Daily News: Trump Should “Listen” to American People on Immigration

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The New York Daily News headlined its editorial today “Listen Mr. President-elect Donald Trump, to what the people want on immigration.”

The editorial says that while “President-elect Donald Trump has already moderated his rhetoric in lots of areas,” on immigration “not so much.” It points out that polls show widespread opposition to Trump’s key immigration proposals.

According to the editors of the Daily News:

He should listen to the people who just elected him. A new national poll shows that, despite having chosen as their leader who during his campaign talked tougher than anyone in memory on immigration, Americans are more sensible than ever on the issue.

Six in 10 voters — the most since Quinnipiac started asking the question — want undocumented immigrants to be able to stay in the country, with a pathway to eventual citizenship.

Meaning they don’t want systematic ripping apart of families, which is not only inhumane but economically destructive.

Meantime, those polled are opposed, 55% to 42%, to building that “big, beautiful” barrier on America’s southern border.

Trump has a mandate to grab the rusted, hyperpartisan machinery of Washington and make it work again — and to create quality jobs through major new infrastructure investments.

But hardly anyone is clamoring for him to turn the United States into deportation nation.

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Patrick Young blogs daily for Long Island Wins. He is the Downstate Advocacy Director of the New York Immigration Coalition and Special Professor of Immigration Law at Hofstra School of Law. He served as the Director of Legal Services and Program at Central American Refugee Center (CARECEN) for three decades before retiring in 2019. Pat is also a student of immigration history and the author of The Immigrants' Civil War.