By Brendan Joel Kelley
October 13, 2016
When Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump entered the race in June of last year, his announcement speech included the allegation that Mexicans illegally entering the United States were criminals, drug traffickers and rapists. From there, the national political dialogue has included Trump’s promise of a wall between the United States and Mexico (paid for by Mexico), and the exclusion of all Muslim immigrants, plus deportation of the 11 million or so undocumented immigrants currently in the country.
While conversation on immigration has skewed to the extreme—particularly in light of national security concerns—here in Alaska we have a candidate running for the U.S. Senate who is a recognized and lauded expert in both immigration and national security. Retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Margaret Stock—a longtime registered Republican—is challenging incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski, running on an esteemed résumé that includes a 2013 MacArthur “genius” grant ($625,000 distributed over five years) for her work on immigration and national security issues.