More than a few Republican graybeards are panicking about how the rise of Donald Trump is pulling at the seams of the GOP’s big tent. However, the Republican establishment itself has played a big role in creating this particular Frankenstein’s monster.Read more
Donald Trump has a new online video ad that hits Republican rival Jeb Bush for the former Florida governor's statement that immigrating illegally to the United States is an "act of love." The ad, available on Trump's Instagram feed, features audio and video of Bush speaking about the issue of illegal immigrants.
While Bush was speaking about fathers and mothers who come to the U.S. to improve economic standing of their families, the Trump ad conflates these people with those illegal immigrants who commit violent crimes.Read more
Donald Trump's presence in the Republican primary for president has not significantly damaged the other GOP presidential candidates with respect to Hispanic Americans. That's according to a new poll from Gallup that finds the New York businessman with a highly negative net favorability among Hispanics, 51 points.Read more
New Jersey governor Chris Christie says America needs a "strong law enforcer as president" in a new 30-second TV ad. In the spot, Christie, a Republican, lists off examples of "lawlessness in America and around the world under Barack Obama," including the terror of ISIS, sanctuary cities for illegal immigrants, drug problems, and "Iranian radicals with nuclear weapons. Christie adds in leading Democratic candidate for president into the mix.
"Now, Hillary Clinton thinks the law doesn't apply to her," he says with an image of a computer server on screen. "Really?"Read more
Donald Trump’s campaign web page is telling.Read more
Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican, released a statement Sunday praising the immigration proposal from presidential candidate Donald Trump. ""This is exactly the plan America needs," said Sessions. "Not only would the plan outlined in this paper work, but more quickly than many realize. Most importantly, this plan reestablishes the principle that American's immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens.Read more
Carly Fiorina says she disagrees with her Republican rival for president Donald Trump on the issue of Planned Parenthood. Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Tuesday that "we have to look at the positive also for Planned Parenthood" and said abortions were just a "small part" of what the organization provides.Read more
About five hours south of San Francisco, where Kate Steinle was murdered in broad daylight by an illegal immigrant, another illegal immigrant has been charged with raping and savagely beating an Air Force veteran to death with a hammer. According to police, Marilyn Pharis, 64, was sleeping in her Santa Maria, California home in the late morning — after having worked the night shRead more
In a post debate interview with Sean Hannity, Ohio governor John Kasich called a past immigration vote of his "amnesty." Watch here:
"You had a great answer I thought on immigration," Hannity said. "We all have -- we all agree we got to build the fence. That's why Donald Trump is popular. You just dealt with it straight-up. I like that. What is the answer to the 11 million people, though?"Read more
Sometimes, those of us left in the common sense majority ask how things could go so wrong – how consensually accepted notions of justice could be scuttled so quickly—how respect for the rule of law could have fallen so low—that a major American city would find it acceptable to provide safe passage to an illegal alien who had been deported on five previous occasions.Read more
Republican presidential candidate Bobby Jindal called sancruary cities "partners in crime" in an interview last night with Bill O'Reilly. Jindal said the city officials of these cities should be held "criminally liable."
Watch here:Read more
Donald Trump suggested that illegal immigrants with "merit" should be offered some sort of deal. "I'm a believer in the merit system," Trump said on a phone call this morning with MSNBC. "If somebody's been outstanding, we try and work something out."Read more
At a campaign event today at the U.S.-Mexico border, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump left the door open to amnesty. He did so at a press conference on the border:
A reporter asked, "Mr. Trump, what would you do with the 11 million undocument immigrants who are already here?"
"The first thing we have to do is strengthen our borders," Trump started.
The reporter interrupted, "But after that -- after that."Read more
That Donald Trump was supported by 24 percent of Republican voters in the Washington Post/ABC News poll on presidential candidates isn’t the most worrisome number for the GOP. Even scarier is the devastating role that Trump would play as an independent or third party candidate.Read more
Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator from Alabama, details a pattern of terrorism committed by immigrants. These "events," he writes in a statement, "do not occur in isolation, but are often part of broader networks, groups, and pockets of radicalization made possible by unwise immigration policy."
The senator attributes the following terrorist activity since 2013 to immigrants:Read more
The first Republican presidential debate isn't until next month, but former Texas governor Rick Perry is already hitting back at fellow GOP contender Donald Trump. In a statement, Perry knocked Trump's criticism of the governor's 14-year tenure in Austin, saying the New York businessman has a "fundamental misunderstanding of border security."Read more
Hillary Clinton will be speaking to La Raza in a couple weeks in Kansas City.
"For the second time in a month, Hillary Clinton will speak to a huge gathering of Latinos, this time in front of 2,000 Hispanic activists and community leaders Monday, July 13 at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) annual conference in Kansas City, BuzzFeed News has learned," BuzzFeed reports.Read more
President Obama is "frustrated" with the court's ruling on his executive amnesty. He expressed his frustration in comments at a press conference in Germany.
"With respect to immigration, obviously, I’m frustrated by a district court ruling that now is winding its way through the appeals process. We are being as aggressive as we can legally to, first and foremost, appeal that ruling, and then to implement those elements of immigration executive actions that were not challenged in court," Obama said.Read more
The Hillary Clinton campaign announced the hiring of Lorella Praeli to head Latino outreach. But it's the candidate, Hillary Clinton, who may have some explaining to do.Read more
In a revealing exchange between ABC's Jon Karl and press secretary Josh Earnest, the White House refused to say whether Hillary Clinton's proposed executive amnesty is legal:
After all, as Karl pointed out to Earnest, the White House has maintained that President Obama's own executive amnesty was as far as he could legally go.
Earnest, who said he is not a lawyer or a judge, referred questions Clinton and her campaign.Read more
Alabama senator Jeff Sessions, a Republican, has written a letter to President Barack Obama regarding the request that Congress "fast-track" legislation on Trade Promotion Authority. Sessions says he has a number of questions Congress should expect answers to before the body agrees to "yield its institutional powers." Read the full letter below:
Dear Mr. President:Read more
Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina was asked this morning on CNBC how she's different than Jeb Bush. "Everything about me is different," said Fiorina.
Asked the CNBC host, "How are you different than Jeb Bush?"
"Everything about me is different," said Fiorina.
"You think everything about you is different?"Read more
In remarks last night to Democratic donors in New York City, President Obama talked about the "project" he started continuing after he leaves the White House.Read more
Republican senator Ted Cruz said Wednesday afternoon he is “long-term optimistic and short-term pessimistic” on the question of passing any immigration reform legislation. Speaking with Javier Palomarez, the president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texan presidential candidate said he considers himself a “proponent of immigration reform.” But, Cruz added, political leaders should focus on those aspects that have “bipartisan support.”Read more
According to Gallup, only 7 percent of Americans want immigration levels to increase, while 86 percent either want them to remain at current levels (47 percent) or decrease (39 percent). With most current and prospective Republican presidential candidates tripping over each other to vie for that 7 percent, it would seem to be good politics for a candidate to break from the pack and speak for the other 86 percent essentially unopposed. That’s more of less what Scott Walker has done over the past week.Read more
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