Trump overestimated impact of anti-immigrant rhetoric on the midterms, exit polls show

Trump overestimated impact of anti-immigrant rhetoric on the midterms, exit polls show

Donald Trump and the migrant caravan. (Photo illustration: Yahoo News: photos: Marco Ugarte/AP, AP)

Tuesday’s exit polls suggest President Trump overestimated voters’ concerns about illegal immigration ahead of the midterms.

election of Democrat Laura Kelly for Kansas governor over Kris Kobach, a Trump ally with a long record of promoting anti-immigrant and minority voter-suppression policies in Kansas and across the country. Before becoming vice chairman of the Trump administration’s highly criticized panel to investigate voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, Kobach was the chief architect of Arizona’s strict immigration law, SB 1070, most of which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. Echoing Trump, Kobach had tried to stoke fears about caravans of Central American migrants in an effort to make illegal immigration a key issue in the Kansas gubernatorial race.’ data-reactid=”39″>For example, civil rights and immigrant rights groups praised the election of Democrat Laura Kelly for Kansas governor over Kris Kobach, a Trump ally with a long record of promoting anti-immigrant and minority voter-suppression policies in Kansas and across the country. Before becoming vice chairman of the Trump administration’s highly criticized panel to investigate voter fraud in the 2016 presidential election, Kobach was the chief architect of Arizona’s strict immigration law, SB 1070, most of which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional. Echoing Trump, Kobach had tried to stoke fears about caravans of Central American migrants in an effort to make illegal immigration a key issue in the Kansas gubernatorial race.

In a statement following Kobach’s defeat Tuesday night, Frank Sharry, executive director of the progressive immigration reform group America’s Voice, said Kobach “has a long history of vilifying immigrants and pushing repressive policies. He has inflicted pain on millions. It finally caught up with him.

“Thank you, Kansas, for standing up to hate and division and standing up for decency and fairness,” Sharry said.

Maryland’s Frederick and Harford counties, for example, re-elected Republican sheriffs who have engaged their offices in 287(g)  partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In Florida’s Hillsborough county, Chad Chronister, one of 17 sheriffs in the state to join a disputed agreement to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally for an extra 48 hours on ICE’s behalf, defeated his Democratic challenger, who had pledged to withdraw from the partnership.’ data-reactid=”57″>But not all proponents of Trump’s hardline approach to immigration were defeated Tuesday. Voters in Maryland’s Frederick and Harford counties, for example, re-elected Republican sheriffs who have engaged their offices in 287(g)  partnerships with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). In Florida’s Hillsborough county, Chad Chronister, one of 17 sheriffs in the state to join a disputed agreement to detain people suspected of being in the country illegally for an extra 48 hours on ICE’s behalf, defeated his Democratic challenger, who had pledged to withdraw from the partnership.

pulled from several networks, including Fox News.’ data-reactid=”59″>On Wednesday, Trump defended his stance on the Central American migrant caravan and dismissed the notion that his rhetoric “demonized immigrants.” Trump’s final midterms campaign ad, which apparently sought to portray members of the caravan as violent criminals, was deemed racist and ultimately pulled from several networks, including Fox News.

But asked Wednesday whether he regretted the ad, Trump replied definitively: “No, I’m surprised you would ask me that question. I do not.”

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