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Candidate Trump has got the GOP squirming with his hot talk on immigration. A full wall. Mass deportation. We’ll look at the fallout from Trump’s attacks.

In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions. (AP)
In this Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015, file photo, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves to the crowd at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines. Trump wants to deny citizenship to the babies of immigrants living in the U.S. illegally as part of an immigration plan that emphasizes border security and deportation for millions. (AP)

Donald Trump is tearing up the polls with, among other things, his hot talk on immigration. And Trump’s immigration plans are tearing up the Republican Party The one big bottom line from the GOP’s post-mortem of its 2012 loss was "don’t alienate Latinos." Trump came in calling illegal immigrants “rapists.” Now he’s beating the drum for a wall. Ending birthright citizenship. Seizing remittances. And for mass deportation. Republican opponents call it “gibberish,’ “not serious.” But Trump’s on a roll. This hour On Point: candidate Trump, immigration, and the GOP.
-- Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Molly Ball, national political reporter for The Atlantic. (@mollyesque)

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center on Immigration Studies. Author of "The New Case Against Immigration" and "How Obama Is Transforming America Through Immigration." (@markskrikorian)

Alfonso Aguilar, executive director of the Latino Partnership for Conservative Principles. Former chief of the US Office of Citizenship. (@amigoaguilar)

Katrina Pierson, Tea Party activist and spokesperson for the Tea Party Leadership Fund. (@katrinapierson)

From Tom’s Reading List

Donald Trump For President: Immigration Reform That Will Make America Great Again — "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."

The Atlantic: Donald Trump and the Search for the Republican Soul — "Trump, ironically, actually is a Republican in name only. But he’s also a professional entertainer, and he has proven better than any of the actual candidates at the performative outrageousness that the GOP base has been encouraged to demand. When and if he finally stalls out or quits, the deep Republican divisions that he has successfully exploited will remain, bedeveling whichever candidate ends up with the booby prize of the nomination."

POLITICO Magazine: Why GOP Must Not Be ‘Party of No’ on Immigration — "As this Congress decides to move forward, however, they should not feel that they have only two options: President Obama’s amnesty, on one hand, or Mitt Romney’s self-deportation, on the other. There is a third way, a conservative way, to approach immigration that is based on the rule of law and on the realization that immigration is good for the country and for our economy."

Email Server Concerns Drag Clinton Campaign

Jack Gillum, Washington investigative reporter for the Associated Press. (@jackgillum)

Associated Press: Probe of Clinton's server could find more than just emails — "A forensic examination of Hillary Rodham Clinton's private computer server could unearth more details than what she put in her emails. It could answer lingering questions about the security of her system, who had access to it and whether outsiders tried to crack its contents."

This program aired on August 19, 2015.

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