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Was Immigration The Top Topic At The Debate

The first Republican debate addressed abortion rights, ISIS, and the Common Core. But immigration seemed to steal the evening, fueled by Donald's Trumps opinions. Was immigration the #1 topic?

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last 24 hours | cbsnews
What the GOP candidates said about immigration in their first debate - CBS News

"...Immigration came up frequently during the first Republican debate - in fact during the airing of the debate on Fox News, Google Trends data showed that immigration was its fourth most-searched GOP debate issue.On stage Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker defended his shift in immigration views, saying he no longer supports a pathway to citizenship because he "actually listened to the American people."He laid out his own immigration policy proposals, saying he would "secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with a legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages."..." see full article


1225 days ago | blog.chron
Hispanic media debate coverage falls into the immigration, Trump loop - Chron.com (blog)
"...The Hispanic media coverage of the first Republican debates on Thursday night ran heavily with news about Donald Trump, and the topic of immigration was impossible to avoid. Of course Trump may have grabbed much of Spanish-language media headlines for his remarks about Mexico being cunning for sending over bad people. Hispanic publications, as most of the mainstream news media, said that Trump stole the show.But as the Los Angeles Times reported early last month, this election cycle is a unique time for Spanish-language media. With a record 28 million Latinos eligible to vote, Spanish-language media companies are set to have their greatest impact yet in shaping a presidential race, the report said. Their advocacy stance has been on display as the campaign heats up, with reporters grilling candidates on issues of special importance to the Latino community, especially immigration. ..." see full article


1225 days ago | msnbc
Anti-immigrant debate shows GOP still hasn't learned from 2012 defeat - MSNBC

"...There were 10 Republican hopefuls on stage last night. Not one took issue with Trump's ludicrous contention that the immigration problems in the United States can be solved by building a wall. Not one pointed out that illegal immigration has fallen to its lowest levels in 20 years and that the nation's undocumented population has dropped by 1 million since 2007. And, sadly, not one offered a detailed, thoughtful policy proposal in response to Trump's doubling down on his hateful message about Mexican immigrants. To the contrary, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who is by many considered a thoughtful, moderate presidential contender, pandered to Trump on immigration, declaring that he is touching a nerve because people want the wall to be built. They want to see an end to illegal immigration. They want to see it, and we all do. But we all have different ways of getting there. And you're going to hear from all of us tonight about what our ideas are. ..." see full article


1225 days ago | defenseone
National Security: Top Issue for GOP Voters, Sideshow in Debate
"...At the debate, hosted Thursday night by Fox News in Cleveland, the president and leading Democratic candidate to replace him were portrayed as the country's main foreign-policy problem as much as the Islamic State, and far more so than Russia, which top military leaders have recently called the No. 1 threat, or other challenges. Several repeated familiar stump-speech criticisms of the Obama-Clinton doctrine for leading from behind and pursuing  disengagement. Everywhere in the world that Hillary Clinton touched is more messed up today, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker interjected in a question to Donald Trump. He said Persian Gulf leaders told him disengagement is the greatest challenge in the world today Iran deal aside. But he added the U.S.needs allies not just in Israel. ..." see full article


1225 days ago | businessinsider
What the GOP candidates will likely be talking about in the first big debate of 2016

"...If the last election cycle is any indication, two topics will be at the forefront: the economy and national security/foreign policy.According to data compiled by The Winston Group, more than a quarter of the 719 questions asked of candidates during the 2012 debates were on the economy. Another 20% of the questions involved national security.Both the economy and national security are set to be key issues again in the 2016 election, which will feature 17 major candidates. And it's likely that the top 10 candidates who made the debate stage as well as the seven who will participate in a separate debate will be asked plenty of questions about the economy at large and America's role in an increasingly active foreign-policy stage...." see full article


1225 days ago | rawstory
Donald Trump rails against immigrants at GOP debate: Mexico is too clever for ... - Raw Story

"...Donald Trump refused once again on Thursday to back away from his characterization of undocumented immigrants as being criminals and rapists, saying that he was assured of this by Border Patrol people. Our leaders are stupid. Our politicians are stupid, Trump said during a Republican presidential candidate debate on Thursday. And the Mexican government is much smarter, much sharper, much more cunning and they send the bad ones over because they don't want to pay for them. They don't want to take care of them. Why should they when the stupid leaders of the United States will do it for them? And that's what's happening, whether you like it or not. ..." see full article


1225 days ago | msnbc
Immigration issues dominate opening GOP presidential debate - MSNBC

"...Immigration issues dominated the first Republican presidential debate of the season, pitting GOP candidates against one another in addressing the millions of undocumented immigrants with firm roots in the United States.Looming over the debate was real estate mogul and billionaire Donald Trump, who basked in his center podium placement on the debate stage, defying odds by leading national polls. Trump claimed credit for making immigration a major campaign issue after his now infamous speech announcing his candidacy in June, calling immigrants from Mexico drug dealers and rapists. If it weren't for me, you wouldn't even be talking about illegal immigration, Trump said. This was not a subject that was on anybody's mind until I brought it up at my announcement. ..." see full article


1225 days ago | thedailybeast
Memo to Trump and His GOP Debate Buddies: Quit Lying About Immigrants - Daily Beast

"...If immigrants, including masses of illegal aliens from Mexico, are so damned dangerous, why isn't Trump's hometown of New York City the scariest hellhole in the country? Why is it, in fact, one of the safest big cities in the United States?After all, almost 40 percent of the Big Apple's population was not born in the USA. The Mexican community, particularly, has grown tremendously over the last two decades, from a few tens of thousands to more than 300,000, according to census figures, and 500,000 by some unofficial estimates. Yet violent crime statistics, particularly homicides, have declined to record lows...." see full article


1225 days ago | thedailybeast
Memo to Trump and His GOP Debate Buddies: Quit Lying About Immigrants - Daily Beast

"...Here's a question nobody's going to ask Donald Trump and the wannabe presidents onstage with him Thursday night:If immigrants, including masses of illegal aliens from Mexico, are so damned dangerous, why isn't Trump's hometown of New York City the scariest hellhole in the country? Why is it, in fact, one of the safest big cities in the United States?After all, almost 40 percent of the Big Apple's population was not born in the USA. The Mexican community, particularly, has grown tremendously over the last two decades, from a few tens of thousands to more than 300,000, according to census figures, and 500,000 by some unofficial estimates. Yet violent crime statistics, particularly homicides, have declined to record lows.The fact is, first-generation immigrants, including Mexican indocumentados, help to make big cities safer...." see full article


1226 days ago | usatoday
Republican debate needs immigration unity: Column - USA TODAY

"...It has only gotten worse since, largely without an honest, serious, and open debate on what type of assimilation is best for our country.To be clear, by patriotic assimilation we do not mean that newcomers to America must give up all ethnic traditions, customs, and birth languages. Patriotic assimilation has nothing to do with the food one eats, the religion one practices, the affection that one feels for the land of one's birth and the second languages that one speaks. Multi-ethnicity and ethnic subcultures have enriched America since colonial days.However, while we are a multiracial and multiethnic people, we are not and should not be, multicultural in the adversarial sense of clashing and conflicting world views, ways of life and what Tocqueville called mores, habits of the heart. We need to help newcomers form an attachment to and loyalty towards our constitutional democracy and affirm what used to proudly be called the American way of life. And it is not only immigrants who would benefit from a re-invigoration of patriotic assimilation. Our education system has failed to inculcate these values in native-born Americans as well..." see full article



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