Madness from Trump to Tancredo

In only a few months, Donald Trump has morphed from a sideshow into the greatest threat to American values in modern history. Trump’s rise to dominance as the Republican presidential frontrunner raises grave questions about that party’s core values, and threatens permanent damage to America’s moral leadership on fundamental human rights issues from immigration to religious freedom. The threat Trump poses to our nation is like nothing seen in our lifetimes.

How do we get this done?

In 1992, I watched in horror as the jury of Rodney King failed to convict the police that beat him, a black man. Even with the video, the all-white jury said that no crime was committed. At 27 years old, I felt like my world fell apart. How could the people in my generation not see this as crime? How was it possible that in 1992, as I watched Los Angeles burn, I was dealing the same disappointment my father dealt with in 1965, as he watched Watts burn.

Immigration

As you probably know, President Obama signed an order in 2012 stopping deportations for many undocumented students. This was intended as a temporary measure, to be followed up by comprehensive immigration reform from Congress. Unfortunately, Republicans in Congress like Cory Gardner and Mike Coffman have refused to act--and even helped kill bipartisan immigration reform legislation that had already passed the U.S. Senate.

Immigration and Con Man Cory

Unfortunately, Con Man Cory Gardner and his right-wing allies in Washington, like Congressman Mike Coffman, are determined to make sure immigration reform goes nowhere. When the Justice Department filed suit against Arizona over the unconstitutional anti-immigrant law, Cory Gardner tried to stop them. Cory Gardner helped kill bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation that had already passed the U.S. Senate last year. Cory Gardner even voted to deport DREAMer students, who even most Republicans say should be allowed to continue their educations.

What does immigration reform mean to you?

As progressives, we want immigration reform that makes life better for everyone. America needs immigrants to fuel our economy, but immigration needs to be managed to ensure everyone in America benefits. The children of immigrants in America, whether documented or undocumented, must have the same educational opportunities as everyone else if they are to succeed--and a pathway to citizenship so our investment in their education stays here in America.

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