Elections Cont'd

I wanted to spend a post this week writing on those attempting to catch the front-runners for the major-party presidential nominations. Most of us believe that Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump are the presumptive nominees, but members of the media recently are pointing to developments that muddy the water a bit. Perhaps this is to spice up the narrative of the election ;), but I'll leave that up to you to decide. I just wanted to write a bit on the proposed immigration policy of those challenging the front-runners.

On the Democratic side, Bernie Sanders has wide support for his arguments that the political process is rigged by large donors and interests. The position resonates with Americans, because we see that things seem distant and unaccountable in Washington, that something much bigger than us controls lawmakers. While this may be true, it is the identification of a problem from Sanders rather than a solution.

I will say though that he does have an articulated policy on immigration. Upon taking office, he would bypass the lawmaking process in Congress and issue an Executive Order to create a path for those living without documentation in the US to earn citizenship. It is unclear how far his executive authority on this front could reach, but it would potentially change the lives of many families currently in the United States. I would just caution here that he may have power to determine the manner of immigration enforcement, only Congress can change the actual law on immigration.

The Republican challenger to Donald Trump, Ted Cruz, is taking a completely opposite tack. His position would deport all those living in the United States without documentation, triple border security, and create a wall to keep more immigrants from entering the country without documentation. It is unclear how this policy would assist Mr. Cruz in the general election, but it seems that a great deal of Republican voters respond to this rhetoric. 

I'm not sure at this point whether the Republican party will attempt a coup at their convention and perhaps nominate another candidate (Paul Ryan perhaps?) to run against the Democratic nominee. Whoever reaches the general election will attempt to find a ground that alienates the least amount of voters and appeals to the broadest populace. I think it remains to be seen what exactly that position will be. I'll write again on it as the general election draws near :),

-Chris