Inside the Beltway: Here comes the strategy: Donald Trump’s immigration policy … – Washington Times

“When politicians talk about ‘immigration reform’ they mean amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties. Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first — not wealthy globe-trotting donors,” Donald Trump states in his formal immigration policy, released Sunday. “We are the only country in the world whose immigration system puts the needs of other nations ahead of our own. That must change. Here are the three core principles of real immigration reform:

“1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.

“2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our constitutional system of government must be enforced.

“3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.”

And, oh yes, Mr. Trump is still at the top of the 17 Republican hopefuls, with 25 percent of support among likely Republican primary voters in a new Fox News poll. To round out the top 5: Ben Carson is in second place with 12 percent, followed by Sen. Ted Cruz (10 percent), Jeb Bush (9 percent), with Mike Huckabee and Gov. Scott Walker tied for fifth place at 6 percent each.

BIG TENT: DIVERSITY EMERGES AMONG NASCAR FANS

Veteran pollster John Zogby says he began to track the voting power of “blue-collar Americans” when the sizable demographic embraced conservatism, Second Amendment rights and traditional values — and voted for George W. Bush.

“That is when I first began to notice NASCAR fans — lower-middle income, white, manly, conservative and ready to display manly values,” Mr. Zogby notes.

Among those who described themselves as “NASCAR fans” in his 2006 poll of 3,351 likely voters, 58 percent said they were conservative, 25 percent moderate and 12 percent liberal. Another 54 percent were Republicans and 20 percent Democrats, while 82 percent were white, 7 percent were black, 7 percent Hispanic, and 56 percent were gun owners.

Mr. Zogby has repeated the questions among 1,653 NASCAR fans this week, and here’s the evolving numbers: Thirty-seven percent now say they are conservative, 30 percent moderate and 33 percent liberal. Now, 36 percent identify themselves as Republicans and 39 percent Democrat; 63 percent are white, 11 percent black, 22 percent Hispanic; and 50 percent own guns. The pollster began tracking NASCAR fans who identified themselves as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender two years ago; it was 6 percent then, and 11 percent this time around.

“This change did not happen overnight. It has been a steady progression,” Mr. Zogby says, who nonetheless deems it a “dramatic transformation.”

WHO’S ON THAT SOAPBOX?

Donald Trump and Hillary Rodham Clinton may have already come and gone from the deep-fried and much-storied Iowa State Fair now underway in Des Moines, but five Republican hopefuls will appear at the candidates’ “soapbox” in the next 48 hours. On Monday, the mandatory political event will showcase Gov. Scott Walker, Carly Fiorina and Sen. Lindsey Graham. On Tuesday, it’s Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich, who’s also doing a turn as “guest chef” in the Iowa Pork Producers tent.

THE ‘RECKLESS’ CLOSING OF GITMO

The Obama administration is now beginning site assessment plans for domestic alternatives to the Guantanamo Bay prison — such as the Naval Brig in Hanahan, South Carolina, and Fort Leavenworth in Kansas.

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