “Guest Worker Program” such as you mentioned in your post, getting tough with Americans running companies that utilize illegal immigrants could be devastating to the American economy.

        What the vast majority of Americans fail to understand, is that a lot of American companies are in business today ONLY BECAUSE of the willingness of immigrants, especially illegals, to work for dirt cheap wages. If these companies had to pay native-Americans to harvest their crops or do the grunt work needed to provide the products they make or services they provide, their products and services would not be affordable to middleclass Americans; and therefore, their companies would go bankrupt. Their businesses would not be worth running.

        There’s an excerpt below from an article published by that gives a classic example of this in discussing how critical cheap labor is to even growing strawberries. But all one has to do is extrapolate this to many other businesses to see just how critical, immigrants, including illegals are to our current economy. What’s unfortunate is that Republicans, who are supposed to be ‘business friendly’ can’t seem to see how they’re holding back many businesses by not addressing immigration reform; America really needs that Guest Worker Program that would encourage immigrants who are wiling to work for lower wages to come to America LEGALLY!!

        An excerpt from WriterBeat.Com:

        The economic importance of illegal immigrants

        During some immigration related television interview I once heard a farmer say “In my thirty years I’ve never left fruit on the vine.” What he means is that without access to cheap labor, the cost to remove the strawberries is greater than the value of strawberries. What alternative does he have than to leave the fruit on the vine?

        If those strawberries had to be picked by legal residents the cost of picking them would skyrocket. If the cost skyrocketed we probably wouldn’t be the world’s leader in strawberry production as we are now (Top 5 Strawberry Producing Countries). In being the world’s leader, there are many high paying jobs in the strawberry industry that legal residents fill such as trucking, marketing, management, sales, warehousing, etc. Not to mention the economic benefits we receive when we export strawberries versus if we had to import strawberries. All of this is made possible thanks to the strawberry industry’s access to cheap labor. And don’t for one second think the strawberry industry is the only industry which depends on illegal immigrants for its existence.

        Furthermore, because illegal immigrants work for less, the products and services we consume are cheaper. That means we all enjoy a higher standard of living than if we didn’t have access to their labor.

        • Dominick Vila

          The positive impact of illegal immigration, and the availability of cheap labor in sectors such as agriculture, hospitality, and construction. are hard to quantify. In addition to being a major contributing factor to low inflation, which translates to cheaper products and services for all Americans, illegal immigrants do work that most of us refuse to do. The latter has nothing to do with being lazy. The education level of most Americans has risen to the point that doing semi-skilled work is simply inconsistent with our professional expectations.
          I suspect that most politicians are well aware of the impact that mass deportation would have on the U.S. economy, and our already negative trade imbalance. That’s the reason they promote longer and higher fences, and a discriminatory e-Verify for Hispanics-Latinos akin to the Star of David in the Third Reich era, instead of pursuing effective solutions by modifying our current immigration laws. The last thing our business community – and their representatives in Congress – want is a solution that legitimizes the status of illegal immigrants, even without a path to citizenship, because they know that would lead to higher wages, better benefits, lower profits…and higher revenues for the Federal government!

          • Independent1

            What continues to puzzle me, is how people who are supposedly intelligent enough to have accumulated great wealth, are so clueless that they can’t see that the income inequality in America is rapidly approaching the point of diminishing returns – for them.

            The top 20% of Americans have already garnered, and in some cases actually parked overseas, so much of our country’s income and wealth (95% of it) that it can’t be long before at least some of those in the top 20% are going to start seeing reduced income growth; simply because they’ve sucked so much of the wealth from the bottom 80%, that those who are really the true drivers of our economy (the bottom 80%) will not have enough money to spend to keep the top 20%’s businesses profitable.

            How can supposedly intelligent business people not see that it’s when the bottom 80% is doing well, that the entire country does well. Why can’t supposedly smart business people realize that like in Europe, where in many places the minimum wage is $12/hour, so that even those on the bottom end of the pay scale have enough money to live reasonably well, that outlets there like McDonald’s are actually more profitable than they are here in America? And why, because even the McDonald’s workers can afford to order items that are more profitable rather than like here in America, generally having to order off what was the dollar menu which generally includes items with very little profit margin – if any.

          • Dominick Vila

            This is especially true in a consumer-oriented economy such as ours, where high disposable incomes are the key

            to high sales and profits.

            The effectiveness of the disinformation campaigns launched since the Reagan era cannot be under estimated. You know we are in trouble when blue collar workers support moving operations to right to work for less states, when people oppose raising the minimum wage, and when so many people consider social programs that help them and their children a manifestation of evil.

          • Independent1

            It’s unfortunate that blue collar workers, like so many others,
            allowed themselves to be hoodwinked into this ‘right-to-pay-you-less’ nonsense; because it’s a lot more than pay-you-less. It’s also give-you-less-work-hours so we can get away without giving you benefits too.

            One study shows that right-to-work states have far more companies forcing workers into 30 hour work weeks where they can get away without giving them any benefits; and the average hourly salaries are 16-23% lower in rtw states.

            Just looking at Wisconsin and Minnesota, where Mark Dayton has turned around a 6 billion in debt state to the state with the 5th lowest unemployment rate of 3.6%; while Scott Walker has dropped Wisconsin to 45th in the nation in job creation while destroying unions; Minnesotans now have average incomes that are now $9,000/yr higher than people in Wisconsin.

          • Matt

            Because the disastrous policies that they enact won’t catch up to them until after they’re dead. See also: Global Warming.

          • CPAinNewYork

            The most effective solution is to bar the undesirables from Mexico and Latin America in general from entering the United Ststes.

  • Ekpe

    Why are people worried about Trump? I think he is delibratelly taunting those opposed his views. He knows he is not going to get a nomination, let alone win an election. He wants all the attention he can get, and he does that through the outrageous things he says. That is what I think

    • joe schmo

      🙂 We’ll see…… LOL

  • Godzilla

    16 Reasons Donald Trump is not wrong on immigration:
    1. The border is extremely porous: The United Nations reported that 97 percent of the illegal immigrants who enter the U.S. clandestinely do so across the nearly 2,000-mile Mexican border, but only 20 percent of those who cross illegally are caught.
    2. Illegal immigrants do bring crime: Of the 61,529 criminal cases initiated by federal prosecutors in 2013, more than 40 percent were filed in court districts neighboring the border. Nearly 22 percent were drug-related, 19.7 percent were violent crimes, and 10.2 percent involved white-collar offenses.
    3. Immigrants are killing Americans: According to the Center for Immigration Studies, 57 percent of the 76 fugitive murderers wanted by the FBI in 2009 were foreign-born. The Center also disclosed that in Maricopa County in Arizona, 22 percent of felons are illegal immigrants.
    4. Illegal immigrants pose a danger on the roads: About 4.5 million illegal aliens in the U.S. drive on a regular basis, many without licenses or insurance or even the ability to read road signs written in English, The New York Times reported. In Arizona, 63 percent of cited drivers have no license, no insurance, and no registration for the vehicle, and 97 percent of them are illegal aliens.
    5. Statistics back up Trump’s charge that illegals bring drugs: In Pinal County, Ariz., about 70 miles from the Mexican border, Sheriff Paul Babeu said marijuana seizures went from about 19,000 pounds in 2008 to more than 45,500 pounds in 2010.
    6. Many immigrants entering the country illegally have a criminal record in the U.S.: In 2010, the Border Patrol reported that 212,000 illegals were caught in the Tucson, Ariz., sector alone, and as many as 30 percent of them already had a criminal record in the U.S.
    7. Many illegal alien convicts have been arrested multiple times: A Government Accountability Office study of 55,000 illegal aliens found that they were arrested at least 459,614 times, averaging about eight arrests per alien. About one-quarter of them had 11 or more arrests.
    8. Deportation of illegal immigrants doesn’t keep them out of the country: Due to the wide-open Mexican border, the number of people prosecuted for coming into the country illegally after being deported has increased by 175 percent since 2005, according to a report cited by the Constitution Party website. The illegal alien recently accused of randomly murdering a woman in San Francisco had previously been deported five times.
    9. The Mexican border is being used by illegals from other countries: Arrests by the Border Patrol of illegals from countries other than Mexico, particularly from Central America, increased from 59,000 in 2010 to 99,000 in 2012.
    10. Immigrants are filling U.S. jails: One quarter of all inmates in California detention centers are Mexican nationals, as are 40 percent of inmates in Arizona and 48 percent in New Mexico. And 75 percent of those on the most wanted criminals list in Los Angeles, Phoenix, and Albuquerque are illegal aliens.
    11. Illegals do include “rapists,” as Trump charged: Among many examples, an undocumented alien was arrested in Baltimore for raping a 9-year-old girl. In Austin, Texas, police arrested two Mexican nationals who allegedly participated in the gang rape of a 13-year girl in June. As many as 13 men took part, and some filmed the crime on their cell phones. Earlier this year an illegal alien from Mexico admitted in court that he raped a 12-year-old girl.
    12. Prominent figures agree with Trump on the dangers of illegal immigration: Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani told MSNBC that while most people who cross the border come for economic reasons, “hidden with them, because they’re coming across unchecked, are people who rape, murder people, kill people and are terrorists.”
    13. Ordinary Americans agree with Trump as well: According to Rasmussen Reports, 63 percent of Americans want the U.S. to gain control of the border. A recent CNN national survey found that of the announced Republican candidates, Trump placed second only to Jeb Bush. And Bill Kristol, founder and editor of The Weekly Standard, said Trump “is an outsider who was saying some things that the establishment doesn’t want to hear, that is resonating with voters.”
    14. Relatives of victims know that Trump is right: The mother of a teenager who was murdered by an illegal immigrant gang member, Army Sgt. Anita Shaw, praised Trump for “trying to do something about a failed immigration system.”
    15. Even wealthy Mexicans agree with Trump: Reuben Navarette Jr. writes in The Daily Beast that Mexico’s elite, despite displaying “outrage” at Trump’s comments, often speak in the same manner at high-end golf courses and banquets.
    16. The Pew Research Center estimated that there are nearly 12 million illegal aliens in the nation — and the key word is “estimated.”

    • paulyz

      Thank you for all your facts on ILLEGAL “immigration, which Liberals lump all together under IMMIGRATION, then using terms like anti-immigrant to squelch intelligent discussion on this serious issue concerning ALL Americans & LEGAL Immigrants.

    • Independent1

      And one more GOP sheeple buys into all those lies and distortions of the truth published on those right-wing propanda sites!! Virtually everything you posted is a distortion of the truth, a fabrication or reality, or an an outright lie!!

      You really need to stop feeding off those on-line right-wing websites that are nothing by LYING MACHINES!!!!!!!!!

    • Independent1

      Even Rupert Murdoch knows that what you just published is nothing but right-wing lying propaganda.

      See this from NEWSMAX:

      Conservative media mogul Rupert Murdoch called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on Twitter Sunday, saying the real estate mogul is wrong to say Mexican immigrants – or any immigrants – commit more crime than legal residents.

      Mexican immigrants, as with all immigrants, have much lower crime rates than native born. Eg El Paso safest city in U.S. Trump wrong.

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  • Pephraim

    We need Trump. We don’t need illegal immigration. Trump never said all immigration was wrong. He is wrong on birtherism, right on immigration. Allowing illegal immigrants and a non citizens to vote in our elections is a breaking of the law. It is corrupting our democracy. Even some legal immigrants, with green card, cannot vote. Only citizens can. And please note, there is no such thing as law-abiding undocumented immigrants. Every illegal immigrant is a law breaker. He has violated the Immigration Act of the United States.

    Immigration and Nationality Act: ACT 277 – AIDING OR

    Sec. 277. [8 U.S.C. 1327] Any person who knowingly aids or assists any alien inadmissible under section 212(a)(2) (insofar as an alien inadmissible under such section has been convicted of an aggravated felony) or 212(a)(3) (other than subparagraph (E) thereof) to enter the United States, or who connives or conspires with any person or persons to allow, procure, or permit any such alien to enter the
    United States, shall be fined under title 18, United States Code, or imprisoned
    not more than 10 years, or both.

    • Allan Richardson

      What documentation do you have that ANY illegally present non-citizens have actually voted? The only thing that has been offered is allegation without proof that someone knows someone whose brother-in-law once knew someone who saw some “secret list” or something similar to Joseph McCarthy’s “list of known communists in the State Department, or [fill in the blank]” which was always cited but never produced as evidence. On the other hand, there have been thousands of LEGAL American CITIZENS who have been denied votes because they did not have the money to obtain documentation to get a new form of ID. All immigrants, currently legal or not, are willing to wait until suffrage is granted via citizenship before trying to vote.

      I’ll spot you on the technicality that undocumented immigrants have violated one law one time and not yet been caught. But as a practical matter, most of us would refer to an undocumented immigrant who has not broken any OTHER laws SINCE THEN as “law abiding.” Did you ever drive over the speed limit and avoid getting a ticket? According to your definition, YOU are a criminal. And what about the “illegal immigrants” who did not WILLFULLY, AS ADULTS violate the immigration laws, but were brought here as children, but have grown up not knowing they were anything BUT Americans? Would our nation be better off without the contributions these young people COULD be making with their talents, but instead having educated young people ANGRY at the United States while stuck in foreign countries plotting revenge on us?