Establishment Republicans are trying to beat populist GOP primary rivals by mimicking President Donald Trump’s pro-American immigration arguments, says a top editor at the Atlantic magazine. In the May primaries, candidates “aggressively … sought to coopt these arguments,” writes Ronald Brownstein, the Atlantic‘s editorial director for strategic partnerships. He continued:If there was a major GOP candidate in these primaries who did not loudly declare their support for building Trump’s border wall, I didn’t see it. Likewise, every major GOP candidate pledged to crack down on so-called “sanctuary cities,” which limit their cooperation with federal immigration-enforcement officials, and several pledged to constrict legal immigration. The trend towards populist migration policies is nationwide, Brownstein laments in his article, which is titled “The Eroding GOP Resistance to Trump’s Immigration Agenda”: … relatively more mainstream Republican candidates are holding off the anti-immigration vanguard by accepting much of their agenda. Only a handful of prominent Republicans, such as Arizona Senators Jeff Flake and John McCain, still publicly dissent. “There is not an obvious set of leaders to put a break on this,” said Simon Rosenberg, the founder of the Democratic advocacy group NDN, who has long studied the impact of demographic change on both parties. Especially… Read full this story
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