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Playing the Trump Card

In August, the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) published a report documenting a startling increase in immigration over the past year.  The study indicated that America’s immigrant population had grown by 1.7 million and that 44 percent of the new immigrants were from Mexico, with illegal immigration increasing during a “protracted period of legal immigration expansion.”  The CIS estimated that there are currently 42.1 million immigrants in the United States, or 13.3 percent of the population, the largest share in 105 years.  Eight out of ten of them are from the dysfunctional states of Latin America, their numbers boosted by a massive surge of illegal immigration from Mexico.

It’s against this background that the Trump campaign released what can only be described as a revolutionary policy paper on immigration.  The Trump immigration platform unapologetically stated that “A nation without borders is not a nation . . . A nation without laws is not a nation . . . A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation,” and went on to slam the Mexican government for “taking advantage” of the United States by “exporting crime and poverty,” while pledging to force Mexico City (by threatening to “impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages”) to pay for a wall at the southern border.  The paper included pledges to triple...

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