I’m sure that EVERY family in this country has rleltives that where immigrants….
I going after the concept of immigration, which follows Trump’s rants, how do they expect to counter a developing Democratic possible ‘wave’ ?
It does seem like another indication that GOP candidates are defying their leadership’s wishes to move away from the issue and trying to piggyback on Trump’s popularity with the Republican voters….
The GOP focus on immigration is particularly striking, given that it was not among the top 10 issues Republicans spent their ad dollars on at this point in the 2014 midterms. In that cycle, GOP contenders attacked President Obama, bashing the Affordable Care Act and promising to rein in government spending.
Now, immigration ranks second only to pro-Trump spots in GOP campaigns across the country — and just by a smidgen.
“Just about every survey I’ve seen shows that among Republican primary voters, immigration is one of the most important issues, if not the most important,” said Brian Murray, a GOP consultant based in Arizona.
Murray was a top adviser to Rep. Debbie Lesko in her successful bid to win the special election in April for Arizona’s 8th Congressional District.
While other GOP candidates opened with biographical spots, “our first ad during the primary was all about immigration,” Murray said. Lesko kept the focus on immigration through the general election, where she faced an unusually stiff challenge from Democrat Hiral Tipirneni in a GOP-friendly district.
Murray said he’s not surprised that Republicans in non-border states are embracing a similar strategy, particularly after Trump catapulted immigration into the national spotlight during his 2016 presidential campaign.
“I don’t see immigration going away as an issue” for Republicans, Murray said.
In Washington, House GOP leaders would like to make the immigration issue fade away. It’s tearing the GOP conference apart — and jeopardizing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s grip on power….