Trumps current approval rating among latinos remains

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Trump’s current approval rating among Latinos remains dismally low. They know who it was that called Mexicans rapists and who accused a Mexican-American judge of not being capable of doing his job because of his Mexican heritage. They know who wants to get rid of birthright citizenship, who wants to build a 2,200-mile wall and make Mexico pay for it, and who speaks of the public safety threat from illegal aliens when in fact, the immigrant population commits crimes at a much lower rate than those who are American-born. Latino voters also know, as do most Americans, over 80 percent of whom favor letting the Dreamers stay in this country legally,that these young immigrants positively contribute to our society and to our economy and that the vast majority of them are living honest and honorable lives. In fact, removing these workers from their jobs would cost the U.S. economy nearly half a trillion dollars in GDP loss over the next decade. Additionally, employers would face more than $6.3 billion in unnecessary turnover costs to recruit, replace and train almost 800,000 new employees. There are brilliant Dreamer students at our universities working on life-saving research on the human heart and on drone technology to make agricultural work more efficient, while their parents are doing back-breaking labor in those same fields.Many are putting their lives on the line to defend this great country — the only country they have ever known and the one they call home. They deserve better than a president who has used them as political fodder at his rallies. Trump knows rescinding the DACA program was a politically fraught move. Let’s remember that shortly after that, it was President Trump who, during a meeting at the White House, promised to work with Democratic leaders on a DACA solution without demanding construction of his ridiculous wall, or any other obvious poison pill that would do nothing but guarantee gridlock. He has since cynically gone back on that promise. After all, much of his base would not forgive him for letting undocumented immigrants stay in this country. Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa), one of the most anti-immigrant activists in Congress, privately urged Trump to not allow any passage of DACA. Trump is now demanding construction of the wall and an end to chain migration in exchange for a DACA deal. Let’s be clear: Democrats have always supported strong robust and additional border security,whatever it is called. But a 2,200-mile wall is physically impossible to build on the southern border, is fiscally irresponsible and is not supported by many Republican members of Congress and governors from border states.It is a non-starter with Democrats. Caughtbetween his unforgiving supporters and what he knows is a politically dangerous path if he does not pass DACA, Trump is now disingenuously accusing Democrats of “doing nothing for DACA” even though they have been the ones, along with sensible Republicans, who have worked on a

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