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Friday
Jul242015

Gov Johnson Calls Trump Border Visit “Too Easy” 

 

 

 

 

 

July 23, 2015, Santa Fe, NM  -- Two-term former New Mexico Governor Gary Johnson is calling Donald Trump’s visit to the Mexican border a “photo op that is just too easy” and an “entirely predictable part of his ‘blame it on Mexico’ campaign”.

 

In a statement released Thursday, Johnson, a former border Governor said, “It’s embarrassing to see Donald Trump joining the list of politicians who visit the border for a couple of hours, usually after lecturing us about immigration and border security, and vow to solve our problems by building a bigger fence. It’s just too easy and solves nothing.

 

“What makes Trump’s exploitation of immigrants even more embarrassing is that he has built his fortune in the very industries that clearly depend on immigrant labor, both legal and illegal. Instead of posing for the cameras in Laredo, maybe he should be checking to see how many illegal immigrants have helped him build his buildings, serve the guests in his hotels and casinos, and contributed to his billions. He should know better than anyone that illegal immigration isn’t about fences and drones. Rather, it is entirely about an arcane system that doesn’t allow immigrants to legally fill the needs of the job market."

 

“Building a wall across the entire Mexican border, and somehow getting Mexico to pay for it, is just crazy, and more importantly, won’t solve the problem. Replicating a Berlin Wall isn’t something Americans want to do, and it won’t work any better here than it did in Berlin. Border security means knowing who is coming here and why, not building an ever-bigger fence and militarizing our boundaries. A functional, market-based work visa program that would allow businesses like Donald Trump’s to easily hire immigrant workers will do far more for both security and the economy than all the fences and drones in the world. Yet, the politicians refuse to put such a system in place.

 

“As far as all that crime Mr. Trump claims Mexico is sending to us, that’s not an immigration problem. Immigrants, legal or not, don’t commit crimes at any higher rate than we red-blooded Americans do, and border violence -- which is very real and very tragic -- is almost entirely about a failed War on Drugs and the prohibition it perpetuates."


Gov. Johnson serves as the Honorary Chair for Our America Initiative, an organization that is fighting to change the failed War on Drugs and to solve immigration and trade issues through market based solutions.

 

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Sunday
Jul192015

Perry For President - Donald Trump's Comments Make Him Unfit to be Commander-in-Chief 

AUSTIN – Today Governor Perry released the following statement in response to Donald Trump's reprehensible comments on Senator John McCain.

"Donald Trump should apologize immediately for attacking Senator McCain and all veterans who have protected and served our country. As a veteran and an American, I respect Sen. McCain because he volunteered to serve his country. I cannot say the same of Mr. Trump. His comments have reached a new low in American politics. His attack on veterans make him unfit to be Commander-in-Chief of the U.S. Armed Forces, and he should immediately withdraw from the race for President."



 

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Friday
Jul172015

Perry For President - on Donald Trump’s Border Security Comments 

AUSTIN – Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding Donald Trump’s ongoing comments about Governor Perry and border security:

“Donald Trump continues to demonstrate his fundamental misunderstanding of border security. Make no mistake - border security is a federal responsibility, but when I met with President Obama last year and it became clear he would not act, I told him if he would not secure the border, Texas would. Rather than thanking Texas for stepping into a gap it shouldn’t have to fill, Mr. Trump has made clear that he believes the states should fend for themselves on border security. Not only is this wrong, it perpetuates the same failed policies that have left our southern border porous and vulnerable.

I have a message for my fellow Republicans and the independents who will be voting in the primary process: what Mr. Trump is offering is not conservatism, it is Trump-ism – a toxic mix of demagoguery and nonsense.

America doesn’t need another president who pays lip service when issues of national security are at stake. America doesn’t need another president who will pass the buck on border security. We need a president who will finally act to secure the border after decades of failed leadership in Washington, D.C. And Mr. Trump has done nothing to prove that he is the president America needs.”

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Friday
Jul102015

NHDP - ICYMI: Nashua Telegraph: Trump's Immigration Comments Broke No New Ground 

CONCORD, N.H. - While Trump’s incendiary comments start worrying national Republicans and even a New Hampshire GOP National Committeeman denounced them in the Washington Post, it’s important to note that Trump’s comments are nothing new for the Republican Party or the 2016 GOP candidates.

A Nashua Telegraph Op-Ed elaborates: “If you didn't know better, you might forget that the GOP has sought votes for years by stoking fear and anger toward Mexicans who enter this country illegally… It's hypocritical and unfair to put all this on Trump. He only repeated what his party's been saying all along.”

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Trump’s immigration comments broke no new ground // Nashua Telegraph, Leonard Pitts

 

In 2006, then-Arizona State Sen. Russell Pearce advocated the return of a 1954 program for the mass deportation of un­documented immigrants. It was called "Operation Wetback."

In 2010, Sen. David Vitter, Republican from Louisiana, released a campaign ad that depicted a bunch of seedy-looking Mexicans, some with gang bandannas, slipping through a hole in a border fence to invade America.

In 2011, Rep. Mo Brooks, Republican from Alabama, said of undocumented immigrants, "I will do anything short of shooting them" to make them stop "taking jobs from American citizens."

That same year, Republican presidential contender Herman Cain vowed to build an electri­fied border fence that would shock Mexicans who sought to slip into the country.

In 2013, Rep. Steve King, Republican from Iowa, said that for every illegal immigrant who becomes a valedictorian, there are another hundred with "calves the size of canta­loupes" because they are drug mules.

Yet the party is shocked and offended by what Donald Trump said? Jeb Bush calls his recent comments on undocu­mented Mexican immi­grants "extraordinarily ugly"? Sen. Marco Rubio finds them "not just offensive and inaccu­rate, but also divisive"? A major donor tells the Associated Press Trump should be excluded from the debates?

Beg pardon, but there is something rather precious in all this ostentatious umbrage. If you didn't know better, you might forget that the GOP has sought votes for years by stoking fear and anger toward Mexicans who enter this country illegally. If you weren't paying atten­tion, you might not know that various Republican officials and pundits routinely characterize those people - most of them just dirt poor and trying to put bread on the table - as a disease-ridden invasion force of drug smugglers and gang members, not to mention pregnant women splashing across the Rio Grande in order to drop so-called "anchor babies" on U. S. soil.

This is not to say Trump's words were not ugly. They were. "When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best," he said. "...They're sending people that have lots of problems and they're bringing those problems (to) us. They're bringing drugs, they're bringing crime, they're rapists, and some, I assume, are good people."

But ugly as it was, Trump's xenophobia broke no new ground. So you have to wonder at the pious denunciations it is generating. You're tempted to say people are reacting like this because Trump was blunter than we are used to. On the other hand, there is nothing particu­larly subtle or ambiguous about threatening to shock Mexicans. Maybe folks weren't paying at­tention before.

It's worth noting that Trump's comments came as he an­nounced his intention to run for president of the United States, a nation whose last census found about 32 million of us identify­ing as Mexican-American (some, presumably, good people). Indeed, Mexican Americans are far and away the largest group under the umbrella rubric "Hispanic." All the Cuban-, Puerto Rican-, Argentinean- and Spanish-Americans combined don't equal the number of Mexi­can Americans in this country. So when the GOP talks about "Hispanic" outreach, it is, in a very real sense, talking Mexi­can-American outreach. Yet this "outreach" seems always to be overshadowed by insult.

The party seems not to realize that you can't have it both ways, can't insult people, then ask them to vote for you. How telling is it that, even as party elders assure us his remarks don't represent the GOP, Trump vaults to second place in the polling of Republican contenders? It's a truth that gives the lie to these proclamations of mortal affront.

It's hypocritical and unfair to put all this on Trump. He only repeated what his party's been saying all along.

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Thursday
May072015

ALG - Trump radio ad vs fast track 

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Donald J. Trump joins Americans for Limited Government in fight against Trade Promotion Authority & Trans-Pacific Partnership deal  

Americans for Limited Government to air national ad campaign featuring Trump. 

 

May 6, 2015, Fairfax, Va.—Today Americans for Limited Government announced a series of brand newradio advertisements featuring Donald J. Trump that will air nationally with an initial emphasis on New Hampshire and South Carolina. The ad, in which Mr. Trump calls on Republican leaders to stop passage of the Trade Promotion Authority (TPA) and the pending Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), will be broadcast statewide in New Hampshire and South Carolina followed next week by a national rollout.  The ad will educate Americans on the detrimental ramifications of these proposed agreements and the combined determination of Americans for Limited Government and Mr. Trump to defeat any deal that harms the protection and creation of American jobs.

 

Donald J. Trump said, "Yet again, the politicians are allowing our president to reinforce the lack of respect countries like China and Japan now have for the United States. They will devalue their currency, exploit our trade agreements, continue to destroy our economy and put Americans out of work. Politicians are all talk and no action. Instead of fast tracking TPP, Congress should pass legislation that holds China and Japan accountable for currency manipulation. This would send a message to the world that there are consequences for cheating the United States. It's time for action. It's time to Make America Great Again!"

 

ALG's Rick Manning commented on the ad campaign saying, "This is a game changer in the debate over fast track trade authority.  Mr. Trump's business acumen and expertise makes him a unique and powerful voice whom America trusts to tell them the truth."

 

Mr. Trump's opposition to TPP is consistent with his long criticism of trade practices that negatively impact the American worker and manufacturing sector. He has been a consistent vocal critic of TPP and TPA tweeting his opposition for the last year. Mr. Trump's opposition to TPP is based on his extensive knowledge of currency manipulation and trade agreements that he has accumulated through The Trump Organization's international dealings. He also criticized leaders for continuing to allow such antics, stating his disapproval of the TPA fast track legislation, which Mr. Trump says is designed to allow the president to enter such an agreement without the support of a supermajority in the Senate.

 

Americans for Limited Government has led the charge against fast track over the past four months being featured and quoted on FoxNews.com, The Hill, the Washington Post, New York Times and USA Today among many outlets.

 

To view online: http://getliberty.org/donald-j-trump-joins-americans-for-limited-government-in-fight-against-trade-promotion-authority-trans-pacific-partnership-deal/

 

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Donald Trump joins ALG in fight against Pacific trade deal, radio ad, May 6, 2015, at  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bT0wX7CqfAA