Status Of Four Million Immigrants On The Ballot

With the short-handed Supreme Court’s 4-4 decision effectively stripping four million immigrants of executive protection from deportation, the stakes of November’s presidential election for immigrant families became even more apparent today.

American Bridge Vice President Eddie Vale issued the following statement in response to the decision. “Senate Republicans continue to obstruct Merrick Garland’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Their motivation is to hold the ninth seat on the court open for a Justice appointed by Donald Trump–a man who wants to deport 11 million people. The future of millions of American families is on the ballot in November.”

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Hey Paul Ryan, Trump’s Attacks On Judge Curiel Aren’t New

Just one day after announcing his endorsement of Donald Trump, House Speaker Paul Ryan is acting surprised by Trump’s attack on Judge Gonzalo Curiel, saying “the comment about the judge the other day just was out of left field.

Ryan can pretend he didn’t see this coming, but this isn’t the first time Trump has attacked Hispanics and Latinos — this isn’t even the first time he’s attacked Judge Curiel for his “Mexican heritage.” 

In February, Trump hit the judge at a rally saying, “there’s a hostility toward me by the judge, tremendous hostility, beyond belief––I believe he happens to be Spanish, which is fine, he’s Hispanic.”

The next day, he was asked about it on both Fox News Sunday:

And Meet The Press:

And just last week, Trump attacked Judge Curiel three times at his rally in San Diego:

Ryan isn’t fooling anyone — Trump’s xenophobic and discriminatory comments are nothing […]

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Paul Ryan Says Trump — Yes, That Trump — Has A “Very Good Personality”

While Paul Ryan didn’t take the final jump and formally endorse Donald Trump, he made it abundantly clear that he has no issue with Trump’s xenophobic and misogynistic personality, saying Trump is a “very warm and genuine person” with a “very good personality.”

That doesn’t say much about Ryan’s judgment, because here’s what Paul Ryan’s calling “good” and warm”:

Trump’s xenophobia and hateful anti-immigrant rhetoric

“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists.”

Trump’s abhorrent Muslim ban

“Donald J. Trump is calling for a total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States, until our country’s representatives can figure out what the hell is going on.”

Trump’s unapologetic misogyny

Refusing to apologize for calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals.”

Trump’s mocking of individuals with disabilities

“Now the poor guy, you gotta see this guy…”

Trump’s insulting of John McCain and prisoners of war

“He’s not a war […]

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Presumptive GOP Nominee Donald Trump Still Unfit To Be Commander In Chief

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement on presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump’s wins tonight:

“Even as the GOP establishment has rallied behind Donald Trump over the last week, he’s continued to prove himself a danger to our country. Trump is as unfit as ever to be commander in chief and his candidacy continues to be a national embarrassment.”

Watch “The Trump Doctrine,” featuring the low-lights of Trump’s dangerous and amateurish foreign policy agenda, here:

Watch “Trump’s Harsh Minimum Wage Reality,” on Trump’s consistent opposition to a minimum wage increase, here:

Watch “Trump’s Losing Hand,” an overview of Trump’s misogynistic rhetoric and anti-women policy agenda, here:

Watch “Republicanos Hispanos No Apoyan A Trump,” featuring Latino Republicans who don’t support Trump, here:

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Trump Supporter John Kasich Is No Moderate

John Kasich this morning intends to juxtapose “Two Paths” for America; his, of “optimism,” and Donald Trump’s “path to darkness.” Kasich seems to think he has a lofty and pure moral standing over Trump just because he hasn’t repugnantly mocked another candidate’s wife on Twitter.

Good for him — but John Kasich is no better than Donald Trump. Kasich’s “zero chance” quip ruling out a run as Trump’s VP means nothing. Because so long as John Kasich refuses to revoke his support for Trump as the GOP nominee, Kasich is enabling Trump and his xenophobia and misogyny.

John Kasich continues to tolerate and accept Trump at his worst rhetorically, and he’s just as right-wing as Trump when it comes to policy:

Extreme anti-choice positions: As governor of Ohio, Kasich has “signed and supported some of the most stringent anti-abortion legislation in the country.” Kasich signed 16 antiabortion measures between 2011 and 2015, including a […]

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Cruz Is Indistinguishable From Trump On Immigration

Ted Cruz was faced with a supporter who told his story about needing immigrant workers to support his dairy farm, but instead of facing facts, Cruz repeated his rote points about securing the border and attacking immigrants.

More so than any other candidate in the GOP field, Ted Cruz has copied Donald Trump’s flagrant anti-immigrant rhetoric and adopted his hard-line anti-immigrant policies as his own. Ted Cruz:

Opposes a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants;
Opposes DACA and the DREAM Act;
Says that he will use Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to “look for” and forcibly deport the 11 million undocumented immigrants living in the U.S.;
Supported Arizona’s “Papers Please” law;
Suggested that immigrants are responsible for the opioid epidemic; and,
Seems to support self-deportation.

Don’t waste your time looking for daylight between Trump and Cruz’s extreme anti-immigrant views, because there’s no difference and Ted Cruz is actually trying to run to the right of the […]

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Donald Trump’s Nativist Fearmongering

Donald Trump’s new plan to limit legal immigration is front and center at tonight’s CNN debate.

Trump has made hardline anti-immigrant policies a litmus test in the 2016 Republican presidential primary. He’s recognized the GOP base’s red meat cravings, and eagerly fed them as much inflammatory rhetoric as they can handle. Trump’s nativist strategy is to alienate, marginalize, and exclude — and each and every day he goes a step further, with the rest of the Republican field following him in near-lockstep.

Donald Trump’s the GOP’s xenophobic bigot-in-chief. To call his anti-immigrant rhetoric repugnant is an understatement. Trump’s demagogic fearmongering and shameless appeals to the GOP’s base’s anti-immigrant biases and fears is appalling. Trump:

Began his campaign by characterizing immigrants are “rapists” and criminals who are bringing drugs and crime;

Blames undocumented immigrants and the “open border” for the opioid epidemic;

Called for ending 14th Amendment-guaranteed birthright citizenship, and denigrated American citizens born to immigrant parents […]

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With Legal Immigration Cuts, Trump Somehow Finds Room To Run Further To The Right

In search of a right-wing immigration policy that will allow him to call far-right Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio “weak” on immigration policy, Donald Trump is — like Scott Walker and Rick Santorum before him — calling for hard limits on legal immigration.

Yes, Donald Trump’s latest maneuvering to the right on immigration is straight out of anti-legal immigration “torch-bearer” Rick Santorum’s playbook

Trump’s left behind his days of pretending its just undocumented immigrants he has a problem with — now he’s going after immigrants who come to the U.S. legally, promising to “get immigration numbers under control.”

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Four Candidates On Stage, Only One Immigration Policy: Trump’s

Sorry Megyn Kelly, there’s hardly any choice between the anti-immigrant plans from Republicans on stage tonight.

There are four candidates left in the race for the GOP nomination — but in terms of immigration policy and rhetoric, there might as well only be one: Donald Trump.

Trump’s push to “build the wall” has gone from farcical to the motto of every GOP presidential candidate. From “anchor babies” to “rapists,” Trump’s offensive and incendiary rhetoric has spread like wildfire. Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have spent months running to the right in an attempt to catch Trump, and even “moderate” Kasich wants to finish “the wall.”

The lessons from 2012 aren’t forgotten — they’re under siege. The Republican Party is still pushing the exact same xenophobic and hateful anti-immigrant policies.

Here’s how Cruz, Rubio, and Kasich are emulating Trump’s immigration plan:

Last week, Ted Cruz ran hard to the right on immigration and proposed using Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to  Read more after the jump.

Months Later, Rubio & Cruz Still Chasing Trump Rightward On Immigration

Donald Trump at tonight’s CNN debate made sure everyone knows that the far-right swing for every Republican running for president, opposing a path to citizenship and ending President Obama’s protections for DREAMers, came because of him.

Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio have for months worked to prove that they’re as anti-immigrant as Donald Trump. They’ve co-opted Trump’s inflammatory rhetoric and policy positions, and on some issues have bafflingly even sought to run to his right. And when they do it, Trump comes right back and says, “No, I’m worse than they are.” Don’t bother trying to distinguish between these xenophobic clowns on immigration, it’s a waste of time.

In the last ten days alone, Ted Cruz has pledged to use Immigration and Customs Enforcement to forcibly deport 11 million undocumented immigrants, and Marco Rubio has promised to end DACA on day one. After months of the same xenophobic talking points, it’s become dangerously […]

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