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Your Chance to Message Trump

Donald Trump is hosting a survey asking us what points he should make in his debates with Hillary. (Sept 26, Oct 9, 19; VP debate, Oct 4) The survey doesn’t just let you pick from multiple choice canned answers to finely spun questions, but lets you write your own answers to unusually spin-free questions. The […]

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Trump is Against Legal Immigration Too

By Alex Nowrasteh – When I criticize Donald Trump’s immigration policy proposals, the most common response is some variant of “Trump is against ILLEGAL immigration, not LEGAL immigration. Get your facts straight.” Although Trump makes contradictory statements on many topics, allowing virtually any supporter to find a quote in support of his or her preferred policy […]

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“Never Trump” and the Bible

Do delegates to the July 18-21 Republican Convention, who are “bound” to vote for Trump, have the legal right to vote differently from the first ballot? If they do, will it be politically smart for delegates to vote differently than the majority of voters sending them to Cleveland? Does God have an opinion about any […]

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President Obama’s mixed legacy on immigration

By Alex Nowrasteh – President Obama has a mixed record on immigration. On one hand, he is the most stringent enforcer of immigration laws in American history — far outstripping the deportation numbers of the George W. Bush and earlier administrations. On the other hand, his executive actions have helped shield large swaths of illegal […]

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Trump Is the Nativist Dream Candidate

By Alex Nowrasteh – Donald Trump’s win in Indiana has practically clinched the Republican nomination. Since July 2015, Trump has led in most polls of GOP candidates. Immigration restrictionism is his most popular policy position. That position and the way he’s talked about it have defined his candidacy and set him apart from the get […]

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Gary Johnson for President

Immigrants and their friends look to Democrats and see presidential candidates whose words are often quite friendly but whose votes have been terrifying; and to Republicans and see two candidates whose words are terrifying, and whose deeds – well, Cruz’ are even more terrifying, and Trump, who knows what he will do? By Dave Leach, […]

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Personal to Ted Cruz

Ted Cruz sent me an email today asking for money. What was different was that it begins: “Ted Cruz Personal Email — May Include Privileged Communication” By Dave Leach, April 18, 2016 Dreaming about really writing a personal letter to Cruz, I wrote the rest of the day. Until more email with the same message […]

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The Refugee Crisis & Why America is Different: Part II

This post was originally hosted at Musings On the Right. In the last essay, I wrote about the value of cultural assimilation, as well as the role that culture plays in both negative and positive policy outcomes. Given this fact, it seems that Europe, and soon America, will face a major challenge. As the Near East […]

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The Real Threat to America Is Not Immigrants, but Ourselves

By Marian L. Tupy and Alex Nowrasteh – Donald Trump’s ascendancy in the race for the GOP’s presidential nomination has placed immigration in the center of our political discourse. Writing in defense of Trump’s anti-immigrant views, Pat Buchanan, himself an erstwhile GOP presidential candidate, warned, “Will the West endure or disappear by the century’s end as […]

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Linda Vega: The Creation of a new GOP: FrankenTRUMP

By Linda Vega – Politics, in America, have changed and are now deciding how a SUPER POWER, our country, will be led by an unknown, self-proclaimed demagogue contender who champions himself as the one who will make “American Great Again.” In 2008, we heard similar rhetoric from a candidate who promised us hope and change […]

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