Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Activists call for Biden to Bring Immigrants and Immigration into Presidential Debate, Even if NBC and Trump Won't


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On Thursday, President Donald Trump and Joe Biden will participate in the second and final presidential debate.  

Immigration was not discussed in the first debate.  Adrian Carrasquillo for Newsweek discusses the push by immigrant activists to press for discussion of immigration.  According to the story, 

"Marielena Hincapie, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center (NILC), was named to Biden's unity task force by Senator Bernie Sanders, and served as the co-chair on immigration.

NILC's Immigrant Justice Fund is laser-focused on reaching 130,000 persuadable Latino and white women voters in Arizona, North Carolina, and Wisconsin. The work has shown Hincapie that Trump's attacks on immigrants don't resonate like they used to and persuadable voters are "hungry" for a different vision of America.

If [the moderator] doesn't bring up immigration, Biden should, Hincapie said.

`He has a history of describing immigrants as a strength to this nation, he believes that at his core,' she said, citing research that showed that pro-immigrant messages focused on an economy that works for everyone increased support substantially. `He should lean into immigrants—not just immigration—as part of our nation whether he's talking about climate or the economy, whether at the debate or on the trail.'"


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