AUSTIN (TEXAS TRIBUNE) – Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump is returning to Texas next month to raise money for his campaign.
Trump will attend a fundraiser on the evening of Aug. 23 in Austin, according to Mica Mosbacher, a former finance co-chair of the Republican National Committee who is aiding Trump’s efforts in Texas.
“Republican donors in Texas seem to be firmly behind the nominee,” said Mosbacher, who previously helped with fundraising for Ted Cruz‘s presidential campaign. “He’s growing the donor base, which tells me he’s growing the party.”
Trump’s last visit to Texas happened over two days in June, when he held fundraisers in Dallas, San Antonio and Houston, as well as rallies in Dallas and The Woodlands. His son, Donald Trump Jr., was in Dallas and Houston on Monday for fundraisers.
The August fundraiser will likely be Trump’s first trip to Texas since he officially became the Republican nominee last week at the GOP national convention in Cleveland.
CLEVELAND (AP) — As he turns his attention to the general election, Donald Trump is signaling that he is ready to tone down his fiery rhetoric on illegal immigration — at least behind closed doors.
At the same time, Republican officials appear eager to push him in a more moderate direction, telling Hispanics that he has abandoned his divisive primary pledge to deport the estimated 11 million people living in the country illegally — even if Trump hasn’t said so publicly himself.
“Trump has already said that he will not do massive deportations,” Helen Aguirre Ferre, the Republican National Committee’s director of Hispanic communications, told reporters at a Spanish-language briefing at the party’s convention two weeks ago. Instead, she said, “he will focus on removing the violent undocumented who have criminal records and live in the country.”
It’s a statement that may come as a surprise to Trump’s legion of loyal followers, many of whom were first drawn to Trump because of his hard-line views on immigration and border security. Trump has vowed to build a wall along the length of the southern border and use a “deportation force” to track down and deport anyone in the country illegally.
“You’re going to have a deportation force, and you’re going to do it humanely,” Trump said in a TV interview last fall. He estimated in a separate interview that the process would take between 18 months to two years.
But those who would like to see Trump move in a more inclusive direction say that Trump has indicated that he no longer advocates that plan. As evidence, they point to several vague sentences from an interview Trump gave earlier this summer to Bloomberg News during a whirlwind trip to Scotland to visit his golf courses.
“President Obama has mass deported vast numbers of people — the most ever, and it’s never reported. I think people are going to find that I have not only the best policies, but I will have the biggest heart of anybody,” Trump told the outlet. Pressed on whether he would issue “mass deportations,” Trump responded: “No, I would not call it mass deportations.”
“We are going to get rid of a lot of bad dudes who are here,” he was quoted as saying.
It remains unclear whether Trump was taking rhetorical or ideological issue with the phrase, and Trump has not made similar comments at any point since. Asked how he would manage the deportations at a press conference in Florida Wednesday, Trump said only, “We’re going to have a whole policy on that over the next three weeks.”
This kind of ambiguity is not unusual for Trump, whose vague statements often leave room for numerous, sometimes conflicting interpretations.
But for some who are supporting Trump and want to see him moderate, the meaning is clear.
“Two or three weeks ago, (Trump) conceded in an interview in Bloomberg in which he said the term ‘massive deportation’ is not used by him, and it was planted by a journalist,” said the head of Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles, Alfonso Aguilar, who recently signed a letter along with several other Latino conservatives endorsing Trump.
Aguilar said that he had seen in Trump’s comments “something very interesting, which can be the beginning of an openness toward the center on immigration. He said he wants to remove only people with criminal record, not people without criminal record. It could be the openness toward a legalization.”
A similar interpretation has also developed among Hispanic and religious leaders who have met with Trump privately in recent months. Trump, they say, has been signaling that he is open to embracing a less punitive immigration policy that focuses on “compassion” along with the rule of law. Seizing on what they see as an opportunity to steer the candidate, several have formed an informal advisory committee that has been working on a series of recommendation they hope to Trump will consider.
“He realizes that there are a lot of good people that are in the shadows. He wants some proposals on how to work on that,” said Ohio-based televangelist Frank Amedia, who is helping to lead the effort.
Hillary Clinton told “Fox News Sunday” that her priority if elected would be to deport violent criminals and those linked to terrorism.
“But don’t go rounding up hard working mothers and fathers, taking them out of the factories or the hotels or the homes where they’re working, making them disappear and leaving their children alone,” she said. “That doesn’t make any sense to me.”
A record 27.3 million Latinos will be eligible to vote in the 2016 presidential elections, according to the Pew Research Center. While much of Trump’s backing comes from white males, he could gain an advantage in a tightening race if he makes gains with this critical demographic.
Trump, Amedia said, has expressed interests in a plan that would quickly deport “the undesirables” from the country. But the group has also been exploring various options to deal with the millions of otherwise law-abiding immigrants living in the shadows, who are often afraid to report crimes or abuse for fear of deportation.
“It’s not satisfactory for them to stay in that position,” Amedia said. “They too need to have a recourse where they can walk out of the shadows and into the light.”
Pastor Herman Martir, the president Asian Action Network, who is also involved in the effort, said that after meeting recently with the candidate to discuss his community’s concerns, he expects to see a “change of tone in terms of being inclusive.”
“I think because of that dialogue, he understood the need to put together something that will work for everybody,” he said. “The approach is more compassionate, not so much about gathering everyone and pushing them aside and turning them back.”
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To Speak or Not to Speak
The elegant cursive handwriting initially catches his attention. The student moves around his classmates to get a better look. Gazing at the slightly shriveled document, he wonders how a single paper could establish an entire nation. This is the Constitution, America’s guide for government. After skimming the Articles, he spies the Bill of Rights. Only last week his government class studied the First Amendment’s clause about freedom of speech. Just then, a classmate complains saying, “This field trip is so boring. I can’t wait until lunch.” Immediately after, he hears a protesting mob, outside the National Archives, chanting passionately against a new law. Ironically, both the classmate and the mob have exercised their freedom of speech. Whether a petty private complaint or fierce public protest, the First Amendment protects every American’s right to express himself. Second only to freedom of worship, freedom of speech remains the most fundamental freedom of this nation. Ever since our forefathers instituted it to protect other freedoms, freedom of speech permeates American life in current events and my own life.
America prides herself as perhaps the freest nation on this earth. She guards her freedoms so closely because of a legacy established a little over two hundred years ago. In 1791, the Framers of the Constitution decided to add to the Constitution a profound list of rules called the Bill of Rights. The first rule is the most important; “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech…” (US Const., Amendment 1). Interestingly, past experience of religious intolerance prompted our Founding Fathers to raise freedom of worship above all other freedoms by listing it first. Yet, our forefathers brilliantly added freedom of speech immediately after because, as Professor of History David J. Bodenhamer asserts in his book, Our Rights, “it is how we protect all of our other rights and liberties” (57). Our forefathers knew that to ensure religious freedom meant upholding people’s right to express their beliefs. This includes various forms of verbal and symbolic speech. Not to mention, should the government violate religious freedom, people can legally speak out against this injustice. If freedom of religion is the king of rights, then freedom of speech is its queen.
Our forefathers also included freedom of speech in the First Amendment for another reason. Namely, they recognized that each man has free will. As radio talk show host Mark Levin points out in his book Liberty and Tyranny, “the Natural Law [of free will is what]… the Founding Fathers adopted as the principle around which civilized American society would be organized” (25). Indeed, Americans cherish their ability to choose for themselves. One way choice is manifested is through freedom of speech. Free will is inextricably exercised each time a person voices his opinion in a public or private sphere. This freedom is so crucial to the heart of what it means to be human. In fact, English poet John Milton succinctly affirms this when he writes, “Give me liberty to know, to utter, and to argue freely according to conscience, above all liberties” (Bodenhamer 60). We, as Americans, are so dedicated to “the right to decide for ourselves and to pursue our own destiny” because the Framers included freedom of speech in the First Amendment (Bodenhamer 60). Thus, freedom of speech has given people the ability to choose between speaking the truth and opposing it. Without freedom of speech, individualism fades and humanity succumbs to monotonous slavery under the government’s demands.
Every day millions of Americans exercise their freedom of speech. Various forms of speech have marked America’s history in positive and negative ways. For one, freedom of speech is used to create a culture of compassion and life. In fact, last school year in Washington state, high school senior Konner Sauve created an anonymous Instagram account, using it to send uplifting messages to his classmates (Pelletiere). Through evolving social media, Sauve used his freedom of speech to bring light into the lives of others. However, unlike Sauve, some people abuse their freedom of speech. For instance, members of the Westboro Baptist Church “frequently [demonstrate] at military funerals, claiming that the deaths of the soldiers were a sign that God disapproved of the acceptance of homosexuality in the United States” (Ginsberg et al. 130-131). Thus, these protesters bring only pain and more grief to families who have lost their loved ones. Despite the hate caused by these protests, kindhearted Americans like Konner Sauve continue to show this nation how to build up a better world through freedom of speech.
Personally, my own life involves freedom of speech on a daily basis through formation as an individual. An often unconsidered aspect of free speech is how it affects others. When I witness other people exercising their freedom of speech, I am not only exposed to their audible words but also to the ideas and motivations behind those words. Over time, I amass a variety of opinions and perspectives from which I develop my own understanding of the world. In other words, freedom to speak is freedom to think. Mass media is a prime source of free speech and thought. For example, newspapers, broadcast stations, and social media networks feed a vast array of viewpoints into the public ear. I am affected because I hear what they say. Every day, whether I realize it or not, I am ideologically influenced by the secular and the religious, the conservative and the liberal, the optimistic and the pessimistic. In turn, I must strive to form the best version of myself with those ideas.
Freedom of speech defines America well. What began with a few educated men, visionaries who desired to establish a nation of people free from tyranny, culminated with the birth of free speech. It lives on in public events and private lives. Yet, this freedom is still a preserved privilege. President Ronald Reagan once said, “Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction…. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on” (Levin 205). We must relentlessly combat any attack on our freedom to speak the truth, such as political correctness. United under one Constitution, we must always fulfill our duty to speak the truth, no matter the cost.
- Bodenhamer, David J. Our Rights. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007, Print.
- Declaration of Independence; The Constitution of the United States. Washington: The Heritage Foundation, 2010. Print.
- Ginsberg, Benjamin, Theodore J. Lowi, Margaret Weir, and Caroline J. Tolbert. We the People: An Introduction to American Politics. 10th ed. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2015. Print.
- Levin, Mark R. Liberty and Tyranny. New York: Threshold Editions, 2009. Print.
- Marshall, Peter, and David Manuel. The Light and the Glory. Grand Rapids: baker Book House Company, 1977. Print.
- Pelletiere, Nicole. “Washington Valedictorian’s Secret Instagram Reveals Tear-Jerking Thoughts on Classmates.” Abcnews.go.com. ABC News, 11 Jun. 2015. Web. 31 Dec. 2015.