Littwin: Republican candidates on immigration show party rifts
November 14, 2015
When the GOP debate was finally over and the Fox Business Network softballs were all put away, the last thing I expected to be thinking of was something that Jeb Bush had said.
But there it was. The hottest topic of the debate turned out to be illegal immigration, and Jeb! had joined John Kasich in double-teaming The Donald. If Bush and Kasich both seemed a little desperate, it's only because they were.
It may have been that each of them needed a signature debate to find a way back from single digits and into the GOP race. But I'd like to think – because, you know, I'm an optimist at heart — that it also could have been the future of their party, and maybe even of their country, that they had in mind.
Whatever the motive, Trump was going on about deporting 11 million undocumented immigrants because either we're a country or we're not, whatever that means. Someone had to say something. I mean, Trump had even brought Dwight Eisenhower into the debate, talking about how Ike had deported a million or more back in the '50s. I guess that was supposed to counter the Reagan amnesty. Does Ike trump Reagan?
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