OMAHA – Guests of the Republican Business and Professional Women's Candidate Forum were halfway to dessert when Representative Don Bacon offered to answer their questions.
"There are another thousand immigrants coming to our border from Honduras," cried a woman. "And we can not stop them without giving them asylum."
Then a second woman asked about immigration. And a third. And a quarter. And a fifth.
Mr. Bacon, a center-back Republican who was to be re-elected in the only district of Nebraska that voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and sent a Democrat to Congress in 201
But soon the banquet hall, filled with a few dozen people who looked mostly white and in their 60s and 70s, broke into the songs of" Build the wall. " ! Build the wall! "
Barely two weeks before a vote that threatens to sweep Republicans in the House of Representatives and turn the hope for a conservative immigration reform on its head, the party led by President Trump more aggressively turns to dark portrayals of undocumented immigrants, to enchant voters
Mr Trump, whose political attraction to his electoral constituencies is largely rooted in warnings of illegal immigration as a threat to American security, sovereignty and identity, has compounded his stubborn, rebellious attacks on Latin American migrants as He travels the country saving the Republican majorities in the House of Representatives and in the Senate.
His renewed emphasis on the issue reflects the conviction of strategists in both parties that Republican candidates often benefit from illegal immigration with crime, economic They dismiss voters, especially women, and describe democrats as too spineless to tackle the problem. Englisch: emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 263 & lang = en , Trump also tries to connect the problem with another powerful factor in the middle of the time: he himself. With the fate of his legislative agenda in line, Mr. Trump, without offering any evidence, accuses political opponents of invading foreigners so that he and the Republicans will lose in November.
On Twitter he called a migrant gang of immigrants who made their way north from Latin America "led by the Democrat Party" and an "attack on our country". Later he accused him of a rally in Montana for Matt Rosedale, the Republican candidate for the Senate. Enemies of Caravan Financing
"A lot of money has gone to people trying to reach the border by Election Day, because they think that's negative for us, "he told the crowd. (How that would be negative, he remained inexplicable, although he has mistakenly blamed his loss in the referendum on illegal elections of undocumented immigrants in 2016.)
In a Twitterpost on Saturday, Mr. Trump pounded Democrats for "obstructionist" on immigration reform. "Look at the unnecessary pain and suffering they cause," he wrote, pleading with Democratic leaders in the House and Senate, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, "Call me!"
It did not seem that a call would come. The Democrats, who are in tacit recognition of the power of Trump's rhetoric, have for the most part refrained from responding directly to his unfounded charges. In a joint statement on Saturday, Ms. Pelosi and Mr. Schumer said the president was "desperate to change the subject from health care to immigration."
Immigration Has Become a "Threshold Problem" That Almost Encourages Voters to Become Deputy How they feel about the president said Sam Nunberg, a former Advisor to Mr. Trump's presidential campaign, who investigated how As Stephen K Bannon, former White House chief strategist, encourages grass-roots voters in the party, [
He explained how Trump supporters perceived illegal immigration, Mr. Nunberg said, "We believe again that Donald Trump was under attack and that the Democrats are staging it. "
Across the country – from states with small foreign-born populations like Montana to those where immigrants are an important political constituency like Florida – Republicans have borrowed from Mr. Trump's textbook. In Indiana, they attack Senator Joe Donnelly, a vulnerable Democrat, as "Mexico Joe," an allusion to a questionable accusation that he benefits from the job of his brother who outsourced Jobs. In Missouri, Josh Hawley has repeatedly accused his opponent, Senator Claire McCaskill, of advocating "open borders," a misleading term that the President often uses against Democrats to falsely claim that they are opposed to improving border security.
When he blocked his immigration reforms, Trump found an eager and receptive audience among the Republican voters, who had been fired by months of television commercials from conservative political groups. These warn against the fact that the democratic control of the congress would mean lawless "havens" in which immigrants with impunity drugs consume and sell; a dangerous liberal effort to "abolish I.C.E.", the Border Guard; encouraged MS-13 bands; and "open borders".
Some strategists who have counseled immigration democrats have instructed them not to engage in a detailed debate by Republicans seeking to attack their positions, but rather to a friendlier terrain such as healthcare and wages.
"You will not fall prey to his racism, you will promise to bring people together to tackle the daily challenges," said Frank Sharry, the executive director of America's Voice, an immigration group.
The story of "The Caravan", a long line of Latin American migrants fleeing north each year, became a sensation in April after a smaller group found their way through Mexico and, for the first time, attention the media that caught the eye of the president.
The caravan has the components that make it a blockbuster in conservative media – and irresistible to Mr. Trump. It shows striking visual elements: images of thousands of Latin American men, women and children in such a large procession that it sometimes fills the width of a city street. Although reports often indicate that migrants travel to the United States to seek asylum, many remain in Mexico.
The migrants call different reasons for their journey. Some say they flee from gangs who terrorize their neighborhood. Others call the search for work and more stability for their families. Advocacy groups have in the past warned caravans of the desperate situation in countries like Honduras and urged the United States to ease its immigration laws.
The coverage of the caravan has become a vehicle for other conspiratorial storylines popular on the right. Sometimes they spread with the help of the president.
"Can you believe that, and what Democrats allow to be done to our country? " the president said on Twitter.
But before Mr. Trump sent out his tweet, Representative Matt Gaetz, a Republican from Florida who is an outspoken ally of the President, circulated the video, hinting that it was one of George Soros, the billionaire progressive philanthropists and financiers, would reveal a funded democratic conspiracy to overrun the country with immigrants elections. In the right-wing media, Mr. Soros is often the hidden architect of the caravan. There is no evidence that he has played any role in financing the caravans.
Most Republicans are not dissatisfied with legal immigration, opinion polls. An independent Grinnell College poll in late August and early September revealed that only 21 percent of Republicans said the country has too many legal immigrants, compared with 12 percent of Democrats.
The Grinnell poll also revealed that Republicans were more concerned about illegal immigration. Fifty-two percent mistakenly believed that undocumented immigrants committed more violent crimes than the general population, compared with 28 percent of Americans who believed it.
In the poll conducted for Mr. Bannon, the question of illegal immigration has significantly affected the perception of voters The two parties contributed to reducing a 9-point lead for Democrats to 2 points.
Democrats have found a similar dynamic. Surveys carried out in the summer by the Progressive Center for American Progress and the Centrist Third Way showed that, especially in the states and districts won by Trump in 2016, voters were concerned about the idea of "capitals" – jurisdictions that cooperate with them Restrict with the federal authorities. The findings indicated that these voters were persuaded by misleading attacks that made Protectorates lawless places where undocumented immigrants could commit crimes without consequences. The attacks fell on voters with college education, researchers found, but appealed to white voters without college education, older women, and independents.
The theme is often powerful in the most competitive races, like Mr. Bacons.
In Nebraska, the opinion poll conducted by the Congressional Leadership Fund, a Republican super-PAC, unanimously found that the two most important topics for voters were immigration and health care
. Bacon's district, which covers most of Omaha and its suburbs, is 1,100 miles from the Mexican border and 73 percent from whites. Like many Republicans who have tried to spend their time with the voters to talk about the growing economy and the lower tax rates, he notes that immigration continues to advance. In an interview after his comments to the republican businesswoman's club, Mr. Bacon described an exchange he had just had with a constituent. "She says, 'Don, we do not care if they separate families," to which the congressman said he replied, "Well, you're in the minority."
"I said I can not do that," Mr. Bacon added. "I have to be honest."