Trump Protestors Rally Ahead of South Carolina Event

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Border wall, deportation strategy would create chaos: Front Burner.

Donald Trump has exposed anew the deep rift inside the Republican Party on immigration, a break between its past and the country’s future the party itself has said it must bridge if the GOP ever hopes to win back the White House. Trump’s nativist rants have turned the 2016 GOP field into a choir of anti-immigrants, ranging from undoing the constitutionally protected birthright citizenship to deporting citizen children with their undocumented parents to keep them together.The real estate magnate made the declaration in response to a New York Times story that noted Los Angeles radio host Ricardo Sanchez has listeners who refer to Trump as “Hitler” for his remarks on immigrants.GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) – GOP presidential candidates Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are expected to headline a Capitol Hill rally against President Obama’s proposed nuclear agreement with Iran, both candidates confirmed Thursday. In a Wednesday sitdown with Bloomberg Politics, Trump said he didn’t need or want Duke’s endorsement and would repudiate it “if it would make you feel better.” Trump told reporters that “race relation problems are almost at an all-time worst” in the U.S., and that his hopes of President Obama serving as a “unifier” between whites and African-Americans did not come to fruition.

Ted Cruz may be struggling to beat Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential campaign, but he is wants to team up with him for a rally in Washington against the Iran nuclear deal. “We are talking to Ted Cruz about doing something very big over the next two weeks in Washington,” Mr. Outlined in a so-called “autopsy” of 2012 nominee Mitt Romney’s loss to President Barack Obama, it called for passing “comprehensive immigration reform” — shorthand for resolving the status of the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally. Those plans ran aground in the GOP-controlled House, falling victim to the passionate opposition among conservatives to anything they deem “amnesty” for such immigrants.

Trump, who had Univision host Jorge Ramos ejected from a news conference in Dubuque after he started asking questions about immigration without being called on, dissed Ramos as not a journalist, but an “advocate.” He also trashed hometown GOP presidential hopeful and Trump critic Lindsey Graham, who represents South Carolina in the Senate, as “out of control,”reprising his mockery of Graham’s low standing in the primary polls. Cruz’s campaign statement said the event is sponsored by Tea Party Patriots, the Center for Security Policy and the Zionist Organization of America. Some Republicans then hoped candidates with more moderate positions on immigration — such as Jeb Bush, the Spanish-speaking former Florida governor, or Sen. A Cruz campaign aide said the rally will be on the Capitol grounds in Washington “to call on members of Congress to defeat the catastrophic deal that the Obama Administration has struck with the Islamic Republic of Iran.” This is not the first time that Mr. Kidd added that Trump was “like George Wallace,” the former Alabama governor and presidential candidate known for his outspoken conservative rhetoric and segregationist views.

For more than two decades, I have worked for immigrants’ rights and led campaigns to strengthen Latino voters’ influence in elections in key states, as we did in the 2012 presidential election. Trump, even as other 2016 candidates have been lashing out at him for provocative immigration policies and his past support for liberal policies and Democratic candidates.

For decades, Republicans and Democrats treated immigration as a three-legged stool: one leg for earned legalization with a path to citizenship for immigrants without documents; another for future immigrant workers to feed the U.S. economy, whether in the agricultural or high-technology fields; and the third leg, border security with more manpower and technology. But the Harvard-trained lawyer and former Supreme Court clerk offers polish and a record on immigration policy that’s based in his personal background.

While Walker later backed off, Cruz has refused to join with those who criticized Trump after he called immigrants from Mexico rapists and criminals. “Other campaigns should look at incorporating what he’s saying,” said South Carolina Rep. Denying the undocumented a chance to come out of the shadows and earn legal status, or delaying expansion of available visas for future workers, would grow the underground economy, exploit workers and keep wages down for all Americans. He said he doesn’t know how Trump’s proposals are playing with Hispanics, but said his message “resonates with average Americans.” Trump mixes his boasts on immigration, including his pledge to build a “beautiful” wall on the nation’s Southern border to stop illegal crossings, with talk about how he’ll focus on jobs if elected president, which would be a boon for minorities who endure higher rates of unemployment.

But Ferrel Guillory, a longtime political observer at the University of North Carolina, said it is rhetoric that nonetheless “signals to white voters, especially through the immigration issue.” The billionaire businessman has frequently referred to his supporters as the “silent majority,” a phrase used by Richard Nixon as part of his “Southern strategy” to bolster support from working class white voters in the 1968 and 1972 elections. Meanwhile, ramped-up work-site enforcement would create labor shortages in agriculture and other industries, tear families apart and cause social and economic chaos. But as the country grows increasingly diverse, winning the majority of white voters — which may yield victories in the GOP primaries — is no longer enough to power a candidate to success in the general election. It was the worst performance from a Republican candidate among Hispanic voters in a decade, and Obama swept every competitive state in the nation save North Carolina.

That’s undoubtedly why Hillary Rodham Clinton, the front-runner for the Democratic nomination, has argued that there’s little difference between Trump and the other GOP candidates on immigration. Another exaggeration from the candidate who said Mexican immigrants are criminals and rapists, though research shows immigrants are less likely than native-born citizens to commit crimes.

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