31ºF

LIVE STREAM: President Trump speaks at rally in Florida on Oct. 31, 2018

Trump to speak at rally in Estero, Florida

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at Central Wisconsin Airport in Mosinee, Wisconsin, on Oct.24, 2018. (CNN Image)

ESTERO, Fla. – President Trump will deliver remarks at a "Make America Great Again Rally" in Estero, Florida on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018.

Watch the event live at 7 p.m. EST right here on ClickOnDetroit.com

Trump stokes pre-election fear of immigrants to drive voters

Thousands of U.S. troops to stop an “invasion” of migrants. Tent cities for asylum seekers. An end to the Constitution’s guarantee of birthright citizenship.

With his eyes squarely on next Tuesday’s elections, President Donald Trump is rushing out hardline immigration declarations, promises and actions as he tries to mobilize supporters to retain Republican control of Congress. His own campaign in 2016 concentrated on border fears, and that’s his final-week focus in the midterm fight.

“This has nothing to do with elections,” the president insists. But his timing is striking.

Trump says he will send more than 5,000 military troops to the Mexican border to help defend against caravans of Central American migrants who are on foot and still hundreds of miles away. Tent cities would not resolve the massive U.S. backlog of asylum seekers. And most legal scholars say it would take a new constitutional amendment to alter the current one granting citizenship to anyone born in America.

Still, Trump plunges ahead with daily alarms and proclamations about immigration in tweets, interviews and policy announcements in the days leading up to elections that Democrats hope will give them at least partial control of Congress.


About the Authors: