Dems, Trump Discuss Deal to Protect ‘Dreamers’

September 13, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

WASHINGTON – Democratic leaders in Congress said following a Wednesday night meeting with President Donald Trump that they have agreed to work together to provide legal protection to the 800,000 undocumented youths known as “Dreamers.”

They also agreed, according to the Democrats’ version, to negotiate a budget package to finance border security that is “acceptable to both parties,” and therefore excludes funding for Trump’s proposed border wall between the U.S. and Mexico.

“We had a very productive meeting at the White House with the President. The conversation centered on DACA and we agreed to quickly enshrine DACA protections in a law,” said Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Democratic Leader, Nancy Pelosi, (D-Calif.) who dined with Trump on Wednesday.

The White House, on its own behalf, also gave its version of the meeting in a statement that did not speak of “agreements” of any kind with Schumer and Pelosi.

According to the White House, Trump and the Democratic leaders spoke at a “constructive” dinner of the current “legislative priorities,” including tax reform, border security, DACA (Dreamers), infrastructure and trade, in that order.

The Trump administration said the meeting was a “positive step” toward reaching “bipartisan solutions” to the problems affecting all Americans and expressed its desire to “continue these talks” with the Democratic leaders.

If an agreement has in fact been reached, it would be second deal in a week the Republican president has reached with Congressional Democratic leadership; the first being a short-term increase in the debt ceiling  that shocked GOP leaders.

Despite his campaign rhetoric promising to end DACA on his first day in office, and to deport all immigrants in the country illegally, the president has signaled an increasing willingness to find a legislative solution that will allow young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children to remain legally in the U.S.

The president has said on several occasions that he will treat the young undocumented immigrants, most often referred to as Dreamers, with “heart.”

Last week, one day after announcing the end of DACA and giving Congress a six-month window to come up with a legislative solution, he tweeted that young undocumented immigrants protected under DACA should not fear deportation, adding he would “revisit’ the issue if the Congress failed to act.

Democrats Making Few Gains Among Latinos, Survey Finds

October 13, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Despite Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump’s more than yearlong bombardment of offensive remarks against Mexican immigrants—in which he called them rapists, thieves and killers and promised mass deportations—overall views of the Republican and Democratic parties among Hispanics have not changed much since 2012, according to a survey released Oct. 11 by the Pew Research Center.

Almost half of registered Latino voters surveyed, 54%, continue to consider the Democratic Party as more concerned with their needs than the Republican Party. Only 11% of those surveyed said Republicans are more concerned, while 28% said there is no difference between the political parties.

The numbers are not much different than they were four years ago when Democrats held a similar edge, when by a 61% to 10% margin Latino voters said they viewed Democrats as more concerned about Latinos.

The lack of movement is surprising considering that 75% of registered voters surveyed said they had discussed Trump’s negative comments about Hispanics or other groups with family, friends or coworkers.

“Among Hispanic registered voters who have discussed Trump’s comments, 74% say they have given ‘quite a lot’ of thought to the presidential election and 74% say they are ‘absolutely certain’ they will vote,” according to the Pew survey.

About 6 in 10 registered Latino voters favor Clinton (58%) over Trump (19%); 10% favor Libertarian Gary Johnson and 6% favor Green Party candidate Jill Stein.

Democrats were doing better at this stage of the 2012 race between Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, with Obama ultimately winning 71% of the Latino vote.

Clinton is not doing as well as Obama among Latino Millennials (those ages 18 to 35 in 2016), reports Pew Research. Millennials will make up nearly half of the record 27.3 million eligible Latino voters, but at 48%, their support of Clinton lags behind older Latinos (36 and older) whose support for Clinton stands at about 66%, and 21% for Trump.

About two-thirds (64%) of Latino Millennials who back Clinton describe their support as more a vote against Trump than a vote for Clinton. By contrast, 65% of older Clinton supporters say their support is more of a vote for her than a vote against Trump.

The big question, according to the survey results, is whether Latinos will turnout to vote given that their voter turnout numbers have long trailed those of other groups.

In 2012, 77%of registered Latinos voters said they were “absolutely certain” they would vote, that number has dropped to 66% for the upcoming November election. The sharpest decline is among Latino Millennials, with 62% saying they are certain they will vote compared with 74% who said the same four years ago.

Democratic political strategies worry that the lack of passion for Clinton’s candidacy could result in Latino Millennials failing to show up at the polls, which could prove problematic in swing states where Trump supporters continue to enthusiastically support his candidacy despite a barrage of news reports detailing allegations of boorish and inappropriate behavior toward women.

 

Jeb Bush, Rubio to Speak in Southland

August 11, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Jeb Bush is scheduled today to deliver a foreign policy address at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and fellow Republican presidential candidate and Floridian Sen. Marco Rubio is set to conduct a campaign fundraiser in Long Beach.

Bush’s speech in Simi Valley will focus on how to address “the grave threat of radical Islamic extremism,” according to a campaign aide.

During Thursday’s debate involving the top 10 Republican presidential candidates in the polls, the 62-year-old former Florida governor said, “We need to take out ISIS with every tool at our disposal,” in a reference to the Islamic militant organization also known as the Islamic State.

Rubio will conduct a two-part fundraiser at the Petroleum Club in Long Beach. Tickets for a roundtable discussion are $2,700, the maximum individual contribution for a candidate seeking his or her party’s under federal law.

Admission to a luncheon that follows is $1,000, according to an invitation posted on the website politicalpartytime.org, which tracks political fundraisers.

Like nearly all fundraisers for presidential candidates, the Rubio fundraiser is expected to be closed to reporters.

At 44, the first-term senator is the youngest of the 17 major candidates for the Republican presidential nomination. Rubio is the son of Cuban immigrants and would be the nation’s first Latino president.

The visits by the Republicans come one day after a crowd estimated by arena officials at 27,500 people gathered in and around the Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena to hear Sen. Bernie Sanders, who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, speak for about an hour on domestic and foreign policy issues.

Sanders, I-Vermont, was introduced by actress-comedian Sarah Silverman who said, “I give you, if we’re all very smart and a little bit lucky, the next president of the United States.”

Sanders reminded the audience that, as a congressman, he voted against the 2002 resolution authorizing the use of force in Iraq. Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, who leads the polls in the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, voted in support of the resolution as a senator.

Sanders also repeated his support for the nuclear agreement with Iran and previous calls for public funding of political campaigns; a higher minimum wage; a massive road and bridge project to rebuild America’s crumbling infrastructure and tuition-free public colleges and universities.

Clinton on Monday announced a plan providing for no student to have to borrow money to pay tuition at a public college. Bush called Clinton’s proposal irresponsible and said it would raise taxes and increase government debt.

“We don’t need more top-down Washington solutions that will raise the cost of colleges even further and shift the burden to hardworking taxpayers,” Bush said.

“We need to change the incentives for colleges with fresh policies that result in more individualization and choices, drive down overall costs and improve the value of a college degree, which will help lead to real, sustained 4 percent economic growth.

Sanders fell about 500 people short of drawing the largest crowd for a 2016 presidential candidate for the third consecutive day.

A rally Sunday night at the Moda Center in Portland, Oregon, drew 28,000, including those listening to Sanders’ nearly hourlong speech on loudspeakers outside the arena, which is the home court for the NBA’s Portland Trail Blazers, according to Michael Lewellen, the team’s vice president of corporate communications & public engagement.

More than 15,000 people heard Sanders speak Saturday night at the Hec Edmonson Pavilion in Seattle in what was the biggest crowd for any presidential candidate in the 2016 campaign before Sunday, according to the campaign.

“The reason why we are doing well in this campaign is because we are telling the truth,” said Sanders, who would be the nation’s first Jewish president.

“We are talking to the reality of American life today. We are talking about a reality in which almost all of the wealth and income in this country is going to the top 1 percent. We are talking about the United States having more wealth and income inequality than any other major country on Earth and we are going to change that.”

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