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GOP presidential candidates offer up more failed economic, immigration plans

NEA President: ‘Tonight is like déjà vu all over again’

WASHINGTON - November 10, 2015 -

The Republican presidential candidates met again tonight in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to discuss and debate the issues that affect nearly 319 million Americans. The following statement can be attributed to Lily Eskelsen García, president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union that represents 3 million members:

“Tonight is like déjà vu all over again. The debates offered another three hours of Republican presidential candidates offering the same old failed economic ideas that do nothing more than help the 1 percent get ahead while working families struggle to make ends meet. It’s truly shameful that these candidates have spent nearly every minute of their debates bickering while completely ignoring the needs of America’s children and public education in this country.

“When the GOP presidential candidates finally got around to mentioning families, they focused on ways to rip them apart by doubling down on the current arcane and bureaucratic immigration laws. Educators know from experience that family unity plays a critical role in student success. It’s time to fix our broken immigration system and bring about comprehensive reform because keeping families together is essential to keeping America strong.

“The American people will expect more from the next president than what they heard tonight, and voters will demand it at the ballot box.”


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