And Now, a Message From Donald Trump Supporters


Donald Trump spoke to a crowd of around 20,000 in Mobile, Alabama on Friday and there was much fun to be had. He gave his usual rambling, incoherent stump speech, much of it packed with false claims and wild exaggerations. But the real fun was in talking to his fans to find out why they support him. I'm sure you'll be shocked to find out that a whole bunch of them are racist bigots who just love his xenophobic attacks on immigrants. … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and Originalism


Garrett Epps, a constitutional law professor from the University of Baltimore and one of the nation's foremost experts on the 14th Amendment, has a column at The Atlantic thoroughly debunking the conservative argument against birthright citizenship based upon the original intent of that amendment. As Republicans are proposing both a statutory change and a constitutional amendment to eliminate birthright citizenship, this is an important thing to keep in mind: … [Read more...]

Mickelson Stands By Slavery Plan, Hosts Another Presidential Candidate

Jan Mickelson

Iowa right wing radio host Jan Mickelson is not backing down from his appalling suggestion that immigrants who are in the country illegally should be rounded up and made slaves of the state. He told Media Matters that his idea is "constitutionally defensible, legally defensible, morally defensible, biblically defensible and historically defensible." And then Ted Cruz went on his show as if he wasn't a horrible piece of shit. … [Read more...]

There Is No ‘Anchor Baby’ Problem


To hear the right wing tell it, millions of people from all over the world -- but mostly from Mexico, of course -- are constantly streaming into the United States illegally in order to have babies because that baby is automatically a citizen and therefore their parents can't be kicked out of the country. Janell Ross at the Washington Post shows that this entire narrative is one big lie. … [Read more...]

Birthright Citizenship and the 14th Amendment


Since 1991, the Republican party has repeatedly advocated against the idea of birthright citizenship, which is clearly enshrined in the 14th Amendment and has been held by the courts to be the proper interpretation of the citizenship clause of that amendment since 1898. That case, United States v Wong Kim Ark, highlights some of the ironies of the conservative position on this issue on several fronts. … [Read more...]

Carson Okay With Drone Strikes to Stop Illegal Immigration

Credit: Michael Vadon

Ben Carson is once again showing that he is a rank amateur when it comes to campaigning and is hopelessly clueless on matters of public policy. While meeting with one of those unhinged county sheriffs who think they're the highest authority in the country, Carson responded to a question by saying that he's okay with using drone strikes to combat illegal immigration because "this is a war we are fighting." … [Read more...]

Right Wing Radio Host Wants to Turn Immigrants Into Slaves

Jan Mickelson

Being a right-wing radio talk show host must be very difficult. If you want to get noticed, you have to somehow find a way to say things even more bizarre and outrageous than people like Michael Savage, Steve Deace and Rick Wiles. Iowa wingnut host Jan Mickelson is apparently up to the task, saying that instead of deporting immigrants who are here illegally, we should round them up and turn them into slaves. … [Read more...]

Doocy Agrees With Trump on 14th Amendment


Steve Doocy, the dumbest man on television, delivered a typically ignorant soliloquy in support of Donald Trump's claim that the 14th Amendment does not grant birthright citizenship. And his "reasoning" is that hoary old bit of absurdity long used by enemies of equality to the effect that the 14th Amendment was passed to protect slaves and therefore only applies to slaves or to racial equality. … [Read more...]

Trump Thinks He Can Deport 11 Million People

Donald Trump continues his xenophobic anti-immigration campaign by releasing a "plan" to deal with immigration. It seems to have three parts: Loud bluster, illegal or unconstitutional actions and things he can't possibly do in the real world but thinks he can just by declaring that it shall be so. For instance, he promises to "defend the laws and constitution of the United States" while simultaneously proposing things that are illegal (tariffs on Mexico) and unconstitutional (ending birthright … [Read more...]

Two Klayman Lawsuits Dismissed in One Week


It was not a good week for Larry Klayman, the dumbest lawyer in America not named Mat Staver. He had two federal court cases dismissed, the first a ridiculous RICO suit filed against Bill and Hillary Clinton and the second the suit against Obama's immigration orders filed on behalf of fascist Maricopa County, Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio. Needless to say, it's all due to a vast conspiracy against him. … [Read more...]

Obama Insists on Inhumane Policy Toward Immigrant Families

A federal judge recently ruled that the Obama administration's policy of holding immigrant mothers and children from Central America in deplorable conditions indefinitely was illegal and ordered them to release those being held. But Obama, whose civil liberties record is appalling, isn't one to give up that easily. … [Read more...]

What Reagan and Bush Said About Immigration in 1980

As the Republican presidential candidates work hard to prove which one of them is more anti-immigration than the others (with Trump winning so far), ThinkProgress takes a look at what the Republican presidential contenders said on the matter in 1980. The difference is stark. … [Read more...]