Thursday, February 9th, 2017

Opinion: The RNC’s Immigrant Tease

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"The opening night of the Republican National Convention saw some vigorous waving of the immigrant flag. ... The story about Rick Santorum’s grandfather is indeed a powerful and touching narrative, as are the immigrant stories of Cruz, McDonnell, Haley, and the millions of other Americans whose ancestors were not native to this land.  Referencing one’s immigrant roots is a short cut for signaling hard work and determination.  It’s about the American Dream, a concept folks from both sides of the aisle can agree on.  Agreeing what do to about those folks who come today to seek out that same American Dream is another story.  On Tuesday, night the Republicans stopped short. Beyond their immigrant narratives they did not discuss any substantive policy related to immigration. ... Enough of this teasing!  If you’re going to talk about immigration, talk about it in terms of reflecting our economic demand reality with policies.  Nostalgic