News Americas, NEW YORK, NY, Fri. Nov. 2, 2018: With just four days to go until the much-anticipated Nov 6th midterm elections across the U.S, a top Caribbean roots Democratic Party official says the left is seeing “great momentum” in many states across the country.
Appearing on Fox News “Outnumbered Overtime” Thursday, Michael Blake, the Jamaican-American Democratic National Committee Vice Chair, said the party’s “candidates are making progress and making very clear closing arguments.”
Blake also said health care is the primary issue for many voters, and he believes Democrats have the winning message on that front.
His comments came as the U.S. President claimed he is going to end birthright citizenship and released a racist, anti-immigrant ad Thursday, much to the disgust of many Caribbean immigrant voters nationally.
The ad shows a laughing Luis Bracamontes, a Mexican man who had previously been deported, but returned to the US and was convicted in February of killing two police officers.
It also features footage of the caravan of Central American refugees who are currently in Mexico and shows the caption “Who else will the Democrats let in?.”
Critics of the video have said it is clearly suggesting that all immigrants are dangerous criminals.
Previously, Trump had warned that the caravan is full of criminals and Middle Eastern terrorists, though he offered no evidence to support this judgement. On Thursday, he also delivered a speech from the White House in which he called for hard-line immigration measures. He said he plans to block immigrants from claiming asylum at any location other than a legal port of entry, and to hold them in detention until they have an asylum hearing and added that his administration is ready to hold both adults and their children together in “tent cities” along the border until those hearings take place.
Under current asylum law, immigrants are able to claim asylum anywhere inside the U.S. Immigrants often enter away from ports of entry which can suffer from large backlogs.
Meanwhile, the unusual fever-pitch elections have even overseas bookies betting. Some betting sites say there’s a 75 percent chance the Republicans maintain control of the Senate and a 70 percent chance the Democrats take the House.