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Florida’s Republican Legislators Are Caving To The Trump Effect

Florida’s anti-immigrant legislators are back at work in Tallahassee – and this time they are seeking to further criminalize immigrant families. Two Republican legislators, Florida Representatives Carlos Trujillo (R-Miami) and Larry Metz (R-Yalaha), have introduced legislation that has been inspired by Donald Trump’s anti-immigrant hatred and rhetoric. House Bill 9, sponsored by Representative Trujillo, is … Continue reading »

Republicans Kicked Off Their First Debate Of 2016 Like They Finished Off 2015: Out-Trumping Each Other On Immigration

Republicans kicked off their first Presidential debate of 2016 just like they finished off 2015: Trying to out-Trump each other in order to suck up to the anti-immigrant crowd that now makes up their base.   One of the most heated moments of the night came from Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz, who yet again bickered with each … Continue reading »

Sorry Gov. Haley: Entire GOP Field Following Siren Call Of “Angriest Voices” On Immigration

Ahead of Tonight’s GOP Debate in SC, Leading GOP Contenders Propose Mass Deportation or Self-Deportation During this week’s official Republican response to the State of the Union address, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley called on the country to resist “the siren call of the angriest voices” in how we welcome and treat immigrants.  The fact is that the … Continue reading »

Immigrants, Advocates Demand Sen. Rob Portman Stop Accepting Campaign Funds Raised In Trump’s Name

Today, immigrants and immigration advocates gathered at Sen. Rob Portman’s campaign offices in Cleveland and Columbus to deliver petitions calling on the him to reject all campaign funds raised in Donald Trump’s name. Why is @robportman accepting campaign support from sale of Trump merch? Ohioans want him to #dumptrump — tramontela (@tramontela) January 11, 2016 Delivering petition … Continue reading »

“We Don’t Need Muslims”: White Nationalist Group Floods Iowa Voters With Pro-Trump Robocalls

Queue up “Thank You For Being A Friend,” because Donald Trump’s pals are flooding Iowa voters with robocalls in his support as the first nominating contest in the nation approaches. The catch? These friends happen to be from a white nationalist super PAC featuring the who’s who of right-wing extremists. Portions of the message some … Continue reading »

Daughter Of Segregationist George Wallace: “There Are A Great Deal Of Similarities” Between My Dad And Donald Trump

When it comes to Donald Trump, comparisons to former Presidential candidate George Wallace are nothing new (check out Rachel Maddow’s recent take, or a powerful submission from one of our own advocates here). Those comparisons have now been validated as Wallace’s daughter and former staffers have all but proclaimed Trump as the Second Coming of the infamous segregationist. … Continue reading »

Trump Supporters To Latinos at Rally: “Mother f—ing Tacos! Go Back To Mexico! Go Back To Mexico! Nobody Wants You!”

It seems violence and hateful rhetoric follows leading Republican candidate Donald Trump wherever he travels, and his recent appearance with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Mesa, Arizona was no exception. A new WaPo piece, “Cheers, a punch, a slur. What it’s like in the crowd at a Donald Trump rally,” looks at the Trump-fueled … Continue reading »

WaPo Editorial Board: For Today’s Trumpified GOP, “Bigotry, Hatred Are The New Normal”

As Republicans have traded in self-deportation for mass-deportation, a must-read piece from the Washington Post’s Editorial Board looks at the mainstreaming of extremism within the GOP since the entrance of Donald Trump to the 2016 Presidential race. The Washington Post editorial, entitled, “For Republicans, bigotry is the new normal,” is available online here and is … Continue reading »

While Democrats Stand Up for Immigrants and Refugees, the Three GOP Frontrunners Embrace a Radical Deportation Agenda

Frank Sharry: “Let us hope the nation ultimately rejects the radicalism of the right in favor of the humanity of our ideals” The stark contrast between the two parties on immigration was on full display this week. Yesterday, speaking at a naturalization ceremony at the National Archives, President Barack Obama delivered an eloquent defense of America’s tradition … Continue reading »

“Say Bye To Latino Vote”: Twitter Reacts To Extreme Rhetoric From Last Night’s GOP Debate

Last night’s Republican Presidential debate in Las Vegas, Nevada became a race over who can go furthest to the extreme right, with leading candidates uniting as both anti-immigrant and anti-refugee. In a round-up below, journalists, immigration advocates, and others react to the radical agendas proposed by Donald Trump, Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, and others. The main #GOPDebate starts … Continue reading »