Trump at Top of Ticket Leaves Republicans with a Choice

Communications Associate

May 4, 2016

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Donald Trump as presumptive Republican nominee leaves other Republicans with a choice: Swallow hard and support him or embrace increasing diversity as an opportunity for our country, not a threat.

Erick Erickson, former editor in chief of RedState.com, made his choice clear in a column on The Resurgent this morning: “This is not a game. This is not team sport. This is about the future of the country … Some Republicans may decide it is time to be a team player, but I will put my country before my party and decline to help the voters in this country commit national suicide.”

California offers insight into the perils for Republicans. In the 1990s, Proposition 187, which a federal court eventually found unconstitutional, would have created a state-level screening for citizenship and would have blocked unauthorized immigrants from services such as non-emergency health care and public education.

Among its effects was to cement the alienation of Latinos and other immigrants toward Republicans — in California and elsewhere. In the ’90s, California was a legitimate swing state. No one would call it that now: less than 28 percent of voters are registered Republican.

Demographic changes in other states may not rival those of California, yet. But they are no less real, including in swing states such as Florida, Nevada and Colorado and reliably Republican states including Arizona and Texas.

“Many Republicans want a pragmatic, humane immigration process that begins with a respectful conversation. It’s no coincidence that many are distancing themselves from Donald Trump,” said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum.

“Donald Trump’s support for mass deportation is even more extreme than Proposition 187. Republicans run alongside Trump at their peril. They have an alternative: They can aggressively and loudly distance themselves and instead embrace the opportunity and potential our changing demographics offer.”