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Response to Egnever (Reply #3)

Wed May 4, 2016, 06:53 PM

7. YES, a Large Segment. Remember 2005 Immigration Bill?

Trump is hardly an outlier. About ten years ago, Congressional Republicans almost past a bill turning 11 million undocumented immigrants into felons. That was more extreme than anything that Trump has publicly proposed, and Republicans in 2004 were not loudly announcing that this was their intent if elected. Instead, back in 2004, there was a lot of dog whistles and veiled references to illegal immigrants.

Today, Trump is a lot more outspoken about his hate, and it really supercharges his supporters. Think about it. Trump has been erratic on most issues, except for being anti-immigrant. If he is elected, he will have a mandate to go after immigrants, Muslims, etc., just as far right parties in Europe have risen to prominence. The U.S. is not any different. I have no doubt that if he is elected, the bill that was defeated in 2006 would likely be reintroduced and unlike Dubya who drew a lot of Hispanic votes, Trump would owe them no loyalty whatsoever.

http://articles.latimes.com/2005/dec/15/nation/na-felons15

Illegal Immigration Could Be a Felony

WASHINGTON Under immigration legislation being considered in the House, living illegally in the United States would no longer be a violation of civil immigration law. It would be a federal crime.

But making the nation's estimated 11 million illegal immigrants into felons could deal a fatal blow to the proposed guest-worker program that is a cornerstone of President Bush's immigration overhaul, because immigrants who have committed crimes are not eligible for legal status in the United States.

The move, spearheaded by the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr. (R-Wis.), is part of a push by House Republicans to set the tone for the debate over revising immigration laws that will continue into 2006. The measure could come up as soon as today.

House Republicans want tough border security and enforcement provisions in place before discussion of a guest-worker program. Their clash with pro-business Republicans has created tensions within the party and with the administration that the House bill could intensify.

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