2016 Election: Update on Trump and Hillary

This year’s presidential election campaign has brought several hot topics to the plate, the most prominent being immigration. With Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton leading the Republican and Democratic parties, ideas for immigration reform differ greatly. According to Politico, Trump leads the GOP as the Republican nominee by 19%.  Hillary Clinton leads as the Democratic nominee by 55% with fewer competitors.

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Trump told NBC News that, if elected, he would rescind Obama’s executive orders on immigration, which offer protection to those brought illegally into the country as children.  Trump said he would deport all illegal immigrants and their children.  “We’re going to keep the families together, but they have to go” Trump said in an interview with NBC’s Chuck Todd.  Trump’s campaign posted a policy paper on immigration onto its website that also states that Trump wants to build a wall along the border at the cost of the Mexican government.  In the policy, he claims that, “Mexico’s leaders have been taking advantage of the United States by using illegal immigration to export the crime and poverty in their own country (as well as in other Latin American countries).”  He also states that the Mexican government is telling people how to illegally immigrate to the US.

In other Trump news, Trump recently signed a GOP pledge which states he will only run for the Republican party, even if he does not receive their nomination.  “The best way for the Republicans to win is if I win the nomination and go directly against whoever [Democrats] happen to put up, and for that reason I have signed the pledge,” Trump said.

Meanwhile, Hillary Clinton is in favor of citizenship for people living in the US illegally because she claims it is too difficult to deport them.  Ironically, while she was first lady under President Bill Clinton, she supported the Illegal Immigration Reform and Immigrant Responsibility Act of 1996, which supported mass deportation.


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However, Hillary Clinton appears to be in danger as her trustworthiness seems to be falling deeper and deeper down the drain.  Just recently she came out and apologized for using her personal email account.  She said in an interview with ABC News’ David Muir, “I do think I could have and should have done a better job answering questions earlier. I really didn’t perhaps appreciate the need to do that.”  Ironically, Clinton told the Associated Press on Monday that she would not apologize for using a private account because, as she said, “What I did was allowed.”  

Hillary is watching over her shoulder as Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is catching up to her in the polls.  Sanders just recently gained a lead of nine percentage point over Hillary in New Hampshire and is catching up to here in Iowa.  Meanwhile, there appears to be a chance that Vice President Joe Biden will jump into the race and challenge Clinton and Sanders for the Democratic nomination. Having been asked by CNN’s Brianna Keilar, he responded saying “I feel like I am home right now” and continued to deflect questions as to precisely whether or not he would jump into the race.   

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