Immigration in the Presidential Campaign

vote_here_signIt now appears certain that the presidential campaign will be between Donald Trump and Hilary Clinton. It is equally certain that there will be hundreds of politicians, pundits and celebrities lining up behind the two candidates. None will likely have more clout than President Obama. And he has already started criticizing the Republican nominee.

The Hill newspaper reports Obama’s remarks to a gathering of Asian-American students and leaders on May 4 in which he made a veiled reference to Trump as anti-immigrant. He said, “We’ve got to push back against anti-immigrant sentiment in all of its forms.”

This is, of course, a misdirection that Obama has practiced before, and one we may expect to hear increasingly from him and the Clinton campaign leading up to the election.

The obvious deception is the failure to distinguish between legal immigrants, who are invited to join our society following screening specified by the law, and those who dishonor our laws by bypassing the legal screening and illegally taking up residence.

The negative impacts and threat represented by illegal immigration is a subject that is a valid issue in the presidential debate because there are polar differences between the Trump and Clinton platforms on this issue. But, rather that address those differences, the remarks of the president foreshadow the likelihood that calls to enhance enforcement against illegal immigration will be met with an effort to shift the focus to legal immigration and to dismiss anyone questioning current immigration policies as ‘anti-immigrant’.

About Author


Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).


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    Too many advocating legal immigrants form third-world countries with intentions of destroying Western culture.

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    American Taxpayer on

    FAIR continues to pay too much attention to the ills of illegal immigration while largely ignoring the much bigger problem: FAR TOO MUCH MASSIVE LEGAL IMMIGRATION.

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    EngineerGuySE on

    [This is a lot of links – and we have edited them down – if you have a blog site that has them all that you want to link to that may be better for future postings. Thanks, ed]

    Help me out … . I’m facing a dilemma in the coming election
    Hillary Clinton is not getting my vote because of the following:

    Hillary Clinton does Not support the American worker!
    Lou Dobbs — Hillary’s Hypocrisy: Part 1,2


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    The Donald Took the Majority Republican Latino Vote in Arizona

    The Trump Democrats will leave Hillary like rats from a crooked pirate ship and many will vote Trump.

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      I’m one of those Democrats that will be voting for Trump. I have been against mass immigration since the 1970’s. In those days the big immigrant group was the Iranians, after the iranians took the hostages the new cheap labor source was the Indians. My views on immigration have not changed but it is the Democrat party’s views that have changed. I don’t know of one blue collar worker who is voting for Clinton. Where I see her support is among government workers and teachers. Another group of support is the everyday female who will vote for her because she is a female, kinda like it is some mysterious sisterhood bonding. These same fems cannot be swayed by facts on immigration, genital mutilation, rape etc. Since civil service protects government workers they could give a rats backside about the effects of immigration on the American public. They kind of have this “let ’em eat cake” attitude to common working American struggling to compete in the job market flooded with cheap, compliant foreign labor.

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        Those are Old Kennedy and Nixon Values Too

        Amnesty is a Clinton issue supported…..Trump’s fair trade is considered LIBERAL BTW too…..are the Democrats LIBERALS or CONSERVATIVES? How about both the establishment Dem/Reps are FASCISTS.

        GO TRUMP!