Immigration overhaul protesters disrupted Jeb Bush as he announced his bid for the Republican presidential nomination on Monday in Miami. Lynne Sladky/Associated Press
By Maggie Haberman
Good Wednesday morning from Washington, where there is some potential movement on trade and even on the issue of needle exchanges. But as a conference of Latino elected officials invites candidates to speak, immigration is sure to be back in the national conversation.
This week highlights one of the issues defining the contours of the 2016 election: immigration.
For weeks, Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she would go further to halt deportations than President Obama has with executive orders. Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, who has proved a strong candidate on the Republican side, is the son of immigrants and has made their story a central part of his personal narrative.
And Jeb Bush, whose wife, Columba Bush, grew up in Mexico, spoke fluent Spanish during his announcement speech in Miami on Monday, and, in response to protesters, gave an unplanned endorsement of overhauling immigration.
Though the issue has already maintained a strong presence in the race, a relatively small cattle call moves it briefly center stage.
At the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials convention in Las Vegas, starting Wednesday and continuing through Friday, Mrs. Clinton will be a featured speaker, as will Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont. The only Republican candidate scheduled to make a live appearance is Ben Carson.
Though Mr. Rubio will not attend — his aides cited a scheduling conflict — he and Mr. Bush, the former Florida governor, are expected to seek support from Hispanic voters, a fast-emerging group in battleground states.
Mr. Bush vowed in his announcement speech that the next occupant of the White House would enact “meaningful” changes to immigration, an issue that has bedeviled Republican lawmakers and enraged the party’s base. The speech was well received, and he seemed presidential over television screens, which was how most people watched the speech.
Mr. Bush will also skip the Naleo convention, heading to Iowa for his first visit to the early voting state as a declared candidate. He will send a video to the conference instead.
A Princeton PhD, was a US diplomat for over 20 years, mostly in Eastern Europe, and was promoted to the Senior Foreign Service in 1997. For the Open World Leadership Center, he speaks with
its delegates from Europe/Eurasia on the topic, "E Pluribus Unum? What Keeps the United States United" (http://johnbrownnotesandessays.blogspot.com/2017/03/notes-and-references-for-discussion-e.html). Affiliated with Georgetown University (http://explore.georgetown.edu/people/jhb7/) for over ten years, he still shares ideas with students about public diplomacy.
The papers of his deceased father -- poet and diplomat John L. Brown -- are stored at Georgetown University Special Collections at the Lauinger Library. They are manuscript materials valuable to scholars interested in post-WWII U.S.-European cultural relations.
This blog is dedicated to him, Dr. John L. Brown, a remarkable linguist/humanist who wrote in the Foreign Service Journal (1964) -- years before "soft power" was ever coined -- that "The CAO [Cultural Affairs Officer] soon comes to realize that his job is really a form of love-making and that making love is never really successful unless both partners are participating."