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Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Remarks Force GOP Reckoning On Immigration

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Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Remarks Force GOP Reckoning On Immigration

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As Donald Trump faces corporate boycotts over his recent comments deriding Mexican immigrants, his remarks are also dividing Republicans, and their conservative constituencies, by forcing them to reconcile their “tough-on-immigration,” “secure-the-border” rhetoric with their hopes of garnering more Latino votes than the Democrats in 2016.

In his June announcement launching his presidential campaign, Trump said: “When Mexico sends its people [to the United States], they’re not sending their best…. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.”

Republicans, and especially other candidates seeking the GOP presidential nomination, have been forced to state publicly whether they stand with Trump on immigration policy.

Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, called Trump’s comments “not helpful,” while former Florida governor Jeb Bush distanced himself from Trump, saying he disagreed with Trump’s comments. Texas senator Ted Cruz recently said on Fox News that Trump “speaks the truth.”

New Jersey governor Chris Christie, who recently announced his own presidential bid, said Trump’s comments were “wholly inappropriate.”

Rep. Steve King (R-IA), who is not running for president, defended Trump’s remarks, saying critics had taken his statements out of context.

Conservative business interests are singing a different tune. In a June 30 statement, touting the entrepreneurial credentials of the United States’ immigrant community, the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce said Trump’s comments about Mexican immigrants represent “an extreme and exclusionary position that has no basis in fact and is completely inappropriate in our national political discourse.”

Joining Univision, NBC, and Macy’s boycotts of Trump businesses, the Hispanic Chamber said it will not consider Trump hotels as possible locations for its 2016 National Convention in Miami, Florida, or its 2016 Legislative Summit in Washington, D.C. Likely fearing consumer boycotts, the business community is running from Trump, seeking to push him further away from the Republican mainstream, while Trump, ever the consummate businessman, is breaking ties with any company that seeks to blacklist him.

Criticizing Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) for blaming immigrants for a declining middle class in the United States, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce has said, “Politicians promote misleading facts about immigration to rile up their political base.” The Chamber might as well have been talking about Trump.

But by playing to the GOP’s right-wing base, Trump’s comments are forcing Republicans to reconsider their hardline stances on securing the border and not offering “amnesty” to undocumented immigrants, causing splits within the GOP over immigration. Republicans want (and desperately need) to court Latino voters nationally, so while moderate Republicans are trying not to alienate potential GOP voters, Trump and the Tea Party faithful prefer sticking with their nativist, scorched-earth rhetoric.

Which explains why Democrats are rejoicing that Trump is becoming the face of the Republican Party. “His outlandish rhetoric and skill at occupying the national spotlight are also proving to be dangerously toxic for the GOP brand, which remains in the rehabilitation stage after losing the 2012 presidential race,” reports The Washington Post.

In 2014, 62 percent of Latinos reported voting Democratic in their congressional district race, according to the Pew Research Center. And in the 2012 presidential election, President Obama had a 44-point advantage over Republican challenger Mitt Romney when it came to Latino voters.

If Republicans hope to win the White House in 2016, winning over more Latino voters will certainly play a large role. The problem for the GOP is not just limited to one well-known Republican candidate’s dramatic, outspoken racism. More so, it’s the fact that Trump’s stance has shined a spotlight on the party’s deeply entrenched xenophobia, and now every candidate has to acknowledge it.

More and more, it doesn’t seem possible for Republicans to have their border-wall-and-deportations cake, and eat more Latino votes, too.

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  1. Dominick Vila July 2, 2015

    In all fairness, the Donald articulated what is in the minds of the far right, white supremacists, and the neo-Nazis that constitute an important segment of the GOP. Pretending his comments are an aberration, or expressions of a rare sentiment, are nothing more than a smoke screen to hide the racism that can be found in every corner of the country.
    The GOP has more than a Donald problem, it has an institutional problem and a record they cannot escape from. They have catered to the most radical elements of our society, and they now have no choice but to sleep in the bed they made.
    Hopefully, the political damage done by the Duck will elicit impetus to pursue immigration law reform, but I doubt a single Republican will have the courage to propose such a thing. They have to go no further that Marco Rubio to understand how dangerous it is to even insinuate reform designed to solve the illegal immigration problem once and for all. Instead, they will continue to insist on higher fences, more border guards, and more deportations, without showing the slightest interest in finding out the root causes of this problem and considering effective solutions.
    Their chances of getting even a tiny percentage of the Latino vote in 2016 are nil. The same goes for the African American vote.

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    1. itsfun July 3, 2015

      What is the percentage of illegal immigrants that have committed crimes in the US? Until we start to enforce existing immigration laws, we really don’t know if any reform is needed.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 3, 2015

        Our immigration laws support our labor needs, and ensure immigrants are treated like human beings. The current laws do not allow for the entry of a large pool of people willing to perform work that most of us are not interested in doing, not because we are lazy, but because our expectations are consistent with our level of education and, in some cases, what some of our citizens believe society “owes” them. The de facto quota system that is in place, and the promise of jobs with a remuneration that is far above what most migrants earn in countries such as Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, all but guarantee illegal entry. Immigration law reform is not the same as amnesty, and does not have to include amnesty for those already in the country. That’s an entirely different subject that, in my opinion, could be solved by implementing John McCain’s “Guest Worker Program” proposal. Reform involves changing a system that is broken, that does not satisfy our needs, and that is inconsistent with similar systems in other industrialized nations.

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    2. 788eddie July 3, 2015

      I am concerned, though, that if the GOP nominates someone who can speak Spanish fluently (there are a couple from which to choose), that the airwaves in Hispanic and Latino communities may be flooded with ads showing the nominee speaking Spanish to try to convince people that the GOP is reforming it’s ways (it hasn’t and probably won’t).

      I hope that the people in those targeted communities will be astute enough not to fall for the ruse.

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      1. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

        People in the targeted communities have astute bi-lingual community leaders. We aren’t talking about a group of people who just arrived here.

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        1. 788eddie July 4, 2015

          And yet, how many people have been misled by the programming on Fox News?

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      2. Dominick Vila July 3, 2015

        Jeb, Marco Rubio, and Ted Cruz, all speak Spanish fluently; and the Bush’s have a reputation of being friendly towards Latinos and immigration law reform.
        The GOP is going to have a hard time convincing the Hispanic-Latino community to vote for them, not because of ideological differences, but because of the hatred, attacks, and insults they direct at that segment of our population.
        Ideologically, Hispanics-Latinos share many of the same socio-religious values embraced by conservatives. Most are deeply religious, oppose abortion, oppose gay marriage, and look down on permanent dependence on welfare, among other things. If it wasn’t for the likes of Donald Trump, many among them would be registered Republicans. Fortunately for us, the overt racism and hatred that Republicans express time and again, guarantees their vote for whomever the Democratic nominee is. Unfortunately, their voting record is not very good…

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  2. itsfun July 3, 2015

    I would rather hear someone tell how they really feel on a issue, instead of the usual politically correct BS we hear from all candidates.

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    1. FT66 July 3, 2015

      Isn’t what you have been blogging here whole way through? Have you forgotten already? We haven’t.

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      1. itsfun July 3, 2015

        So whats your point?

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        1. Independent1 July 4, 2015

          That all your blogs are are shams; and you really only believe and try to get across, what the politically correct RWNJs believe. I don’t know who you think you’re kidding. But it’s pretty well known that you’re nothing but a paid troll on the NM here to spread your RWNJ propaganda; probably blogging from the headquarters of the RNC. If you really think you’re fooling anyone, you’re even dumber than I think you are!!!!!!

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          1. itsfun July 4, 2015

            Your constant name calling and making things up show just how classless you are.

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    2. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

      I agree with you 100% on this. The more the contestants on the right speak, the better it is for the greater good. 🙂

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      1. itsfun July 3, 2015

        and on the left

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        1. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

          That goes without saying and it’s why we can win without “hanging chads” , attempts at voter suppression, or old actors talking to empty chairs.
          On the other hand when the right speaks, it benefits every OTHER party. It’s good they just can’t shut up. I applaud that!
          😀

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  3. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

    Trump is the perfect candidate for the right. He embodies all of their traits greed, hate, bigotry, racism, misogyny, arrogance and stupidity.
    Keep on talking Mr. Trump!

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    1. robertbenefiel@att.net July 3, 2015

      Those are his good traits.

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      1. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

        🙂 I had to read your other comments to determine that was sarcasm as I’m certain many on the right do think they are his good traits!

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        1. Dominick Vila September 15, 2015

          🙂

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  4. chisolm July 3, 2015

    Those of you with the instinct to immediately vilify Trump for his comments should first review crime statistics. I say this knowing full well there will be a deluge of responses accusing me of being a racist.

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    1. nana4gj July 3, 2015

      I don’t know if you are a racist or not, but, I do believe you generalize and make assumptions. Crime statistics include not only black and brown crime, but, also white crimes, of ALL kinds, including violent crimes.

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    2. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

      Why don’t you show us just the crime statistics you and Trump are referencing. I certainly can’t find any that justify his mouth dump.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 3, 2015

        The most important and verifiable statistic is what we can see with our own eyes. The overwhelming majority of Latinos are hard working people, willing to work for a fraction of what the average American is willing to accept, and live in conditions we would not expose our beloved pooch to.
        The truth is that the reason the illegal immigration problem has not been solved is because our private sector is benefiting from the Latino cheap labor, and because there are many in the Federal and State governments who understand the positive impact of illegal immigration on corporate profits and keeping inflation under control. Latinos are, in effect, the 21st century equivalent to slaves, albeit for the fact that other than provide for their families, they are not being forced to do the work they perform.

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        1. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

          That’s all true. Not to mention those who do work for employers who withhold and match SS, using false social security numbers because non-citizens cannot obtain them. That money goes into a fund they can never claim and it benefits the rest of us. It’s enough for them to be able to work the jobs even unemployed Americans won’t take, so they can as you stated, support their families. They have a work ethic that far surpasses a great many of our current citizens.

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          1. Independent1 July 4, 2015

            Illegals do not have to use ‘false social security numbers’ in order to have employers deduct and submit all the forms of payroll taxes. The IRS provides employers with a number they can apply to immigrants who don’t have bona fide SS numbers.

            And the CBO projects that 55-70% of illegals not only actually pay billions of dollars in income taxes; they contribute over 12 billion into Social Security, and billions into Medicare – which since they don’t qualify for either of those benefits; their contributions are actually extending the lives of both of those programs. (In addition, the monies that illegals spend in our economy is keeping a projected 8 million native-born Americans working. Their willingness to perform menial jobs in construction, the hotel industry, farming industry and more, is supporting the jobs of native-born Americans like truck drivers, skilled carpenters, plumbers, hotel clerks and on and on – the CBO projects 8 million Americans have jobs because of what illegals are willing to do and what they spend in our economy.)

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          2. Carolyn1520 July 4, 2015

            The IRS issues ITINS which are numbers to be used for federal tax purposes only, when filing a tax return.
            Many undocumented workers have in the past and still use false social security numbers because they are only interested in receiving wages. Many do not even bother to file a tax return to recover withholding because they don’t want to risk getting caught. As with the social security, it’s money that stays in the general fund.

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          3. Independent1 July 4, 2015

            Yes, and I don’t dispute that illegals do get bogus social security cards on the black market, in one way or another – some by actually requesting an ITIN from the IRS and then using it to create a bogus Social Security card. But an article I read (which I’m having trouble finding at the moment) was based on a CBO study and indicated that projections of illegals obtaining bogus social security cards on the black market is grossly over estimated. That what’s far more common,is that the employeers who actually employ illegals as a common practice of their workforce, get the ITINs themselves from the IRS and use the ITINs in their payroll processing, to cover up the fact that they’re hiring illegals.

            And although this may be a damning practice, in reality, it’s the billions of dollars that illegals are contributing to Social Security and Medicare, which the use of ITINs make them ineligable for, is what is actually helping keep these benefits solvent (not to mention the billions they contribute to the General Fund, which as you point out, they are reluctant to try and reclaim via a refund because of the danger of being exposed as an illegal).

            For possibly the benefit of some other posters here, here are some excerpts from an article published by the University of San Diego, on just how much illegals are contributing to keeping America running despite all the hatefulness that is directed toward them:

            If Americans ever succeeded in getting rid of illegal immigrants – deporting those who are already here and preventing the entry of others – there would be an outcry from Latino activists, civil libertarians and the business community.

            But that’s nothing. Do you know who might really be furious? The Social Security Administration. If not for the billions in payroll taxes that illegal immigrants are paying into the system, the funding crisis facing Social Security would be much more serious and much more imminent. It is all thanks to the 1986 Immigration Reform and Control Act, which made it a crime for employers to knowingly hire illegal immigrants.

            True, the law is a joke that is rarely enforced, and that should bother the law-and-order crowd more than it does. But by forcing employers to require Social Security cards – even bogus ones – IRCA did manage to rope illegal immigrants into the system. Last year, contributions by illegal immigrants made up about 10 percent of the Social Security surplus – the difference between what the system takes in and what it doles out.

            According to a recent story in The New York Times, the numbers are startling. But they help explain why the U.S. government has tolerated illegal immigration for so long. It’s the same reason that someone visiting Las Vegas tolerates a slot machine spewing out silver dollars.

            According to the best estimates of the Social Security Administration, the fund has kept track over the last 20 years of more than $300 billion in total earnings – the vast majority of them attributable to illegal immigrants.

            Three-hundred billion dollars! You have to admit that’s pretty impressive in a country where no one will admit to actually hiring illegal immigrants in the first place.

            But those are just the figures in a ledger. The hard currency is the Social Security taxes that illegal immigrants and their employers pay on those earnings. That rings in at about $12 billion a year. Which is why you don’t hear the Social Security Administration raising a fuss over illegal immigration. And to the degree that this arm of the U.S. government has friends in Congress, it could explain why you don’t see many pieces of legislation calling for mass deportations of illegal immigrants. I mean, why kill the golden goose?

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          4. Carolyn1520 July 4, 2015

            Oh I agree. Our economy relies heavily on the cheap labor and the income generated by undocumented workers.

            Whether an employer uses an Itin or the worker obtains a bogus ss card on his own, it’s still not a legal social security number. Yes I agree the numbers have been greatly overstated and those who want to build a case against illegals will do anything to make their case, truth be damned.

            Employers who even bother to withhold taxes, ss, and medicare and pay their share via payroll taxes are only trying to keep a work force and doing the right thing to the best of their ability and as much within the confines of the law as possible. They know the numbers are fake but without these workers, crops don’t get to market, seafood operations grind to a halt, etc. The lack of an immigration policy has forced law abiding people into positions of doing what they have to do to comply while keeping their businesses afloat.

            These might be the documents you are looking for. At any rate,
            it’s straight from the horses mouth and as much as the right would like to refute it, it’s the facts.

            Effects of Unauthorized Immigration on The Actuarial Status …

            http://www.socialsecurity.gov/oact/…/note151.p...

            AND

            20-Immigration and Taxation.pdf – Internal Revenue Service

            http://www.irs.gov/…/20-Immigration%20and%20Ta...

            Internal Revenue Service

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        2. Independent1 July 4, 2015

          I agree completely with your comments. I just want to point out that it’s not only the ‘private sector’ that is benefiting from the willingness of illegals to work for peanuts. It’s every single American that’s benefiting from that.

          My sense is that many Americans would be shocked at HOW MUCH MORE THEY WOULD BE PAYING in the grocery store, when they travel, when they get any really meaningful construction job done that requires really meaningful labor and even more; if the ‘private sector’ had to pay native-born Americans probably 3-4 times what they pay illegals in order to get their food harvested, hotel rooms cleaned, major construction jobs done and more.

          Remember, when Alabama passed the most stringent immigration law in the nation a few years back, it only took 4-6 weeks before contractors trying to get the tornado damage done in Tuscaloosa fixed saying their work would take months maybe years longer to complete without the illegals, and farmers who were watching their crops rot in the fields because they could not find replacements for the illegals, even Mercedes Benz threatening to leave the state because of the anti-foreign(immigrant) stigma created by their onerous new law.

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          1. Dominick Vila July 4, 2015

            Georgia had a similar experience to Alabama’s. Its Governor went as far as offering inmates early release in exchange for working the fields. When they declined the anti-immigration laws were eased to attract immigrants (Latinos) back. VW also threatened to close its plants, or move them to other states, if anti-labor states did not allow worker councils in “right to work for less” states.

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          2. Independent1 July 4, 2015

            Yes, and Alabama actually forced their prison inmates into trying to work the fields when farmers started threatening to pull out of Alabama due to the lack of adequate help in harvesting their fields. But after a couple weeks of the inmates working the fields, the Alabama farms said that the work the prison inmates were doing, didn’t come close to what the immigrants used to do and said NO THANKS! To having the inmates do the work – they insisted that the Alabama legislature had to do something about changing the law which was virtually killing the Alabama economy.

            Which is exactly what would happen nationally if Republicans got their way and had a large chunk of illegals deported. The 2008 Great Recession would look like a walk-in-the-park to the devastation that deporting a large chunk of illegals would inflict on the U.S. economy. What’s really needed is for the anti-immigrant crowd to shut up about deporting illegals and realize that they’ve been part of the U.S. economy for decades – and just learn to live with it!!!!!!

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          3. Dominick Vila July 4, 2015

            The funny part about this issue is that if a significant number of Mexican and Central American immigrants were deported, or large numbers left voluntarily because they are sick and tired of being threatened and discriminated against, we would have no choice but to either triple the remuneration paid for doing the same job to attract American workers, which would cause inflation to skyrocket. Another option would be to import produce from countries like…Mexico!

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          4. Independent1 July 4, 2015

            That would be something wouldn’t it!! Then the right-wingers could start making an issue about where America buys its food!! Probably claiming that the produce grown in Mexico didn’t measure up to that previously grown in America or in some other foreign country of their liking – like China!!!

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          5. Dominick Vila July 5, 2015

            They could always opt for a starvation diet…:-)

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        3. Irishgrammy July 4, 2015

          As a Native Californian, Southern California ta boot, I completely agree with you Dom!!!! There are no harder working, more family oriented people than Latino’s from anywhere south of the border! I am so sick of the GOP clown car and others in the party constantly insulting and disparaging all and everyone because of their narrow minded unaccepting ideologies….. Yesterday Trump made a ridiculous comment justifying his initial remarks suggesting an undocumented man from Mexico who has a long rap sheet who had shot a San Franciscan woman for reasons unknown trying to connect that he was right, ALL those undocumented people must be killers…….well then what about the White Americans who over the past 6 years have committed mass murder, Sandyhook, South Caroline, Colorado, on and on………anything from the Donald on THAT???? Should we send all the white boys back to where ever they came from, really……..and God forbid how about some minor fixes to our pathetic gun laws……..So easy for a creature as bigoted and a master panderer as Donald Trump to attack those who cannot defend themselves out of fear and retribution…..HYPOCRISY REIGNS SUPREME IN THE WORLD OF THE DONALD……

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          1. Dominick Vila July 4, 2015

            Trump’s latest excuse says more about the Donald than his intended target. The man is an arrogant, greedy, and sorry specimen of humanity who should not be taken seriously by anybody. With the exception of white supremacist bigots, most Americans – and the media – are paying him back for his remarks, a generalization that denigrates an entire ethnic group, and culture, because a Mexican citizen turned out to be a killer. By that measure, we should all be spending the rest of our lives in maximum security prisons!

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    3. Independent1 July 4, 2015

      You mean the crime statistics that show that illegal immigrants are more than 8 times LESS LIKELY to commit a crime than a native born American?? And that are at least 3 times LESS LIKELY to be incarcerated?? And that it’s the American cities with the highest percentage of immigrants, including illegals, that have the lowest crime rates?? And the statistic that shows that San Diego, which is the city in America with the highest percentage of illegals, is one of the 10 cities in America that has shown the GREATEST REDUCTION in its crime rate over the past 2 decades – during the time when the percentage of illegals in America was increasing??

      You mean those statistics which show that Donald Trump is as much a BLATANT LIAR as all the rest of the Republican Clown Car Candidates???

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      1. FT66 July 4, 2015

        One thing which we must be happy and proud of , we have got republicans already. These are people who lost Latino votes last election by Romney saying only “self-deportation”. Trump has gone even further. How nice!

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        1. Dominick Vila July 5, 2015

          An interesting development during the last election was the number of Cuban-Americans that voted for President Obama. Old Cubans remain staunchly anti-communist, oppose rapprochement with Cuba, and remain as belligerent and fearful as they were when they first arrived. Their children and grand children are much more pragmatic and receptive to change.

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  5. nana4gj July 3, 2015

    Another “forced reckoning” for the GOP. The basic response is to keep quiet and not take a position. Some may veer from that norm and issue “words” that are more politically correct. But, that will not change a thing. They all feel and believe the same and some have even said the same as Trump, ala “cantaloupe thighs”, and worse.

    Really, how can they refute Trump when they have all expressed the same during the “border crisis”, etc., and have done nothing on Immigration Reform, other than to urge a huge wall and guns on the border.

    Trump exemplifies the GOP today. He just has another caveat or “twist” to his persona and presentation. Instead of touting his morals and family values, he reminds us all of how “really, really, really rich he is, how he can dis foreign countries and still expect to “do business” with them because he is so really, really, rich and smarter than anyone else in the room or in the world. Instead of attacking the rest of us because we are so morally bereft, he does it because we are all so dumb and have not the “business acumen” that he has that made him the multi millionaire he claims to be, not withstanding his father’s contributions.

    The fact that he can be so really, really rich, and so uncouth and crass and really, really stupid, has appealed to some, at this stage of the game, but GOP primary voters have always had their “Flavor of The Month”, and then, there is a melt down and they move on to the next one.

    Again, however, there is no “next one” in this dozen or more that have any more smarts or intelligence, or substance, still, they will each rise to the top for a month or so, and then, the one who raises the most money will be the choice of the deciders in the GOP, not necessarily, the voters, and, really, who can blame those deciders for taking it out of the hands of the voters?

    Stupid, stupider, and stupidest; shallow, vain, personally ambitious, duplicitous, and misogynistic, with a complete disdain for the federal government…..they’re all one and the same…..just with different “flavors”.

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    1. Carolyn1520 July 3, 2015

      I equate them to a can of Planter’s Deluxe. Something for every nut lover.

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    2. Dominick Vila July 3, 2015

      Trump’s most powerful attributes are his arrogance, greed, bigotry, and despotism. Needless to say, that guarantees him the support of the far right. Fortunately for us, and for the USA, most social and fiscal conservatives know that nominating someone like him will all but guarantee if Democratic landslide victory. The Donald does not have a chance.

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      1. dpaano September 15, 2015

        Don’t forget his narcissistic personality!!! He likes to keep reminding everyone how rich he is, but he acts like an idiot with NO idea of how to deal with anything! I would NOT want to see him in the White House….even for a visit!

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        1. Dominick Vila September 15, 2015

          The Donald is the Grand Ayatollah of narcissism. What his followers don’t understand is that his decision to run for President has absolutely nothing to do with a desire to improve our standard of living, strengthen our economy, create job, or guarantee our national security. He is running because for people like him becoming President is the ultimate feather on his ridiculous comb over.

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    3. dpaano September 15, 2015

      If he has such wonderful business acumen, how come he’s had to file bankruptcy 4 times? The only “business acumen” he possesses is how he can do that and fob it off on the taxpayer!

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  6. paulyz July 3, 2015

    The topic Trump was discussing was ILLEGAL trespassers, NOT Legal Immigrants, of which he supports. The Left quickly makes this about race for political reasons, but many people appreciate his straightforward discussion of the serious problems & costs of Millions of Illegals, of ANY race or etnicity. Glad he brought this out in the open unlike the timid that are afraid to actually solve this issue out of fear of losing votes. Trump may surprise everyone, because Most Americans are fed up with the problems caused by Illegals decade after decade.

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    1. nana4gj July 3, 2015

      For a man, person, aspiring to be the President of the US, Leader of The Free World, Global Statesman, et al, he should be able, having all that experience working deals with all these countries, to articulate and express himself better.

      You ask for all of us to understand what he meant to say, not to take his words for what he said. He said “Mexico is sending us all their….” what amounts to “trash”, misfits, neer do wells, not their smart, educated, law abiding, achievers.. The latter category have no incentives to leave Mexico where they live very well in the elite class. The other socioeconomic class of Mexico….they have only two, no middle class…..cannot achieve education, standing, and only employment in servitude to the elite and tourists at a pittance…..are motivated to come to a country where they are told if they work hard they can achieve a better life.

      Crooks and criminals, rapists, drug dealers, come here from all over the world, but, if they look like they have money, they do well, even on falsified entry permits. Some of those drug dealers/cartel bosses live in gated communities in Arizona and elsewhere in these United States. Trump may even be doing business with them and not have a clue who they are.

      He needs to learn, for one of many things, how to articulate and express himself as a civil, really smart, educated, classy, really, really rich man, and not as a person who was not raised with class that suddenly came into money and flashes it around in very tacky ways, worse than a syndicate capo.

      There are at least 5 better arguments for Immigration Reform that do not require generalization and insults to an entire ethnic population and to a foreign country who is, not only a foreign country, but a neighbor. There are so many Republican Governors in the border states, except for California, and none of them have lifted one finger to work with the government of the country with whom they neighbor to try diplomacy, agreements, partnerships, to deal with border security and illegal immigration. They do not even partner with their own federal government. Forgive me if I am not impressed with their pronouncements on border control and immigration, when a reform bill sits in their desks of the US Congress collecting dust and all they have to offer is global insults, when those who were brought here illegally, sought education, and have meaningful contributions to this country, have been given a reprieve by the Administration and all Republicans can do is file law suits against that reprieve so they can be deported taking all of their education and talents back to the country of origin..

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      1. Irishgrammy July 4, 2015

        BRAVO, nana4gj!!!! Well said….. both of your comments this one and the one below are so on point, could not say it better myself!!!

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    2. jamesowens July 6, 2015

      go to the kitchens and laundry rooms of trump hotels and check how many illegals he has working before you listen to that walking dust mop.

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      1. dpaano September 15, 2015

        And, look at the Chinese company that produces his clothing line??? Why couldn’t he have opened a plant here in the U.S. to produce his clothing line….he has enough money to do so! He’s such a hypocrite!

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        1. jamesowens September 17, 2015

          hypocrisy is a prerequisite to be on the gop ticket

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    3. dpaano September 15, 2015

      Do you even understand how much it’ll cost we taxpayers to build the fence Trump keeps talking about, or how many billions of taxpayer dollars it’ll cost to “round up” 11 million illegal immigrants? Do you even realize how many jobs these people do for us that a typical American would refuse to do? I’m all for granting them “work visas” to come here to work and to be given the opportunity to apply for legal citizenship.

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  7. robertbenefiel@att.net July 3, 2015

    I believe that the fear and hatred of foreigners and minorities will become even more vocal as the campaigns progresses. The base of the Republican Party, white, older males, Christian, are very upset with what they perceived as changing demographics, they will do everything to hold onto their political power. They believe that they are the rightful people to control the political power in this country. .

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  8. Michael Ross July 4, 2015

    Worse, it’s calling attention to the fact that even those who are publicly reaching out to Latinos have actively been pushing the same xenophobia-inspired policies when they think nobody is looking.

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