From Rick Moran, at Pajamas:
Donald Trump has shot into a tie for the lead with Jeb Bush in the GOP presidential nomination sweepstakes almost exclusively because he has deliberately raised the temperature on one issue: illegal immigration.
What's more, he is forcing other candidates from both parties to address the issue. He may be using bombastic language and questionable statistics, but there is no denying he has drawn a clear, unequivocal line between Republicans and Democrats on the issue.
So why do some Republicans want Trump to stop talking about illegal immigration?
Americans mostly support the Republican view of illegal immigration — with some important distinctions. A majority support a pathway to legal status for illegals but a larger majority support stepped-up border security. And those who support a pathway to legal status do not support a pathway to citizenship.
Of course, there are some Republicans wringing their hands over Trump's exaggerations and even outright falsehoods. Why bother? It's ridiculous to assume that the Republican candidate for president in 2016 will get more than 25-30% of the Hispanic vote. But drawing a stark distinction between the two parties on what could be a decisive issue in the presidential election could bring more conservatives to the polls and attract a few more independents…
Trump’s taking it to the establishment, both left and right. But I particularly like how he’s exposing leftist support for illegal immigration sanctuaries. He’s exposing the Democrats as the party of death.
It’s who they are. It’s what they do.