Trump ‘can’t guarantee’ legal status of his own workers

Trump ‘can’t guarantee’ legal status of his own workers
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(CNN)Donald Trump says he “can’t guarantee” that all of the workers he employs have legal status in the United States, and warned that if he were to discover any illegal immigrants working for him, “We would get rid of them immediately.”
In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper on Wednesday, the billionaire businessmen and Republican presidential candidate addressed questions about a recent Washington Post report that said there are illegal immigrants working at the Old Post Office Pavilion construction site in Washington, which Trump is converting into a luxury hotel.
Speaking at the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, Trump said that the buck “absolutely” stops with him and that he wished the Post article had named the alleged illegal workers so he could take prompt action.
“We have gone out of our way to make sure that everybody in that building is legal,” he said. “I wish they would give us some names, we would get them out immediately.”
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Trump, who announced his bid for the Republican Party’s nomination for president last month, has faced furious national backlash after remarking that he believes some immigrants that come into the U.S. from countries like Mexico were “rapists.” He has since repeatedly stood by those comments.
In the wide-ranging interview with CNN, Trump also addressed a racially charged tweet this week that has been heavily criticized.
Trump retweeted the message: “#JebBush has to like the Mexican Illegals because of his wife.”
According to The Wrap, which captured a screen grab of the tweet, the tweet was soon deleted.
Trump said in the CNN interview that he had never authorized that retweet but was unapologetic.
“Do I regret it? No, I don’t regret it,” Trump said.
He said that he believed the immigration stance of former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is also running for president, may be influenced by his wife’s background.
“If he loves his wife and she’s from Mexico, I think it probably has an influence on him, yes. I can understand that.” Trump said.
In a separate interview with NBC News, Trump blasted the conservative commentator Charles Krauthammer — who called Trump a “rodeo clown” — as an “a totally overrated person.”
After slamming his other critics, Trump appeared to invoke Krauthammer’s use of a wheelchair.
“And then I get called by a guy that can’t buy a pair of pants, I get called names? Give me a break,” he said.
This story has been updated to clarify the context of Trump’s comments on NBC

 

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Donald Trump: ‘I Will Win the Latino Vote’. (WE ARE NOT VOTING FOR YOU.)

Donald Trump: ‘I Will Win the Latino Vote’
Donald Trump said Wednesday that he believes he will win the Latino vote, slamming Hillary Clinton for promoting what he called an immigration policy that would “let everybody come in… killers, criminals, drug dealers.”
“I have a great relationship with the Mexican people. I have many people working for me – look at the job in Washington – I have many legal immigrants working with me. And many of them come from Mexico. They love me, I love them,” the 2016 GOP contender said in an interview with NBC News. “And I’ll tell you something, if I get the nomination, I’ll win the Latino vote.”
Trump said that “there’s nothing to apologize for” in relation to his controversial comments about Mexico, arguing that he’ll win the support of Latinos because of his record creating jobs.
“Hillary Clinton is not going to be able to create jobs, I will tell you right now,” he said. “Neither is Jeb Bush going to be able to create jobs. I will create jobs and the Latinos will have jobs that they don’t have right now. And I will win that vote.”
He added that Hillary Clinton’s immigration policy would be to “let everybody come in… killers, criminals, drug dealers.”
“Hillary’s weak on immigration,” he said. “I might be divisive on immigration, but she’s weak on immigration, which is far worse.”
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“If you listen to Hillary, she is so weak on immigration, we will have a crime rate like you’ve never seen,” he added.
Trump also labeled Clinton “the worst secretary of state in the history of our nation.”
“The world blew up around us,” he said of her tenure at the helm of the State Department.
The real estate mogul continued to state that he will build an “impenetrable” wall between the United States and Mexico and that he would “make” the Mexican government foot the bill.
“Mexico’s making a fortune off the United States,” he said. “I would get them to pay for the wall. Believe me.”
Trump dismissed the idea that his business has been hurt by companies backing away from him as a result of his controversial comments. Macy’s, Serta, NBC Universal and Univision have announced that they’ve severed business ties with him.
“This is too important. Yeah, I’m losing some contracts. Who cares?” he said. “They’re weak and they want to be politically correct. Some of them have already apologized to me and said they made a mistake.”
Trump was also asked about a Washington Post report that quoted undocumented immigrants working on his hotel project in Washington, D.C.
“We have a very strong system,” he replied, saying that the newspaper did not reference any of the workers by name. “I have a contractor that is one of the biggest in the nation, they’re doing it. So far, they’re doing a very good job. We have a very strong verification system.”
In a statement, Trump’s campaign said:
Trump International Hotel, Washington DC has hired Lend Lease, a globally recognized construction management firm, to oversee construction at the Old Post Office and requires all contractors performing work at the project to follow all applicable federal, state and local laws. Our contractors are required to have prospective employees produce documentation that establishes identity and employment eligibility in compliance with immigration law. Lend Lease and the Trump Organization have worked on many large development projects together and have always used best in class practices above and beyond what is required by law.”
Trump’s controversial remarks about Mexican immigrants came during his unscripted announcement speech last month.
“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending the best,” he said during the speech. “They’re not sending you, they’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems. They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime. They’re rapists and some, I assume, are good people, but I speak to border guards and they’re telling us what we’re getting.”
NBC Universal announced on June 29 that it was cutting ties with Trump as a result of the comments.
“At NBC, respect and dignity for all people are cornerstones of our values,” NBC’s statement read. “Due to the recent derogatory statements by Donald Trump regarding immigrants, NBCUniversal is ending its business relationship with Mr. Trump.”
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Exposing the White Supremacy of the American Left

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Interrupting Bernie: Exposing the White Supremacy of the American Left #BlackLivesMatter
You know, I’ve always liked Bernie Sanders. I appreciate that as a U.S. Senator, he has been willing to speak the truth about many important social issues, but he’s also a U.S. Senator, which means that he is only going to be as progressive as his electorate allows him to be.
That said, I’d generally been pretty disappointed with the lack of racial justice analysis in his economic inequality platform as a candidate for president. That is, until a few weeks ago when some phenomenal Black activists at the Netroots Nation Presidential Town Hall forced his hand.
For all of the “this is not the way” sentiment we’re hearing from White progressives, it was the interruption at Netroots (alongside other direct pressure) that led to Bernie’s explicit platform on racial justice.
Notably, Black Lives Matter activists haven’t been successful (though I am sure not for lack of trying) in interrupting Hillary Clinton in the same way (that secret service protection and massive campaign budget for private security sure is handy), but even she has had little choice but to pay attention to Black Lives Matter as a movement.
And there is a great deal of disagreement within Black communities (we as White folks would do well to remember that people and Black organizations aren’t monoliths) about whether the action was strategic and whether targeting Bernie was the right move. And that dialogue should continue to take place within Black liberation spaces, but White folks – that’s not our business.
Because here’s the thing – what’s powerful about these interruptions from Black women is less how it has changed the tone of the Democratic campaigns and more about what they have exposed in the White left.
I see these protests as less about the individual candidates themselves and more about how their White base refuses to center Black lives and Black issues. It’s notable that White Bernie supporters, who consider themselves the most progressive of us all, shouted down and booed Black women who dared to force Blackness into the center of White space.
Because let’s be honest, every Bernie rally is White space.
In watching the over-the-top angry response from White liberals about Bernie being interrupted in Seattle, I can’t help but think of the words of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on White moderates:
What was true in King’s time is true in ours: the greatest stumbling block to racial justice is not the KKK; it’s well-meaning White people who would rather maintain injustice than risk the decentering of our Whiteness and White comfort.
And when I watch and hear the reaction of a mostly White Seattle crowd to a Black woman naming that the event is taking place in the context of Indigenous genocide, the new Jim Crow, and the everyday violence that Black, Brown, and Indigenous people face in Seattle, I’m ashamed.
Two Black women called for a moment of silence for Mike Brown a year after he was gunned down, left bleeding in the street for 4.5 hours, and White “progressives” shouted, booed, and chanted the name of a White man throughout that moment.
How much more committed to a “negative peace” can we get than literally shouting down the memory of a Black youth whose murder helped to spark this movement?
And how much more “devoted to ‘order’” can we be than to lecture Black people about what direct actions are and are not “hurting your cause”? (Notably, this language I’ve seen from countless White folks shows that we do not see the cause of racial justice as OUR cause – it’s that cause over there that we will tolerate so long as it doesn’t disrupt our Bernie rally.)
And how much more of a “stumbling block” can our self-proclaimed “allyship” be to racial justice when it’s so feeble as to proclaim, “I am a strong ally of the Black Lives Matter movement, but I’m not sure how to be an ally when they are this disrespectful to the only candidate that has actually done anything for minorities” (actual quote from one of the 15 or so social media threads I’m following as I write this article)?
Notably, it wasn’t two Black women who kept Bernie from speaking in Seattle. It was a White man, a Bernie supporter, who organized the event who shut it down, said the event was over, and informed the crowd that Sanders would not be speaking because he couldn’t agree with the “methods of direct action” of the Black women in front of him.
We are so resistant to the decentering of Whiteness and the centering of Blackness that we cut off our own nose to spite our face.
White solidarity toward racial justice must look like more than pointing to the fact that Bernie Sanders was a supporter of Civil Rights in the 60s. White solidarity toward racial justice must look like more than a Facebook share of a Ta-Nehisi Coates article (don’t get me wrong, I LOVE Coates). White solidarity toward racial justice must even look like more than showing up to the occasional rally that is organized and led by people of Color (though this is a good start – please show up).
White solidarity begins with our willingness to decenter ourselves and to divest from Whiteness, our privileges and power, and to support the centering of progressive leadership of Color.
White solidarity continues when we work with our own people to dismantle the deep-seated White supremacy that would cause us to boo during a moment of silence for a Black boy murdered by a White police officer.
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OUTRAGEOUS Things Donald Trump Has Said About Latinos & Women

How can a person with such condescending attitude be considered the next president of America?