- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 30, 2016

The news media’s appetite for Donald Trump’s immigration policy has been building up for days. New organizations are hungry, poised to ambush the GOP nominee just as he gives a major policy speech on Wednesday, outlining his plans for border security and much more. 

A negative news narrative is already in place — cobbled together with gusto by journalists before Mr. Trump has even uttered a word. In the last 24 hours, The Washington Post cited “Trump’s brazen immigration flip-flops.” Over at Salon, it was “Trump’s immigration muddle,” while The Daily Beast declared, “Trump campaign flails on immigration.” NPR asked, “Is Trump flip-flopping on immigration? Yes or no, it’s sure been confusing.”

But Mr. Trump is prepared to push back, to clarify his position and reassure voters who may buy into the media’s artful craft. He’ll have a ready audience. Mr. Trump will make his case for immigration at a convention center in Phoenix, Arizona, in early evening. He says he expects a big crowd. Those voters with the jitters may want to check out the Trump campaign website, which devotes a section to his immigration policy, found here. It begins with the phrase “a nation without borders is not a nation.” One lawmaker has some practical advice as the candidate faces intense hostile press and foregone conclusions: Keep it simple.

“Border security and national security are inextricably linked. A porous border is an open invitation to those who wish to harm America, and for too long our borders have been an inviting access point for drug smugglers, human traffickers and potential terrorists,” says Rep. Trent Franks, Arizona Republican.

“Much like in a surgical procedure, the first step undeniably must be to stop the bleeding. Our borders must be secured and every illegal immigrant in the United States must be accounted for,” Mr. Franks concludes.

A CLINTON SOLUTION


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A sharp-eyed reporter offers insight into how a Clinton White House might handle the plight of refugees. Breitbart News reporter Julia Hahn came across some telling video footage from the Clinton Global Initiative’s annual meeting, a splashy gathering that took place in February.

Here’s what former President Bill Clinton had to say about the Syrian migrant crisis: “The truth is that the big loser in this over the long run is going to be Syria. This is an enormous opportunity for Americans. Detroit has 10,000 empty, structurally sound houses —10,000. And lot of jobs are to be had repairing those houses. Detroit just came out of bankruptcy and the mayor’s trying to do an innovative sort of urban homesteading program there. But it just gives you an example of what could be done. And I think any of us who have ever had any personal experience with either Syrian Americans or Syrian refugees think it’s a pretty good deal.”

Yes, but for whom?

“The unearthed video seems to underscore Donald Trump’s recent declaration that, ‘Hillary Clinton would rather provide a job to a refugee from overseas than to give that job to unemployed African-American youth in cities like Detroit who have become refugees in their own country,’” Ms. Hahn notes. “Hillary Clinton has called for a 550 percent expansion to the importation of Syrian refugees. Based on the minimum figures she has put forth thus far, a President Hillary Clinton could potentially import a population of refugees (620,000) that nearly equals the population of Detroit (677,116).”

PERRY DANCES AROUND THE ISSUE

Those who miss the bodacious campaign presence of former presidential hopeful Rick Perry are in luck. The former Texas governor will be a contender on the return of ABC’s popular prime-time staple “Dancing with the Stars” next month. Mr. Perry, 66, has been paired with Emma Slater, 27, a professional ballroom dance champ who appeared on the show last year. Her partner at the time was Army National Guard Specialist Aleksander Skarlatos, one of three Americans who thwarted a possible terrorist attack on a train headed for Paris.

Mr. Perry appears ready to rumble. “Emma Slater is a great teacher, but she’s go her work cut out for her,” he tweeted Tuesday.

He’s got competition, though. Among the contestants for season No. 23: Olympic swimmer Ryan Lochte, whose prowess in the pool was overshadowed by a still unresolved incident in Rio de Janeiro at a gas station following a competitive event. The series begins again on Sept. 12.

FOXIFIED

The Fox News Channel powerhouse continues to dominate ratings. For the fourth month this year, Fox News is the No. 1 rated network across the entire cable spectrum, according to newly release ratings numbers from Nielsen Media. Yes, that means it bested such sports-heavy competition as ESPN. News rivals fell by the wayside: In the all-important prime-time hours, Fox averages 2.1 million viewers, compared to 844,000 for CNN and 1.1 million for MSNBC.

And speaking of those news rivals, Fox News has marked 176 months as the No. 1 cable news channel. This means Fox has been the champ for almost 15 years. And a few specifics: “The O’Reilly Factor” remains the most popular program with 2.9 million viewers, followed by “The Kelly File” (2.5 million), “Hannity” (2.3 million), “Special Report with Bret Baier” (2.2 million) and “The Five” (2.1 million).

The Fox Business Network, meanwhile, reports it broke viewership records for the month of August, scoring the top two news programs in business television with Stuart Varney’s “Varney & Company” and “Lou Dobbs Tonight,” according to Nielson. This is the first time that two FBN programs scored monthly wins over CNBC.

POLL DU JOUR

59 percent of Americans agree that people should be able to decide for themselves what to wear, including burqas and face veils; 46 percent of Republicans, 61 percent of independents and 66 percent of Democrats agree.

47 percent overall say there is discrimination against Muslims in the U.S.; 37 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of independents and 63 percent of Democrats agree.

34 percent say there is no discrimination against Muslims; 50 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of independents and 19 percent of Democrats agree.

27 percent overall would support a law banning burqas and face veils; 43 percent of Republicans, 23 percent of independents and 21 percent of Democrats agree.

14 percent are unsure if they would support such a law; 11 percent of Republicans, 16 percent of independents and 13 percent of Democrats agree.

Source: A YouGov poll of 1,000 U.S. adults conducted Aug. 27-29.

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