By Jon Dougherty
Talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh on Thursday discussed POTUS Donald Trump’s latest threat to shut down the U.S.-Mexico border in order to deal with rising numbers of illegal aliens who are stretching border and customs’ resources past the breaking point, noting that if he were to do thatÂ and build portions of a wall, he would become unbeatable next year.
In an interview with another talk show behemoth, Sean Hannity, on the latter’sÂ Fox News program, Limbaugh said that the president has to “zero in on immigration,” despite POTUS’ desire for the “Republican Party to become known as the party of health care” instead, hitting on an issue near and dear to voters’ hearts in 2018.
“[Health care] is a tangible thing that really matters to every human being,” he said.
However, Limbaugh notes that Trump was elected primarily on a platform to build a border wall and to address illegal immigration and all of its ancillary issues like sanctuary cities, birthright citizenship, and so forth.
Limbaugh went onto note that the U.S. halted most immigration in the 1920s in an effort to assimilate the millions who had come largely from Europe.
But that’s not happening today, the host noted. “We have a political party [Democrats] opening the border for illegal immigrants to come … what happened to the rule of law?” said Limbaugh.
“I think the president should shut the border. If he shuts the border and builds the wall, Sean, there is nobody that can beat him in 2020. [Immigration] remainsÂ the issue for the vast majority of freedom-loving, Constitution-loving, American-loving citizens.”
If immigration isn’t checked, Limbaugh said, “there’s always going to be an America, but it’s not going to remain a constitutional republic as founded.”
On Thursday, we published a story highlighting new research from the University of Alabama proves most immigrants, as well as first- and second-generation Americans, support Democrats in the polls.
In a paper titled, â€œImmigration Status, Immigrant Family Ties, and Support for the Democratic Party,â€ researcher George Hawley used data from theÂ 2016 Cooperative Congressional Election Study to determine immigrant voting patterns and whether â€ immigration status itself is a predictor of Democratic Party afï¬liation and vote choice, even controlling for other attributes.
After creating â€œsingle- and multilevel models of party afï¬liation and vote choiceâ€ using the Harvard CCES model, Hawley found that â€œimmigration status was a statistically signiï¬cant and substantively important predictor of Democratic afï¬liation.â€
Hawley also noted that the same was true for children and grandchildren of immigrants, but that ties to the Donkey Party â€œweakened over multiple generations.â€
For now, Hawley said, Republicans hold the White House, a decent majority in the Senate and a majority of state legislatures. That, he said, likely wonâ€™t be the case for much longer given demographic trends.
â€œIt has become conventional wisdom that the growing immigrant population, and the resulting large nonwhite population more generally, will eventually usher in a new period of Democratic hegemony,â€ he wrote.
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