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The Bigger The Lie The More People Believe It The Bigger The Lie The More People Believe It

- (Huffington) - 1 years, 6 months ago...

So my mother, a German refugee, used to say, derisively quoting Josef Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda chief, who quoted his boss. The problem in the never-ending presidential campaign is that words matter and candidate Donald Trump has had an impact on Republicans and sometimes even the Obama administration, when it comes to refugees and migrants. The nativist repetition about the evils of Islamic foreigners and Hispanic migrants resonates. First in 2011 came the so-called "birther" lie that President Obama was born in Kenya, after Trump had a chat with Obama's grandmother (sic), and therefore ineligible as commander-in-chief. No intelligent person believes he faked his birth certificate but polls show at least 20 percent of the Republicans say the president did just that. (Even the usually silent Melania Trump chimed in: "It is not only Donald who wants to see it..."It's the American people."). In 2015, we have a generalization of Mexicans as rapists, Muslims cheering by the hundreds during the 9/11 disaster, just to name a few falsehoods, Trump is spreading. Trump's front-runner status and its influence on other Republican candidates seem to grow. Texas Senator Ted Cruz and former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush believe Syrian Christians should be admitted in preference to Muslims. A Wall Street Journal/NBC poll released in December finds most GOP primary voters oppose Trump's plan to keep Muslims out of the country--but 38 percent support it. The usually articulate Florida Senator Marco Rubio was the architect of legislation that would have overhauled the immigration system and given 11 million illegals a chance to become citizens. Now he is vague on his proposal and emphasizes border security and the need to begin deportations. To be fair Trump was rebuked by Bush and Ohio Governor John Kasich (and most frequently by South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham) for proposing a database to keep track of Muslims in the United States. Obama on deportations Not to seem soft on migrants, the Obama administration, despite the president's frequent defense of immigrants, is expelling illegals at nine times the rate of 20 years ago, outpacing any previous administration, the Economist wrote in February 2014. The expulsions continued into 2015. "Border patrol agents no longer just patrol the border; they scour the country for illegals to eject. The deportation machine costs more than all other areas of federal criminal law-enforcement combined," the Economist said. The Hispanic community has noticed. Republican candidate and Republican congressmen (and some Democrats) voted for a "pause" in Obama's plan to bring in 15,000 Syrians, over a lengthy period of time, after the kind of slow vetting process rarely even seen for a cabinet nominee. At the United Nations, Trump is rarely mentioned by name. Jordanian Prince Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights,...

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