Primaries shift focus to Immigration


As the two parties move away from Ohio and Florida and into Arizona, it is likely immigration will take the forefront as the main topic at issue.

Both of the Democratic runners, Clinton and Sanders have made their stance clear on immigration, pledging to continue Obama’s executive actions protecting undocumented immigrants from deportation while providing them with a track to residency and citizenship.

The Republicans, on the other hand, have taken a hard stance against illegal immigration and have promised to deport all illegal immigrants from the country.

The state itself, although having a sizable immigrant population, has had a generally conservative bent, and hasn’t voted for a Democratic candidate since 1996. Donald Trump, in particular, stands in a favorable position, having been endorsed by popular former Arizona governor Jan Brewer and the recently notorious Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Trump has confirmed his visit to the state this week, but Cruz has no firm travel plans set yet.

On the Democratic side, the race will be closer in the primaries, with Sander’s wife having been in the state since earlier this week.

With all of the perspective candidates placing immigration at the forefront of their campaign so far, there is surmounting doubt on whether or not the candidates have taken the proper stance on this issue.

Of the five states which held elections on Tuesday (Florida, Ohio, Illinois, North Carolina and Missouri), only 10% of the voters identified immigration as a top issue in the campaign. Of that small number of voters, however, Trump was the choice candidate by a wide margin.

On the other hand, Trump’s stance might appear less than favorable in the national stage, with a Wall Street Journal/NBC News Poll stating that voters believe immigration helps the U.S. more than it hurts by a 53% to 38% margin. Latino voters alone agree immigration helps the U.S. by a 71% to 20% split, making it unlikely Trump will win a large category of voters during the general elections.