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Wednesday, October 07, 2015

Trump Makes Immigration a Big Issue

Donald Trump’s position paper on immigration addresses many of the immigration problems that Americans are concerned about, including the economic harm of unrestricted immigration, both illegal and legal. This subject was introduced to the presidential campaign in April when Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker said immigration should be “based on making our No.1 priority to protect American workers and their wages.” This statement proved to be very alarming to Republican donors and the Wall Street Journal’s editorial board. In a section subtitled “Put American Workers First,” Trump’s new position paper elaborates on Walker’s idea by noting that the enormous influx of foreign workers “makes it difficult for Americans – including immigrants themselves – to earn a middle class wage.” Trump would restrict the admission of low-earning workers and he would require companies to hire from the domestic pool of our own unemployed before importing foreigners to fill jobs that Americans supposedly will not do.

As for the millions of people who settled here illegally since the last amnesty, Trump said without hesitation, “They have to go. We either have a country, or we don’t have a country.” The American people are rewarding Trump for his conservative position by his rise in the polls; a Nevada poll even has him winning the Hispanic vote among Republicans.

Trump’s high profile assures that the crisis of uncontrolled immigration cannot be avoided by presidential candidates of both parties. Hillary Clinton’s promise to “go even farther” than Obama in granting legal status to millions of illegal aliens has even been challenged by the socialist Senator Bernie Sanders. It’s a good thing that Donald Trump is discussing important issues that might not otherwise be discussed in the 2016 campaign.

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