The GOP needs a new immigration strategy

Donald Trump has diagnosed a real problem. He's just offering the wrong prescription.

Can the GOP come up with an immigration plan that can compete with Donald Trump's?
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No matter who wins the GOP's presidential primary, the Trump phenomenon calls for some soul-searching on the right. One obvious place to start is immigration, since everyone agrees anti-immigrant sentiment is a big driver of Trump's success.

Policy elites, on both sides of the aisle, have ignored the legitimate concerns of the white working class for decades — and the Trump surge may be comeuppance. Some 13 percent of the U.S. population today was born abroad. That's up from less than 5 percent in 1970. But white, working-class voters now form the Republican Party's base. For over 10 years now, a band of intellectuals known as "reform conservatives" have been arguing it's time to pay attention to their concerns. One of the sharpest reform conservatives, and one of the earliest to understand the problem, has been National Review Executive Editor Reihan Salam.

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