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Immigrant Advocates Ask CNN To Help Tone Down Republicans’ Rhetoric

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Immigrant Advocates Ask CNN To Help Tone Down Republicans’ Rhetoric

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By Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times (TNS)

LOS ANGELES — A coalition of immigrant-rights groups has asked on the moderators of this week’s Republican presidential debate to help tone down the heated rhetoric on illegal immigration that has dominated the party’s primary race.

In an open letter to CNN, which is hosting the debate, 62 pro-immigrant organizations from around the country voice concern about “the increasing hatred and vitriol being directed towards both people of color and the immigrant community by certain presidential candidates.”

“The upcoming presidential debate will be a test as to how much leeway can be given to the language of hate,” the letter says. It calls on moderators “to help bring back a civil debate.”

Republican front-runner Donald Trump soared in the polls this summer after making illegal immigration a focus of his campaign. Trump has drawn attention to several immigrants in the country illegally who are accused of committing crimes and has proposed building a border wall and ending automatic citizenship for children born to immigrants without legal status. He has called Mexican immigrants criminals and rapists.

The letter cites a recent attack on a Latino man in Boston in which the suspect may have cited Trump as an inspiration. That and other recent episodes are evidence that “these harmful words will turn into violence against our communities,” the letter says.

When the crowded field of Republican candidates arrives in Simi Valley for the debate Wednesday, they will be met with protesters from both sides of the immigration issue.

Around four dozen organizations that support immigrants plan to rally outside of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, where the debate is being held, according to Jorge-Mario Cabrera of the Coalition For Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles.

A second rally, organized by tea party and anti-immigration groups, will be centered on revoking birthright citizenship, according to organizer Ted Hilton. He said he and others have been working for years to end the practice, which most believe is a right protected by the 14th Amendment of the Constitution, with little results.

Photo: CNN, “The World Leader in News” is hosting the Republican debate Wednesday. Ayush via Flickr

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19 Comments

  1. Otto Greif September 15, 2015

    Criminals have no standing to demand civility.

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    1. stcroixcarp September 16, 2015

      Our criminal justice system is based on the constitutional principal that a person is innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Yes Otto, “criminals” do have the right to demand civility. When us law abiders forsake civility to other human beings, we are living in a hell of our own creation and will receive no mercy.

      1. Otto Greif September 16, 2015

        If you enter the country illegally you have no business complaining about anything. Don’t want to be subjected to “uncivil” remarks? Stay home.

        1. Debra Brooks September 16, 2015

          illegals have no rights! jail only! DEPORTATION! ILLEGALS R BREAKING THE LAW! Obama is LAWLESS & SHOULD B N PRISON himself!

          1. RED September 16, 2015

            Wow!! You’re a special kind of stupid, aren’t ya?

          2. David September 16, 2015

            Not as bad as your idiocy!

        2. RED September 16, 2015

          Congratulations!! You’re the best!!! You’re are clearly in the top category of ignorant moronic bigots!!

          1. David September 16, 2015

            Who is the moron that wants the U.S. to be the next Latin American country?

        3. charleo1 September 17, 2015

          It’s why they’re so attractive to hire. They have no Rights. To sue, to complain, to demand better wages, or working conditions, to even be there to greet their children when they come home from school. It’s why some Americans love to hire them, then hate them for being here, for having children while being here. So please, build a wall to keep them out. Because otherwise, we just can’t help ourselves.

    2. itsfun September 16, 2015

      Ditto

      1. charleo1 September 17, 2015

        No, except in voicing their approval of NO!

    3. charleo1 September 17, 2015

      Apparently no one in this Country has standing to ask for civility from the Right.
      Their answer is the same as all their other answers to every question…NO!

  2. Böcker September 16, 2015

    CNN is Fox lite, so not they won’t tone it down.

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    1. Grannysmovin September 16, 2015

      And MSNBC is going for the Mini-Me Faux Fox. Sooooo tired of all Trump-a-vision and the media outlets, hosts and poor excuses for journalists be his Oompa Loompas.

      1. Böcker September 16, 2015

        Ya got that correct. Count me as another who is tired of the Trump fest. The man is a total clown and the media has been told over and over again on FB and twitter to stop. But no, we keep getting wall to wall coverage of this azzhat.

  3. itsfun September 16, 2015

    If they don’t like the way the United States campaigns are conducted – they can always go back to where they came from.

    Reply
  4. latebloomingrandma September 16, 2015

    If there was actually such a thing as a “fair and balanced” media, Bernie Sanders would be getting equal time to Trump. If Trump gets the nomination, it’s because of the continuous free coverage the fawning media has been giving him. MSNBC has pimped itself out to a corporate boss instead of honoring the first amendment for a free and unfettered press. Bernie gave an unbelievable speech at Liberty University, hardly people who would be in his camp, yet every channel was featuring Trump bloviating about his own awesome self. Trump does not give speeches, he is doing an inprov act–the show about nothing. (With apologies to Seinfeld.)

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  5. Debra Brooks September 16, 2015

    CNN PLEASE ALLOW CANDIDATES TO RAMP UP CONVERSATIONS REGARDING VIEWS ON ILLEGALS! IT IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST CONCERNS TO CITIZENS! WE WANT NONE! Obama broke all of us with his illegals!

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  6. Sand_Cat September 16, 2015

    What could CNN do about it? And why would Immigrant advocates want them to tone it down, anyway? Shouldn’t the American voters see what a bunch of nasty know-nothing bigots the GOP is presenting as the future hops of American?

    Reply

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