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Republicans Fall Over Each Other to be Anti-Immigrant

August 20, 2015
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The Iowa State Fair. The Center of Republican anti-immigration politics.

The Iowa State Fair. The center of Republican anti-immigration politics.

America is a melting pot? Is it a country of immigrants? You would not know that it was if you listened to Republicans trying to get their party’s nomination.

They seem to agree on three things:

  • Ending the right to citizenship for babies born in the United States to undocumented parents.
  • Deporting all the undocumented people in the United States. Donald Trump says easy return for the “good ones.”
  • Punishing the “sanctuary cities” that welcome law-abiding migrants.

Three Republicans – Jeb Bush of Florida, Chris Christie of New Jersey and John Kasich of Ohio – are more moderate in their views. All three support some form of legal status for the undocumented. All are past or current governors.

Conservatives tend to vote in Republican primaries. Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina hold early primaries. They are conservative states. Voting takes place in those states in February 2016.

Many conservatives have strong feelings for American traditions. Sometimes these traditions go back to the founding of the country. At the Birth of America  228 years ago, it was run by white males. Women, minorities and immigrants have changed the ways of the past.

The Republican candidates rush to appeal to conservatives. However, white male dominance is no longer as strong in the U.S. as it was 50 years ago.

Practical matters seem to be put aside by many conservatives. Such matters include who will work on America’s farms? Who will fill the low-paying jobs offered by employers? How can 11 million people be deported? How will remittances going from the U.S. to Mexico be blocked? If we do any of these things, how can we remain a country of laws?

Most Republicans say these conservative views are suicide for the party. The nation as a whole has more moderate views on immigration. More Latinos are voting in every election.

Most likely the fever will abate next year. The Silly season should be over.

Source: The New York Times August 18, 2015


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