August 19, 2015

THE DAMAGE THE GOVERNOR WILL HAVE TO REPAIR:

For Hispanic Conservatives, Alarm Over Immigration Debate (AARON ZITNER, 8/19/15, WSJ)

When Donald Trump used the word "criminals" to describe illegal immigrants from Mexico, the Republican National Hispanic Assembly called his comments "extremely counterproductive."

Now, listen to the more personal language that Gonzalo Ferrer, the national chairman of the group, uses to describes Mr. Trump's most recent contributions to the immigration debate: "Extremely bigoted, offensive to all Hispanic-Americans, unconstitutional . . . and self-defeating."

Mr. Trump, he said, shows "reckless disregard for the harm he is causing to Republican Hispanic-American families and to the Republican cause."

These are troubling days for many people trying to promote the Republican Party and conservative ideals to Hispanic voters. Concern over the tone adopted by some GOP candidates has turned to alarm.



Trump Takes GOP Down the 14th Amendment Rabbit Hole (Jonathan S. Tobin, 08.19.2015, Commentary)

Last month the debate about illegal immigration shifted sharply against those who believed indifference or even resistance to attempts to enforce the rule of law. The murder of a San Francisco woman by an illegal immigrant who had been released by authorities acting on the authority of a sanctuary city law highlighted a serious problem. Liberals, including Hillary Clinton, found themselves on the defensive with no way to explain why Democrats had backed such clearly dangerous proposals. But today Americans woke up to a new immigration debate and the 14th Amendment that has given the left back the moral high ground and put Republicans in the soup. Donald Trump has wrongly claimed credit for putting illegal immigration back on the nation's front burner. But it must be acknowledged that he deserves all the blame for this one. By proposing an end to birthright citizenship and wrongly claiming that the courts have never ruled on whether it applies even to the children of foreigners born in the United States, he has led the GOP down a rabbit hole from which there may be no escape. Thanks to the Donald, Americans have stopped worrying about sanctuary cities or even how best to secure the border and instead are the astonished onlookers to a sterile debate about stripping native-born Americans of their citizenship and fantasies about deporting 11 million illegals.

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