No, Trump’s rise is not mainly due to his position on illegal immigration

No, Trump’s rise is not mainly due to his position on illegal immigration
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Donald Trump’s rise to the top of the Republican presidential field is being driven by his tough stance on illegal immigration.

At least, that’s what some want you to believe. Immigration hawks like Mickey Kaus and Ann Coulter, for instance, never miss an opportunity on Twitter to chide those who fail to credit Trump’s immigration stance for his political ascension.

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But while it’s probably impossible to pinpoint one factor that is responsible for Trump’s rise, most of the evidence suggests his stance on immigration isn’t high on the list.

A Hot Air-TownHall/Survey Monkey poll, for instance, did not find immigration to be a particularly pressing issue for either Republicans or Democrats.

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