Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, who currently plays a large part in Republican front-runner Donald Trump’s campaign, was optimistic that Trump will garner a large number of Hispanic and African-American votes in the general election.
“Donald Trump is going to do better with Hispanics and African-Americans, I am convinced, because he’s talking about things that will really make their wages go up,” Sessions said in an interview with The Daily Caller.
“There is no doubt that the current immigration policy is a significant economic detriment to working Americans. And that includes particularly immigrants and minority groups because the flow of labor is so large, it floods the labor market and depresses wages.
“So if you’re a second-generation Hispanic, an African-American, or any other person in America who’s looking to get started at the first rung of the economic ladder, it’s harder to find a job and the wages are less,” Sessions stated. “And it’s harder to get promoted and get pay raises.”
Later in the interview, Sessions presented a three-step process for helping blue-collar workers in the private sector.
“First, slow down the excessive flow of labor — it floods the market,” he said. “Second, you defend American manufacturing and workers against unfair foreign trade deals. And you take strong steps like regulatory reform and tax reform that will also create economic growth and help us be more competitive so we can start winning again.”
Sessions added that people need to view the termination of illegal immigration as a means by which poor people can find more work. He then jumped back to the necessity of negotiating good trade deals, saying that it will create “better working conditions and wages for Americans.”
The Republican Party wins every single time when it comes to the substance of policy. Hispanic and African-American voters are just as capable of realizing that as anyone else, but they have to hear that from a messenger who will speak to them about it.
Donald Trump might just be that messenger.
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