MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Trump in Mexico

By DrVMDS on August 30, 2016

MSNBC’s Alex Witt: Clinton Lead Commanding with Latinos

By DrVMDS on August 28, 2016

Trump Wants it Both Ways on Immigration

By DrVMDS on August 25, 2016

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Trump pumped up over 5,000 at a rally in Austin, Texas this week by pledging a border wall that Mexico would pay for it, and that there would be a return to lawful immigration (translation — no more executive orders protecting undocumented immigrants). Classic Trump.

But just hours before this rally Trump sang a different tune. At a pre-taped town hall hosted by Fox News’ Sean Hannity,l Trump said he would be open to softening his view on mass deportation, “There certainly can be a softening because we’re not looking to hurt people.”

So what happened to Trump’s call to reinstate President Eisenhower’s Operation Wetback that oversaw a mass deportation of Mexican immigrants? Continue Reading

MSNBC’s Morning Joe: Woes for Clinton & Trump

By DrVMDS on August 24, 2016

Why George P. Bush Swallowed Bitter Pill and Endorsed Trump

By DrVMDS on August 11, 2016

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AUSTIN, Texas — After witnessing Donald Trump bully, batter and bruise his dad, Jeb Bush, Texas Land Commissioner and the only statewide Latino elected official George P. Bush did what he had to do for political survival, endorse Trump.

In his comments to Texas Republican county chairs and state party executive committee members George P. called for party unity while noting that it was, “a bitter pill for Team Bush to swallow.” Over the course of the GOP primary Trump not only skewered Jeb Bush, but former President George W. Bush, and levied insults toward the Mexican and immigrant background of Columba Bush, the wife of Jeb and mother of George P.

If you ask me, that pill Team Bush and George P. in particular, swallowed was the nastiest, most sour horse-sized pill ever known.

But I get it. George P.’s subtle endorsement needs to be put in its context–the Texas political scene. Continue Reading

NBCLatino: Is the DNC Energizing Latino Voters

By DrVMDS on July 28, 2016

Democratic National Convention Election 2016 Briefing

By DrVMDS on July 26, 2016

Trump Ends Convention as He Started Campaign: Linking Immigrants to Crime

By DrVMDS on July 22, 2016

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CLEVELAND — Donald Trump accepted the GOP’s nomination Thursday in the same way he launched his campaign: slamming immigrants and linking them to crime.

Trump didn’t budge from his combative stance on immigration as he wrapped up the Republican National Convention in Cleveland.

He officially accepted the party’s nomination for president by telling a pumped-up crowd that the nation’s security is under threat from immigrants and illegal immigration.

“Nearly 180,000 people with criminal records ordered deported from our country are tonight roaming free to threaten peaceful citizens,” he said.

“We are going to build a great border wall,” Trump said to cheers, saying this will stop drugs, crime and violence.

Trump’s remarks were met with chants of “Build a Wall,” which has become one of the slogans of his campaign.

Trump reminded the crowd that on Monday night they heard from three people whose loved ones were murdered by immigrants not legally in the country.

“We heard from three parents whose children were killed by illegal immigrants … They are just three brave representatives of many thousands,” Trump said.

Trump’s speech topped a week of convention speakers linking immigrants in the country illegally to crime. Continue Reading

GOP Latinos See Vulnerability for Cruz, Who Said He’s Not ‘Servile Puppy Dog’

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CLEVELAND — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, one of only three Latinos in the Senate, failed Wednesday to bounce from his refusal to endorse Donald Trump at the convention, leaving many wondering if the Republican junior senator has put his 2018 political prospects in jeopardy.

His Tuesday night speech drew loud boos from Trump supporters as they realized he was not going to throw the backing behind the man who was scheduled to accept the GOP nomination for president Thursday night.

“I think this could make him vulnerable in Texas for his next senatorial election, who knows. A lot of people are talking,” said Artemio “Temo” Muniz, head of the Texas Federation for Hispanic Republicans. Continue Reading

NPR’s In The Thick Podcast: The Clash of Immigration & Affirmative Action

By DrVMDS on July 6, 2016

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