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Must Reads by Dara Lind and Greg Sargent: Trump’s Immigration Dance Does Not Add Up to a Policy Pivot

Earlier this week, Frank Sharry argued that Donald Trump was attempting to “cynically repackage a truly radical policy to make it more palatable to suburban white voters rightfully turned off by Trump’s explicit racism and nativism. But the underlying deportation-focused policy doesn’t seem to be evolving alongside the rhetorical tweaks.” Others have argued that Trump’s rhetorical shift … Continue reading »

National Leaders Respond: How Is Trump’s Latino and African American Outreach Going?

Following Donald Trump’s immigration focused town hall with Sean Hannity this week and purported campaign decision to re-engage with African American and Latino voters, some of the nation’s leading immigration advocates and experts along with leading civil rights voices gave their take on how his new campaign strategy is working. For a recording of today’s call, … Continue reading »

Amidst Trump’s “Immigration Week,” Leading Immigration Reform Advocates Discuss State of the Race

Following part one of Trump’s immigration focused town halland amidst Trump’s “immigration week,” leaders in the immigration reform movement gathered to analyze the current state of the 2016 race and the immigrant community’s priorities for these elections. A recording of today’s call is available here. César J. Blanco, Interim Director, Latino Victory Fund, said “As far as … Continue reading »

Trump’s Immigration Town Hall: New Language, Same Policy

Last night, during a Fox News town hall hosted by Sean Hannity, Donald Trump tried to reboot his outreach to moderate voters – or, as the Washington Post phrases it today, “counter the view of many that he is ‘racist.’” While some media assessments assert Trump is pivoting on policy, we beg to differ. Trump did not break new policy ground last … Continue reading »

Tectonic Demographic Shift in NC Electorate Spells Doom for GOP’s Divisive Agenda

While Donald Trump’s rallies in North Carolina have become infamous this election cycle for their xenophobic and divisive rhetoric and frequent outbursts of violence, the more significant story may prove to be a tectonic, though silent, shift in the North Carolina electorate that strongly rejects the extreme agenda of Donald Trump and the North Carolina … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Greg Sargent Captures That Trump Immigration “Softening” Is Rhetorical Sales Job, Not Actual Policy Shift

In analysis titled, “Can Trump Convince Suburban Voters He’s Not a Racist?” the Washington Post’s Greg Sargent captures the motivations behind Donald Trump’s supposed immigration “pivot,” recognizing that it’s a rhetorical sales job designed to shore up support from wavering white voters rather than an actual policy shift. Sargent writes: “The Washington Post politics team has a great piece of reporting this … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry: Trump Campaign’s Immigration Move is a Rhetorical Shift, Not a Policy Shift

Goal is to Appeal to Suburban Voters While Maintaining Support from Nativists The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, assessing the significance of Donald Trump’s latest immigration comments, delivered last night on “The O’Reilly Factor”: “There is much talk about how Trump and his campaign are preparing to pivot on … Continue reading »

Kicking off Trump’s “Immigration Week,” Experts Discuss Implications of Breitbart-Led Presidential Campaign for Broader GOP

As the Trump campaign kicks off “immigration week” and amid conflicting stories about Donald Trump’s stance on immigration, legal experts and civil rights and immigration reform advocates discussed the implications for the Republican Party of both a Breitbart-speared campaign and the Trump-led rise of the white nationalist movement. For a recording of today’s call, click here. Heidi Beirich, Head of … Continue reading »

Frank Sharry Reacts to Trump’s Immigration Controversy

The following is a statement from Frank Sharry, Executive Director of America’s Voice, reacting to the conflicting stories about Donald Trump and immigration after the candidate’s meeting with Hispanic supporters on Saturday. “Despite new reports from Trump that he is not, in fact, pivoting on immigration, it really doesn’t matter if he tries. He’s already defined himself with Latino … Continue reading »

ICYMI: Greg Sargent: “Trump’s ugly and dishonest new TV ad shows he isn’t changing a thing”

Maya Angelou: “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time” This morning, Trump released his first general election ad, relying heavily on the nativist rhetoric that has been so central to his campaign: “Syrian refugees flood in. Illegal immigrants convicted of committing crimes get to stay, collecting Social Security benefits, skipping the … Continue reading »