Donald Trump has once again surged to extend his lead in Republican polls. Trump now commands the support of 24 percent of Republican voters. A CNN/ORC poll of all candidates shows Hilary Clinton’s lead over Trump with registered voters dwindling from 24 percent in late July to just six percent by this past Sunday. Fifty-one percent of registered voters expressed support for Clinton, while 45 percent expressed support for Trump.
Trump appeared on the O’Reilly Factor yesterday to discuss his newly unveiled immigration plan. While allowing that the Trump plan for a southern wall may be feasible, Bill O’Reilly expressed grave concerns with regard to the Trump plan to end citizenship as a birthright.
O’Reilly starts the piece by quoting the Wall Street Journal with regard to Trump’s immigration plan.
“… last time the Republicans tried this, in the 1920s, they alienated immigrant groups like the Irish and Italians for decades until Ronald Regan won them back. If they want to lose in 2016, they’ll follow Mr. Trump’s anti-immigrant siren.”
A major component of the Donald Trump immigration plan includes a southern wall — something that Trump feels that Mexico should pay for. A representative of Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto was quoted by Bloomberg saying, “It reflects an enormous ignorance for what Mexico represents, and also the irresponsibility of the candidate who’s saying it.” Trump has found support for his Mexican wall from other conservatives, including Sarah Palin. Bill O’Reilly also praised the Trump plan for a southern wall.
The second major part of the Donald Trump immigration plan is to “end birthright citizenship” and effectively strip the rights of U.S. citizens protected under the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, to which Mr. Trump stated.
“Bill, I think you’re wrong about the 14th Amendment and frankly, the whole thing with anchor babies – I don’t think you’re right about that… When people are illegally in the country they have to go.”
Later, O’Reilly responds to Trump, “I know that, but you’re not going to be able to deport people who have American citizenship now and the federal courts will never allow mass deportations without due process for each and every one.”
O’Reilly then asks Trump, “Do you envision federal police kicking in the doors in barrios around the country, dragging families out and putting them on a bus?”
Trump responds, “I don’t think they have American citizenship. And if you speak to some very, very good lawyers – I know some would disagree – but many of them agree with me, you’re going to find they do not have American citizenship. We have to start a process where we take back our country. Our country is going to hell.”
Trump feels that the 14th Amendment to the Constitution won’t hold up in a court of law and changing the constitution would be impractical. Trump stated that he intends to test the 14th Amendment of the Constitution specifically with regard to anchor babies.
While O’Reilly may be correct that the Trump plan to effectively repeal the 14th Amendment is treacherous, somebody better tell that to Trump supporters. If Donald Trump’s popularity continues its skyward ascent, the United States will see itself with Donald Trump as its leading presidential candidate shortly.
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