‘Young Amer­i­cans com­pletely re­ject Trump on im­mi­grants’

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WASH­ING­TON — Barack Obama be­lieves that young Amer­i­cans “com­pletely re­ject” Repub­li­can White House hopeful Don­ald Trump’s tough line on im­mi­gra­tion and that most Amer­i­cans share their stance.

“There’s a long tra­di­tion in the United States of in­clu­sion, im­mi­gra­tion, di­ver­sity,” the pres­i­dent said in an in­ter­view broad­cast on Sun­day on CNN but recorded be­fore he left for the Group of 20 sum­mit meet­ing in China.

“I don’t think that’s go­ing to change be­cause Mr Trump’s got a lit­tle more at­ten­tion than usual,” added Obama. He re­it­er­ated that he felt cer­tain the 70-yearold real es­tate mogul would not suc­ceed him as pres­i­dent next Jan­uary.

“If you look at the cur­rent polls,” Obama said, “he’s been able to ap­peal to a cer­tain group of folks who feel left out or wor­ried about the so­cial change, who have le­git­i­mate con­cerns around the econ­omy and [are] feel­ing left be­hind. But that’s not the ma­jor­ity of Amer­ica.

“And if you talk to younger peo­ple, the next gen­er­a­tion of Amer­i­cans, they com­pletely re­ject the path” taken by Trump.

The pres­i­dent said it was im­por­tant to “pay close at­ten­tion” when there was a rise in in­tol­er­ance and calls for “ban­ning cer­tain classes of peo­ple”, a clear al­lu­sion to Trump’s call last year to ban all Mus­lims from en­ter­ing the coun­try “un­til we find out what’s go­ing on”, But over­all, Obama con­cluded, “I’m op­ti­mistic.” Af­ter is­su­ing a se­ries of con­tra­dic­tory sig­nals on im­mi­gra­tion — re­flect­ing the ten­sions within his cam­paign team — Trump de­liv­ers a much-an­tic­i­pated speech to­mor­row in Phoenix, Ari­zona that essen­tially re­peated the hard line on im­mi­gra­tion that helped fuel his rise dur­ing the Repub­li­can pri­maries.

De­tail­ing the arse­nal of tough mea­sures he in­tends to take if he de­feats Demo­cratic ri­val Hillary Clin­ton in the Novem­ber 8 elec­tion, he ruled out any path to cit­i­zen­ship for the un­doc­u­mented im­mi­grants — most of them Mex­i­cans — liv­ing in the shad­ows in the United States.

He has, how­ever, backed away from the idea of forcibly de­port­ing the to­tal­ity of the un­doc­u­mented — gen­er­ally es­ti­mated to num­ber 11 mil­lion — per­haps in view of the enor­mous lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenges such a sweep­ing op­er­a­tion would pose. — AFP

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