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Thoughts on debate topics – immigration

This is the first of at least two separate posts on topics from the last two nights of debates

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As I listened on Wednesday to the first night of the Democratic Presidential Debate round 1, I felt as if the candidates were missing an important opportunity to reframe the discussion on immigration.

By now it is clear that Trump has a hostility to most immigration, legal or otherwise, especially if it involves people of color.

The first thing I wish someone had said as PART of the framing on immigration is this:

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Donald Trump seems to oppose all immigration unless it is from Russians who want to launder money by buying his apartments.

That is the set-up —  and it cuts to several issues that are possible problems with Trump, that is, it ties them together in a way that might well get attention.

And given where we are in the yearly calendar, the next PART should have been this:

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Next week is July 4, where we celebrate our nation’s independence from Britain, on the 243rd anniversary of the publication of the Declaration of Independence, the writing of which recognized the importance of immigration.

Hopefully that would focus the attention and prepare the audience for what comes next, which is thiis:

Here is the specific charge Jefferson leveled against George III with respect to immigration:

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He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.

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