Via the Blaze. Between this and that sunny jobs report this morning, that’s two 2020 campaign ads in the can for Trump in the span of about 12 hours. The most surprising bit here is when Cooper asks him if Trump deserves credit for the drop in illegal immigration last month and Ramos replies … sort of favorably: “Really no one wants illegal immigration, not even undocumented immigrants. It is very risky for them. It is better to do it in a legal way.” Jorge Ramos, border hawk? But then I realized, no, this is really just his backhanded way of calling for open borders. Watch what he says at the end about “the policies of fear and xenophobia and cruelty” in deporting illegals “who are not criminals, people who have no criminal record — moms and dads.” To Ramos, it seems, anyone who isn’t a criminal (or maybe even a violent criminal) should be allowed to cross the border legally and stay. Not long ago, that position would have been seen as radical. In today’s modern Democratic Party, it’s so mainstream as to be virtually indistinguishable from Hillary Clinton’s position.
This isn’t the newsiest interview he’s given this week. A few days ago, he told Tucker Carlson that “many people who support Donald Trump, they think it is their country, that it is a white country.” To which Ann Coulter replied:
Jorge Ramos: Trump voters think America belongs to whites. No, they think it belongs to Americans. Ramos thinks it belongs to nonAmericans.
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) March 10, 2017
I’d say Ramos thinks it belongs to anyone who wants to be an American, but Coulter’s formulation is interesting given how it jibes with that story yesterday about Steve Bannon supposedly encouraging Trump not to rescind DACA. Deporting DREAMers wouldn’t be a priority for Bannon, a source told BuzzFeed, because “these kids have been here and they’re going to schools here… They’re Americans. They understand the culture.” All arguments over legalization are to some extent arguments over “How American are they really?”, but that’s especially true in an administration as overtly nationalist as this one. The more persuasively you can argue that you’re an American in terms of national and cultural loyalty, the stronger your claim to stay is. (See also, e.g., military interpreters in Iraq and Afghanistan and illegals who have served in the U.S. military.) Few people have an argument stronger than the DREAMers’.
— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) March 10, 2017