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Trump Visits Birmingham on Saturday

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

New York City businessman and Republican candidate for President Donald Trump will hold a public rally at the BJCC (Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex) on Saturday, November 21 at 11:00 am.  Doors open 10:00 a.m.

The Birmingham–Jefferson Convention Complex is at 2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N Birmingham, AL 35203 just off of I-59/I-20 just east of the junction with I-65.

Trump made headlines on Monday when MSNBC’s Chris Jansing asked, “Is there something that you would do here in the homeland that you think is not being done now to protect United States citizens?”

donald-trumpTrump replied, “Well, you’re going to have to watch and study the mosques because a lot of talk is going on at the mosques. And from what I heard in the old days, meaning a while ago, we had great surveillance going on in and around mosques in New York City, and I understand our mayor totally cut that out. He totally cut it out. I don’t know if you’ve brought that up and I’m not sure it’s a fact. But I heard that under the old regime, we had tremendous surveillance going on in and around the mosques of New York City. And that’s been totally cut out.”

Joe Scarborough asked Trump if as President that he would consider closing down Mosques?

Trump replied, “Well, I would hate to do it but it’s something that you’re going to have to strongly consider because some of the ideas and some of the hatred, the absolute hatred is coming from these areas. And, you know, New York City as an example. We had a group of people from what I understand that really knew what they were doing, that were really studying the situation and they’re not doing that anymore. Under the new mayor they are not doing that anymore and I think that’s a mistake. It’s something that many people, not me, it’s something that many people are considering and many people are going to do.”

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Jansing and co-host Mika Brzezinski suggest that might breed hatred.

Trump replied, “There is already hatred. The hatred is incredible. It’s embedded. [crosstalk] hatred is beyond belief. The hatred is greater than anybody understand. And it’s already there. It not like, what, do you think they think we’re great people? It’s already there. It’s a very, very sad situation. And I know so many people, Muslims, who are such great people, and they are being so badly tarnished by what’s happening now. It’s a shame.”

Trump’s immigration plan was endorsed by U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R from Alabama)

Trump wrote, “Before any new green cards are issued to foreign workers abroad, there will be a pause where employers will have to hire from the domestic pool of unemployed immigrant and native workers. This will help reverse women’s plummeting workplace participation rate, grow wages, and allow record immigration levels to subside to more moderate historical averages.”

The three core principles of Donald J. Trump’s immigration plan are: a nation without borders is not a nation (there must be a wall built across the southern border, a nation without laws is not a nation (our laws need to be enforced), and finally a nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.

Trump wrote that, “When politicians talk about “immigration reform” they mean: amnesty, cheap labor and open borders. The Schumer-Rubio immigration bill was nothing more than a giveaway to the corporate patrons who run both parties.   Real immigration reform puts the needs of working people first – not wealthy globetrotting donors.”

Trump also opposes the policy of “anchor babies,” where a child gets citizenship in the United States regardless of the citizenship status of the parents.  Trump told reporters in Iowa: “They have to go.  What they’re doing, they’re having a baby. And then all of a sudden, nobody knows … the baby’s here.”

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Trump has been consistently polling between 23 and 28 percent among likely Republican Primary voters.  Dr. Ben Carson is his closest rival.

Since January Alabama has been visited by numerous presidential candidates including: New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, former Pennsylvania Governor Rick Santorum, former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, New York City businessman Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said on Friday, “Candidates that continue to visit our state are proof that the SEC Primary is real and working.”  “With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1. Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state. Our state has a strong voice, and it is being heard through the SEC Primary! As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”

For more information on meeting the candidates, contact the Office of the Secretary of State at 334-242-7200.

The SEC Primary, which will be held on March 1, 2016.


Brandon Moseley is a former reporter at the Alabama Political Reporter.

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