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Must-Reads on Trump’s Xenophobia: Matt Barreto Predicts it Will Backfire; Greg Sargent Challenges Us to Hold Trump Responsible if it Does

Today’s must-read pieces come from Matt Barreto of Latino Decisions and Greg Sargent of the Washington Post. With Trump dominating the newscycle in recent days with his xenophobia and mendacity, Barreto cites extensive polling evidence and recent races to predict Trump’s fear mongering won’t work and Sargent challenges the political class to conclude that Trump’s … Continue reading »

Trump’s Immigration Policy Has Failed. Instead of Changing it, He’s Exploiting It for Political Gain

Blatant Lies and Racism Central to His Divide and Distract Strategy President Trump’s closing argument for the midterms is clear: lie, stoke fear, and whip up a race-baiting frenzy over border security, immigration and a caravan of Central Americans seeking safety and opportunity. It’s almost as if he’s a bystander and a carnival barker who … Continue reading »

Washington Post Editorial: “Trump’s response to the migrant caravan will only make things worse”

In a new editorial, the Washington Post responds to Trump’s frenzied and cynical exploitation of the caravan. The Post’s editorial is below and available online here. With each passing day, President Trump makes clearer his delight in the political advantage he may extract from the migrant caravan heading north through Mexico. His enthusiasm for forging … Continue reading »

Trump’s Closes on “Fear, Laced With Falsehoods and Racially-tinged Rhetoric” — and Some Leading Journos Get it Right

Some influential media observers, such as the Washington Post’s media columnist Margaret Sullivan, have criticized the media for repeating Trump’s lies about immigration and the caravan. As Sullivan wrote in a tweet accompanying her column, “By picking up the language of “caravan crisis” and “onslaught” — and by allowing themselves to be manipulated — the … Continue reading »

Trump’s Closing Argument is Clear: Play the Race Card in Order to Divide and Distract Voters

Trump wants to exploit this issue, not solve it. As President Trump stokes fears and tries to whip up a frenzy over border security, immigration and a caravan of Central Americans seeking safety and opportunity, here is our take: Trump wants to exploit this issue, not solve it. Trump’s frenzy over the issue is ugly, … Continue reading »

ICYMI: WaPo Editorial: “The Migrant Caravan Is a Distraction”

As the media focuses on the caravan of a few hundred Central Americans, a new Washington Post editorial cautions us with a warning: don’t be distracted; keep focused on the facts and the Administration’s excesses, especially the separation of minor children from their parents for the purpose of deterring asylum-seekers. The entire editorial is available online here and excerpted below: … Continue reading »

When People Fleeing Abuse Legally Seek Humanitarian Protection at US Borders, The Administration Should Properly Apply the Law and Not Refuse to Administer It

The New York Times reports that around 200 people, mostly women and children fleeing violence, have arrived at the U.S.-Mexico border after a very long and very public journey to seek protection from violent situations in their home countries. Kirk Semple and Miriam Jordan report, “A long, grueling journey gave way to what could be a long, uncertain … Continue reading »

WaPo’s Eugene Robinson: “If the subjects of Trump’s demagoguery were summarily denied entry, as he apparently would like, most would be forced to go home and some would be killed. That would be a terrible stain on the nation’s conscience.”

Eugene Robinson’s latest column in the Washington Post is entitled “The immigrant ‘caravan’ is a test. Trump wants us to fail.” He puts the current caravan of Central Americans in historical context and calls on America to avoid the injustices of the past and live up to our ideals as a leader in the post-World War II … Continue reading »