Donald Trump’s hardline stance on immigration, which would include deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants and ending birthright citizenship if he were to become president, has shown America that the Republican strategy on immigration reform has some serious issues.
According to The Associated Press, GOP leadership had hoped more moderate views on immigration would be part of 2016 campaigning. This is in part because Romney’s 2012 run failed to reach most Hispanic voters, and the next nominee must capture some of this demographic if he or she hopes to make it to the presidency. However, Trump continues to insist his views represent the average American, and many people are listening. Not only do members of the public feel this way, but some politicians within the GOP do as well.
However, it is impossible now to reach the White House without appealing to voters of all ethnicities. Some Republican hopefuls, like Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio, are hoping to do just that – but Trump’s rhetoric has highlighted precisely how difficult that may be for the party to do.