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Donald Trump: Establishment Candidate

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On Tuesday night the Establishment won and won yuge. (From new OTB contributor, Michael Bailey)

Even If Trump Loses, Trumpism Will Remain A Powerful Force In The GOP

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Even if Donald Trump loses next month, the political forces inside the GOP he tapped into are likely to remain very powerful.

No, Immigrants Aren’t Taking Your Job

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A new study debunks an old idea.

Even Trump’s Supporters Don’t Believe Mexico Would Pay For Trump’s Border Wall

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Apparently, even people who support Donald Trump don’t believe his claim that he can get Mexico to pay for his border wall.

Trump Surrogate: Without Donald Trump There Will Be ‘A Taco Truck On Every Corner’

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A Trump surrogate warns of a “taco truck on every corner” if Trump loses. That sounds like more of a promise than a threat if you ask me.

Donald Trump Doubles Down On Hard Line Immigration Policies

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After some two weeks in which it seemed like he might be moderating, Donald Trump doubled down on the most anti-immigrant portions of his immigration plan.

Most Americans Oppose Trump’s Positions On Immigration And Border Wall, Poll Finds

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Sorry Donald Trump, but most Americans believe that people here illegally deserve a path to citizenship and oppose building a border wall.

Trump Flip Flops On Immigration Again

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Over the course of twenty-four hours, Donald Trump has had three separate positions on how he’d deal with illegal immigrants already in the country.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Flip Flop

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Donald Trump is signaling a big shift in his immigration position.

Deadlocked Supreme Court Leaves Obama’s Immigration Relief Plan Blocked

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Thanks to a 4-4 tie, President Obama’s temporary immigration relief program remains blocked by a Federal Court Injunction.

SBC also Passed Resolution on Refugees

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I meant to note this yesterday along with the battle flag resolution via WaPo:  Southern Baptist Convention urges churches to welcome refugees In the midst of a political season in which political leaders have frequently decried refugees as a security threat to the United States, the nation’s second-largest religious group sent a different message about refugees […]

Donald Trump Renews Call For Ban On Muslim Immigration

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Donald Trump responded to the attack on the Pulse nightclub by renewing his call to ban members of an entire religion from coming to the United States.

Sharply Divided Supreme Court Hears Argument In Challenge To Obama’s Deportation Relief Plan

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The Supreme Court heard oral argument in the case challenging the President’s deportation relief plan, but it’s unlikely we’ll see a ruling on the merits.

Latinos Are Becoming Citizens For The Chance To Vote Against Donald Trump

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Donald Trump is motivating people! The problem for Republicans is that he’s motivating them to become citizens so they can vote against him and, potentially, other Republicans.

Yet More Evidence of our Broken Immigration System

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Via the LAT:  This judge says toddlers can defend themselves in immigration court On Friday, the ACLU posted a transcript of the deposition in that case in which Weil asserted that toddlers can represent themselves in his court. “Are you aware of any experts in child psychology or comparable experts who agree with the assessment that […]

Candidate Positions on Immigration

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This piece from NPR has a very useful chart that outlines the various candidates’ views on immigration reform:  Where The 2016 Candidates Stand On Immigration, In One Chart (h/t:  the FB feed of Alan Cross).

Supreme Court Accepts Appeal Of Ruling Halting Obama’s Deportation Relief Programs

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The Supreme Court agreed to hear an appeal in what is guaranteed to be a high profile case heading into the 2016 elections.

Another Poll Shows Republicans Support Donald Trump’s ‘Ban All Muslims’ Immigration Plan

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Heading into another Presidential debate, a new poll shows that Republicans are very receptive to Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigration to the U.S.

Majority Opposes Trump’s Muslim Immigration Ban, But It’s A Different Story With Republicans

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Polling shows that most Americans oppose Donald Trump’s plan to bar Muslim’s from immigrating to the United States, but Republicans are far more receptive to the idea.

FBI: San Bernardino Shooters Tashfeen Malik And Syed Farook Radicalized Years Before Marriage

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The Director of the F.B.i. told Congress today that the San Bernardino shooters were apparently radicalized much earlier than previously believed.

Trump’s Plan To Bar Muslim Immigration Widely Condemned, But It’s Unlikely To Hurt Him

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Donald Trump’s plan to bar all Muslim immigration to the United States is being widely condemned by his fellow Republicans and others, but the proposal probably won’t hurt him politically in a Republican Party that is deeply bigoted against Muslims in general.

Donald Trump Calls For Ban On All Muslim Immigration

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Donald J. Trump continues to turn the dial higher and higher on his fascist demagoguery.

SCOTUS Makes It More Likely Immigration Appeal Can Be Heard And Decided By June

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After requesting a 30 day extension to reply to the Federal Government’s request for appeal in the case challenging President Obama’s immigration executive action, the states get only eight days.

Illegal Border Crossings Surge

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Via the NYT:  Number of Migrants Illegally Crossing Rio Grande Rises Sharply The numbers of migrants crossing the Rio Grande illegally have risen sharply in recent weeks, replaying scenes from the influx of Central American children and families in South Texas last year. […] The new flows here are smaller than the surge in the summer […]

Obama Administration Appeals Fifth Circuit Immigration Ruling To Supreme Court

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The Obama Administration is asking the Supreme Court to review a ruling that kept a hold on last year’s immigration execution action in place.

More Mexicans Are Leaving The U.S. To Return Home Than Arriving In The U.S.

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Mexicans are more likely to be returning home than migrating to the United States, a new report finds.

House Passes Bill To Limit Syrian Refugee Program, But Its Fate Remains Uncertain

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With little actual debate and despite Paul Ryan’s promise of a return to ‘regular order,’ the House has passed a hastily drafted bill in response to the largely fear-based response to Syrian refugees in the wake of the Paris attacks.

Syrian Refugees: Separating The Truth And The Facts From Myth, Paranoia, Fear, And Xenophobia

A collection of material that tries to separate the facts of the U.S. Syrian refugee screen process from the fear, myth, paranoia, and xenophobia.

On The Syrian Refugee Issue And The Internment Of Japanese-Americans During World War II

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Remarks by a Democratic politician in Virginia regarding the Administration’s Syrian refugee program have brought up disturbing reminders of a shameful time in American history.

Poll Shows Majority Of Americans Oppose Administration’s Syrian Refugee Policy

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Not surprisingly, a new poll shows that most Americans are at the very least skeptical about the Administration’s plans regarding Syrian refugees.

Paul Ryan Joins Republican Calls For Halt To Accepting Syrian Refugees

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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan is the latest Republican to call for a halt to the processing of Syrian refugees who may eventually be brought to the United States: WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan called Tuesday for the suspension of a program to accept Syrian refugees into the United States, and two […]

Jeb Bush Breaks With Most Other Republicans On Refugee Policy

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Jeb Bush seems to split with nearly all of the Republican Governors in the United States, and most of his fellow candidates for President, Jeb Bush told Bloomberg’s Mark Halperin that the United States shouldn’t bar Syrian refugees regardless of religion absent any evidence for concern: Jeb Bush said he wouldn’t ban Syrian refugees from entering the […]

War Refugees And Public Opinion: Some Historical Perspective

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In the context of the ongoing discussions about Syrian refugees, a look at some past polling about refugees from a different time and a different conflict are instructive. These tweets come from the Twitter Account Historical Opinion, which curates poll results on issues of interest from the past: US Dec 12 ’38: College students: Should […]

Thanks To Pandering And Fearmongering, Syrian Refugees Are Now Pawns In American Politics

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Syrian refugees have quickly become political footballs in the United States in the wake of the Paris attacks, and it’s become an exceedingly shameful display of pandering and fearmongering by a group of largely Republican politicians.

The 2016 GOP Race And The Battle To Define What ‘Conservative’ Means

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Much more so than in the past, the race for the Republican Presidential race has become a battle to define what it means to be a ‘conservative.’ Especially on issues like immigration and national security, one side seems to be winning the battle.

The Paris Attacks Have Made The Syrian Refugee Crisis Much More Complicated

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The news that at least some of the men who were involved in the terrorist attacks in Paris were among the refugees who have arrived in Europe since the summer is likely to complicate an already complicated situation.

Republican Voters Agree With Trump On Immigration

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A new poll shows that a near majority of Republicans agree with even some of Donald Trump’s most controversial statements on immigration.

Obama Administration’s Immigration Executive Action Suffers Another Court Defeat

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President Obama’s executive action on immigration suffered another setback in court late yesterday.

Paul Ryan’s Comments On The Likelihood Of Immigration Reform Simply Reflect Political Realty

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Paul Ryan’s admission that immigration reform will not happen as long as Barack Obama is President simply reflects the reality of immigration politics in Congress.

Ryan’s Disingenuous Dodge on Immigration

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Speaker Ryan to MTP on the subject of immigration reform: “I don’t think we can trust the president on this issue,” Ryan told NBC’s Chuck Todd. “The president has proven himself untrustworthy on this issue because he tried to unilaterally rewrite the law himself. Presidents don’t write laws. Congress does.” A couple thoughts immediately spring to […]

U.S. To Increase Number Of Syrian Refugees Accepted Into The Country

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The U.S. is set to ramp up its contribution to dealing with the Syrian refugee crisis, but there’s a lot more we can do.

Donald Trump Gets Less Support From Latino Voters Than Mitt Romney Did

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Contrary to his claims, Donald Trump would not win the Latino vote if he were the nominee. In fact, it looks like he’d end up doing much, much worse.

Scott Walker And Chris Christie Pander To Donald Trump’s Anti-Immigrant Base

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Scott Walker and Chris Christie apparently think that the key to turning around their dying campaigns is to pander to the people supporting Donald Trump’s anti-immigration platform.

Why Stop There? #BuildtheShield

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Via Huffpost Politics:  Scott Walker Open To Building Wall Along Border With Canada The Republican presidential candidate said the idea of building a northern wall was brought up to him during a recent town hall in New Hampshire. "That is a legitimate issue for us to look at," Walker said Sunday on NBC’s "Meet the […]

How Much Will Trumpism Damage The Republican Party?

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Even if Donald Trump isn’t the Republican nominee in 2016, he could still end up causing real harm to the party’s chances of winning the White House and holding on to the Senate.

Another Walker Flip-Flop On Immigration Amid Crashing Poll Numbers

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Scott Walker is flip-flopping on immigration again, while his poll numbers sink like a stone.

The “Anchor Baby” Myth

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There are no “anchor babies,” there are only Americans.

Comparative Citizenship

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If anyone is interested in the question of where the US fits in comparatively on the question of birthright citizenship the answer is:  we are in the distinction minority.  In terms of comparison to other highly developed states only the US and Canada have birthright citizenship.  On a geographical dimension, the practice is common in […]

Walker, Jindal, And Graham Endorse Donald Trump’s Plan To End Birthright Citizenship

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It will never actually happen, of course, but some of Donald Trump’s fellow candidates for President have been eager to endorse his idea to abolish birthright citizenship.

Donald Trump’s Immigration Plan As Bad As You’d Expect

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Donald Trump’s immigration plan is would create a police state, violate people’s rights, and hurt America’s economy. And his supporters will most likely love it.

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