Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Trump's 'softening' on immigration may not broaden Hispanic support

Call it a pivot, a restart or just a "softening" of his stance, but pro-immigration groups are not impressed with Donald Trump's change in tone this week and his promise of new policies to handle the nation's 11 million undocumented immigrants.
"I have seen over many years when politicians get to that 'uh-oh' moment when they realize they've gone too far and they're falling over a nativist cliff," said Angela Kelley, executive director of the left-leaning Center for American Progress Action Fund. "It's too late to course correct. You just can't cover up with any amount of makeup the tattoo of xenophobia and racism that is on his forehead."
Photo: David Albers, Naples Daily News
After a year of promising to build a border wall with Mexico and deport all of the nation's undocumented immigrants, Trump has seen his poll numbers with Hispanics plummet even lower than the 27% Mitt Romney received in the 2012 election. So this week, Trump said in a series of TV interviews that he will approach the issue in a more "humane manner."
He talked about a merit system for allowing immigrants into the country and hinted, in broad terms, at offering undocumented immigrants some kind of legal status. He said they would not be eligible for U.S. citizenship, but the shift was jarring for a candidate whose candidacy was based on often hard-line rhetoric on the issue since its launch more than a year ago.
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