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The Fossilization of Donald Trump’s Views on Immigration Complete

Written by on September 1, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
The Fossilization of Donald Trump’s Views on Immigration Complete

Recent rumors that Donald Trump was considering “softening” his immigration policy positions were nothing but a ruse. In fact, what has happened in the past few days has been a hardening, and ultimately a fossilization, of Trump’s previously stated positions on immigration. On Wednesday night in Phoenix, Trump gave a speech where he doubled down […]

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Why Going Home First to Get Legal Status (“Touchback”) Makes No Sense

Written by on August 30, 2016 in Elections, Enforcement, Interior Enforcement with 0 Comments
Why Going Home First to Get Legal Status (“Touchback”) Makes No Sense

No one is quite sure where Donald Trump stands on immigration anymore. More precisely, experts are trying to divine what Trump would do with the 11 million undocumented immigrants now living in the country. When he first launched his campaign, Trump proposed a “deportation force” that would, presumably, expel undocumented immigrants—and their U.S.-citizen children—from the […]

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Softening Rhetoric but No Immigration Policy Shift From Donald Trump

Written by on August 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Softening Rhetoric but No Immigration Policy Shift From Donald Trump

When it comes to immigration, Donald Trump is big on rhetoric and short on substance. This is why no one is quite sure what to make of Trump’s change in tone as to what should be done about the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the United States. In an August 24 town hall-style […]

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No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

Written by on August 24, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
No Pivot Here: Donald Trump’s Rhetorical Tricks on Immigration

The media has swooned over a few vague statements made of late by presidential candidate Donald Trump. He has spent the past few days hinting that he may “soften” his immigration policy with respect to the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the United States. Up until very recently he has said  that undocumented immigrants […]

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Will a Questionnaire Catch a Terrorist? Donald Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” Plan

Written by on August 23, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Will a Questionnaire Catch a Terrorist? Donald Trump’s “Extreme Vetting” Plan

One of Donald Trump’s more recent, outrageous ideas having to do with immigration is to conduct what he calls “extreme vetting” of prospective immigrants to the United States. The basic idea is to weed out those would-be immigrants “who support bigotry and hatred,” and the main target of this turbo-charged vetting is anyone who happens […]

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Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

Written by on August 16, 2016 in Border Enforcement, Elections, Enforcement with 0 Comments
Donald Trump’s Shortsighted Immigration Plans Won’t Secure the Homeland

As any serious national security expert will tell you, trying to find a potential terrorist by treating all immigrants or Muslims as security risks is far too vague to be effective. Accurate intelligence and effective information-sharing across agencies is the key to national security—not profiling. Yet in a bombastic August 15 speech, Republican presidential nominee […]

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Lincoln v. Trump on Immigration

Written by on August 2, 2016 in Elections, History of Immigration with 0 Comments
Lincoln v. Trump on Immigration

Although much has been written about how the party of Abraham Lincoln became the party of Donald Trump, one additional area where these two men parted ways is immigration. The world of today is different from the world in which Abraham Lincoln lived or could have imagined. And I know full well the perils of […]

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Humayun Khan and America’s Debt to Foreign-Born Service Members

Written by on August 1, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Humayun Khan and America’s Debt to Foreign-Born Service Members

Khizr and Ghazala Khan appeared at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia last week to honor their son Capt. Humayun Khan, who was killed in Iraq in 2004 while serving in the U.S. Army. The controversy that followed could not have been predicted with the Republican candidate attacking the Khan’s who have continued to forcefully […]

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Democratic National Convention Highlights the Need for Immigration Reform

Written by on July 29, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
Democratic National Convention Highlights the Need for Immigration Reform

Hillary Rodham Clinton accepted the nomination to serve as the Democratic Party’s pick for President Thursday night in Philadelphia, making her the first woman to ever top a mayor party ticket. Throughout the week-long Democratic National Convention, immigration was showcased as both a proud part of America’s history and an issue in critical need of […]

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How the Democratic Party Platform Addresses Immigration

Written by on July 25, 2016 in Elections with 0 Comments
How the Democratic Party Platform Addresses Immigration

In contrast to the Republican Party Platform on immigration released last week, which was generally negative on immigration and lacked any practical ideas for reforming U.S. immigration, the recently released Democratic Party Platform discusses immigration as a positive for America and identifies specific policy fixes to help update our outdated immigration system. As the platform […]

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