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Different people have different motivations.

I don't see what Donald Trump has to do with the rest of this post. Donald Trump doesn't act on the self interest of denying voting rights from people who are likely to vote Democrat. He acts on the self interest of wanting to win the Republican nomination and at the same time leaving a lot of room for manuvering open for himself.

Donald Trump said just 11 years ago that on many issues he identified more as Democrat then as a Republican. His remarks about Mexican's were very a good strategic move to prevent people from accusing him from being too much on the left.

If he wins the Republican nomination he could outflank Clinton by calling for breaking up the banks. Him wanting to build a wall isn't a reason for voters on the left to not vote for him. Given that Larry Lessig run with the only goal of changing campaign finance, there's even the scenario for a Trump-Lessig ticket. Trump is a highly skilled deal-maker.

To get back to more general immigration politcs, party elites on both sides care about (3) while ordinary voters don't care much about it. (3) is not a reason to speak about the subject before elections. No politican campaign on his new gerrymandering plan. Those things get done after the election.

As far as I understand many corporations want open borders. It wouldn't surprise me if the Koch's want open borders. On the other hand among certain demographics xenophobia is strong and therefore border security polls well. That makes Republican politicians talk about it in front of elections.






No politican campaign on his new gerrymandering plan.

Politicians do not openly campaign for gerrymandering, since doing so would appeal only to the hardcore supporters of their party. In districts where such people form the majority gerrymandering would be redundant, in regions where they donít openly calling for gerrymandering would backfire.

When politicians want to change the voting system in their favor, they must present alternative explanations for their motives. For example, in many states Democrats want to restore voting rights to people with criminal records. Likewise, Republicans want to prevent people without valid IDs from voting. In both cases the politicians insist that they motives have nothing to do with partisan politics.
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among certain demographics xenophobia is strong and therefore border security polls well. That makes Republican politicians talk about it in front of elections.

Since the Republican electorate comprises about half of the population, Iím sure it includes plenty of xenophobes. But is there objective evidence that xenophobia is the main reason voters want to secure the borders? Or that Republican electorate is on average more xenophobic than Democrats?
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