The Note: The World According To Trump – ABC News
–TRUMP UNVEILS HIS IMMIGRATION PLAN, CALLS FOR END TO BIRTHRIGHT CITIZENSHIP: Donald Trump released his specific plan for immigration reform yesterday, ABC’s JOHN SANTUCCI reports. In the 6-page report titled “Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again,” Trump is calling for an end to birthright citizenship, saying it “remains the biggest magnet for illegal immigration.” Trump again repeated his commitment to build a wall on the United States’ southern border. Outlining his plan, Trump’s policy seeks to “impound all remittance payments derived from illegal wages; increase fees on all temporary visas issued to Mexican CEOs and diplomats (and if necessary cancel them); increase fees on all border crossing cards — of which we issue about 1 million to Mexican nationals each year (a major source of visa overstays); increase fees on all NAFTA worker visas from Mexico (another major source of overstays); and increase fees at ports of entry to the United States from Mexico [Tariffs and foreign aid cuts are also options].” http://abcn.ws/1NySqDC HOW TRUMP COULD WIN IOWA with ABC’s MATTHEW DOWD: http://abcn.ws/1DZLsYr
–WHAT THE DEMOCRATS ARE SAYING: Democratic National Committee Director of Hispanic Media, Pablo Manriquez, responded to Trump’s immigration plan: “Trump has reignited the GOP’s longstanding obsession with mass deportation. Like his fellow GOP candidates Jeb Bush, Scott Walker, Marco Rubio and others, GOP front runner trump dismisses a full and equal pathway to citizenship for hardworking immigrants. The GOP should quit treating these families as second class citizens and join democrats who support immigrant families and want to keep them together.”
–ANALYSIS — ABC’s RICK KLEIN: “They’re not me,” Donald Trump told ABC’s Martha Raddatz, when asked about the Michele Bachmann-Herman Cain booms that dominated the summer of 2011. Trump’s point didn’t have to be offered from a helicopter hovering over the Iowa State Fairgrounds to be taken as truth. But the presidential field is as Trumped up as it’s ever been. A new Fox News poll – the first major post-debate poll – shows Trump comfortably out front in the GOP race for president, securing a quarter of votes in the primary. The next two candidates nearly match him if you combine their numbers: Ben Carson with 12 percent, and Ted Cruz with 10. You want to know why Trump’s message is resonating? That’s nearly half the primary electorate split between those three men, backing two candidates who’ve never run for office, and a third who’s defined his time in the Senate by attempts to buck the institution and its leaders. Jeb Bush is in danger of becoming a second-tier candidate, if he stays in the single digits for long before his super PAC starts unloading. Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee are right behind them, following by Carly Fiorina (another political outsider), a surging John Kasich, and Marco Rubio. Chris Christie and Rand Paul may have to continue their debate fight off stage in the hopes of becoming the last candidate to make the Top 10 at next month’s debate. August is far from February – but a campaign is finding a rhythm that Trump is banging out just about by himself at the moment.