Tierney Sneed

Tierney Sneed is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. She previously worked for U.S. News and World Report. She grew up in Florida and attended Georgetown University.

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Donald Trump and Univision were no fans of one another before Trump kicked renown Univision host Jorge Ramos out of a press conference Tuesday. But in a statement released Wednesday evening, Univision president Randy Falco made clear his disapproval of Ramos' ejection from the press event.

"The recent treatment that Jorge Ramos received at Mr. Trump's press conference in Iowa is beneath contempt," Falco said. "As a Presidential candidate, Mr. Trump is going to get tough questions from the press and has to answer them."

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Donald Trump may have tangled with the wrong guy.

In scorning Univision star Jorge Ramos during a Tuesday press conference -- and admitting that he didn't even know who Ramos was -- Trump signaled in a visceral way his disdain for the Latino community.

"He’s talking about the fastest growing electoral block in the U.S.,” Ramos told Fox News' Megyn Kelly on Wednesday. Kelly, another Trump media nemesis, had asked whether Ramos understood why Trump might not want to answer his questions on immigration, given his bad blood with Ramos' network.

“He's talking about 16 million Latinos that will go to the polls and might decide the next election, It doesn't matter if he doesn't like it. There are questions that need to be answered," Ramos said.

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Even after Univision host Jorge Ramos was kicked out of a Donald Trump press conference for challenging the GOP 2016 frontrunner, the angry language didn't stop once Ramos had been escorted to the hallway.

"Get out of my country. Get out," a Trump supporter told Ramos after he had been escorted from the press conference in a video posted by Fusion. In the video, Ramos calmly responds to the supporter that he is, in fact, a U.S. citizen.

"Well, whatever ... it's not about you," the supporter said, aggressively gesturing at the Univision host.

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Aside from the political fallout, the legal gymnastics and the bureaucratic nightmare involved with ending birthright citizenship -- as many GOP 2016ers are proposing -- changing the policy could have a negative effect on a particular community that Republicans are attempting to woo: the tech sector, where high-skilled immigrants play a valuable role.

“We want the best and the brightest to be able to come to this country,” said Todd Schulte, executive director of tech lobbying firm FWD.us, in an interview with TPM. “So how does it make sense for the tech community or our country to tell people ‘please create jobs, please pay taxes, please grow the economy,’ but your children who are born here, they aren't Americans?"

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Last week, a local council in Louisiana’s St. Bernard Parish voted against changing an existing street name to Martin Luther King Boulevard, but not before a heated debate among its residents, seen in a video posted by Nola.com Monday.

The proposal to change the name of half-mile stretch of roadway in the parish’s predominantly black community Violet was first introduced by the local NAACP in March, according to WDSU News. Rev. Kevin Gabriel, president of the local NAACP chapter, told reporters at last Tuesday’s meeting that 28 of the 34 households on the street signed the petition in support of the changing the name from Colonial Boulevard to Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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Since jumping into the GOP 2016 race, Donald Trump has caused the Republican establishment nothing but headaches, spewing nasty rhetoric, proposing outlandish policies and inspiring other presidential candidates to do the same.

Despite all this, Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said over the weekend that Trump was a “net positive” for the Republican Party.

“I think it brings a lot of interest to the Republican field,” Priebus said.

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Turns out Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) isn't so comfortable being grouped in with Donald Trump's hardline anti-immigration stances after all.

Asked by CNBC's John Harwood about ending birthright citizenship — an effort Trump has endorsed — Walker said Friday, "I'm not taking a position on it one way or another."

He added, "Until you secure the borders and enforce the laws, any discussion about anything else is really looking past the very things we have to do."

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Ending birthright citizenship, politically speaking, would be nearly impossible. But if such a change was achieved, implementation wouldn’t be much easier. And in an ironic twist for big-government-hating conservatives, ending birthright citizenship would be an ideological nightmare.

Eliminating the longstanding and constitutionally enshrined practice of granting every child born on U.S. soil citizenship would create its own set of complicated and costly bureaucratic obstacles, immigration lawyers say. More than just remove an alleged “magnet” for people to immigrate here illegally, ending birthright citizenship would deeply impact the lives of all Americans.

“Everyone benefits from the fact that they just have to show their birth certificate to show that they’re an American citizen and have all the rights of an American citizen,” Bill Stock, president-elect of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, told TPM.

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Jeb Bush on Thursday defended his use of the term "anchor babies" in an interview earlier this week, but said that he "didn't use it as my own language."

During a scrum with reporters that The Washington Post described as "one of his most aggressive exchanges with reporters to date," Bush pushed back at reporters who asked whether he regretted using the term.

"No, I didn’t — I don’t, I don’t regret it. No, do you have a better term?” Bush said, according to The Hill, later adding, “You give me a better term and I’ll use it, I’m serious.”

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