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Trump Awakening the Worst Impulses in America

August 17, 2015
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Donald Trump with Laredo, Tex. police officers.

Donald Trump with Laredo, Tex. police officers.

Reform of the immigration system is out of the question. Donald Trump is reaching for the worst impulses in Americans. Three words describe his policy. Those three words are:

  • Jingoism: it means threats by America against foreign nations,
  • Xenophobe: it means fear of foreigners; and
  • Nativist: it means favoring Americans over foreigners.

He wants:

  • To build a wall that will keep people coming from Mexico to the U.S.
  • To make Mexico pay for the wall. He will increase border fees.
  • To stop undocumented immigrants from getting tax refunds or credits.
  • To end citizenship for the children of undocumented migrants born in the U.S.
  • To impound remittance payments coming from “illegal wages.”
  • To cancel all of President Obama’s executive orders.

To show that his heart is in the right place, he says he would make it easy for people to come back after deportation. “The good people can come back,” he said. However, he has long called for harsh treatment of undocumented migrants.

Advocates for immigration reform have not yet had the chance to respond.

Mr. Trump says that many of his views come from “watching television shows.”

Trump’s grandfather migrated from Germany to America in 1885. His wife, Melania was born in Slovenia in 1970. Slovenia was then part of Yugoslavia.

Donald Trump is running for the Republican nomination for president. Most observers say he will not become the candidate. He has said he might run as a third-party candidate.

He is a threat to immigration reform. He will push the other candidates to agree with him. Most of the Republican candidates already share many of his views.

The real campaign does not begin until next summer. Until then, expect Republicans to continue to go after the undocumented.

Source: The New York Times August 16, 2015


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