Oct 13, 2018

Democrats send mixed messages on immigration

New Yorkers gathering to protest in favor of immigration rights. Photo: Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

Democrats are generally pro-immigration, but many of the elected officials in the party are wary of saying so because they don't have specific, drawn out policies addressing the flaws in the country's immigration system, Robert Draper writes in N.Y. Times Magazine.

Why it matters: Democratic voters don't reward their candidates for being pro-immigrant, Draper says. Generally their concerns about immigration and policies are placed on hold because it doesn't lead to an immediate benefit.

By the numbers: Immigrants, though essential in an election, are less formidable than other voter bases because some are undocumented.

  • Roughly 22.1 million undocumented immigrants are not eligible to vote,.
  • The country's estimated 27.3 million Latino voters don't consistently turn out to vote either, Draper writes.

Yes, but: Potential candidates are still taking measures to appease voters. Mark Zuckerberg, Laurene Powell Jobs and George Soros have all donated to specific immigration causes such as family reunification.

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Older candidates take the lead on social media

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Michael Bloomberg, Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden — all close to 80 — are pushing the boundaries on social media, while their younger Democratic presidential rivals are comparatively staying out of the fray.

The big picture: President Trump's unexpected rise to political power has shown Democrats and world leaders the power of harnessing popular internet culture to get elected.

South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures as coronavirus cases jump

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures, with several towns in the north effectively placed in lockdown, as it confirmed two deaths and infections rose to 79.

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Bernie Sanders wins Nevada caucus

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders waves to supporters at a campaign rally on Friday in Las Vegas. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

Sen. Bernie Sanders is projected to handily win the Nevada Democratic primary caucus, becoming the clear frontrunner among 2020 Democratic presidential primary election candidates.

Why it matters: Nevada is the first state with a diverse population to hold a nominating contest, highlighting candidates' abilities to connect with voters of color — particularly Latino voters.

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