I guess the next two days will feature obligatory public pearl-clutching that the president asked why America would want immigrants from “s***hole nations,” instead of from more Western countries like “Norway.”
Yes, he absolutely shouldn’t have phrased it that way. But I’ve traveled myself, courtesy of Uncle Sam’s Armed Forces, to a few “s***hole nations.” Trump is imprudently making an important point that will be entirely overlooked: the only question that should drive policy in this area is: ‘What does an unchecked flood of migrants from failed societies do for Americans already here?’ Answer: become a net burden. Enough with the ‘diversity’ experiment.
The public displays of moral outrage over Trump’s latest remarks will push the real scandal off the front pages. That scandal is that once again our lawmakers are proposing a compromise deal on immigration that is bad for America. “Just let the Dreamers stay,” they preen, “and we’ll get serious about immigration enforcement this time. No, really.”
They said that in the 1980s, too. And the 1990s. “Wiping the slate clean” as the 1986 law was supposed to do clearly didn’t solve the issue, because we have more illegal immigrants in America today than we did then. And “amnesty” by any other name is just as unjust. Lucy is simply preparing to yank the football away from Charlie Brown once more. This is the best comment I’ve seen on the compromise proposals:
The basic problem with trading amnesty for so-called “Dreamers” (illegal aliens brought to America as children) for increased enforcement of laws against illegal immigration and greater border security is that those aims are fundamentally in contradiction… (emphasis added)
So when it comes to the shell game negotiations now going on in Washington, as of now, I’m voting for gridlock.
Despite his appalling tendency toward diarrhea of the mouth, Trump’s administration has accomplished some noteworthy goals on behalf of America during this first year. Some have compared him favorably to Saint Ronald of Reagan. That should be a warning: Reagan’s two fatal errors were agreeing to the immigration compromise of his time, and not demanding spending cuts to offset the military buildup that allowed the U.S. to reengage the Cold War on a stronger footing after Vietnam. The first created a demographic time bomb, the second a fiscal one.
As currently practiced, immigration to the United States changes our country more than it changes the immigrants. We are expected to adapt to their norms, rather than the other way around. And since norms in many of the countries of origin can be fairly described as producing “s***holes,” one wonders what future immigration advocates desire for America.
“Magic Dirt theory is a key component of immigration romanticism, too. Sure, Mexico and Central America are messed-up places, and presumably their inhabitants played some role in messing them up. If we just move thirty or forty million of those people to the U.S.A., though, our Magic Dirt will transform them into civic-minded Jeffersonian yeomen!”
I recently visited my parents, and some observations come to mind. Their neighborhood has never been wealthy, but it has deteriorated noticeably over the four decades they’ve lived there. The two houses across the street now each house multiple families of foreign origin who do nothing to keep their houses up, park semi-abandoned cars all over the yards, and party so loudly my parents have had to call the police multiple times. One of the neighbors bragged to my father that he has 18 children by different women.
My formerly small-town home has seen wave after wave of migrants from all over the world, and I don’t see the “enrichment” such diversity was supposed to bring. What I *do* see is the old YMCA where I took swimming lessons is now a Buddhist meditation center. Large piles of trash litter the side of the road for a mile leading to the dump because avoiding the landfill fee is now common practice. Similar disregard for the law manifests in myriad other ways as well. My parents didn’t install a security system in their house until after I graduated college, and they now have concealed carry permits. Sure, you can get authentic Thai, Mexican and Chinese food. Few of the people I grew up with there would consider that a positive tradeoff. In fact, few of the people I grew up with are still there.
For all of these and many other reasons, I will not support ANY compromise on DACA, which was an openly admitted executive usurpation of legislative authority by the former president. We’ve been sold this kind of “relief” too many times, and our good-hearted nature has been used to play us for fools. Those who come here illegally have already shown disregard for our laws. What makes us think that attitude will change once they’re here? Particularly if we so obviously don’t intend to enforce our laws?
Mr. Trump, you were elected in no small part because after half a century of constant betrayal, the “posterity” of those who fought the American Revolution have run out of places to flee from the effects of these policies imposed on us by our self-proclaimed “betters.” Many of your supporters in 2016 overlooked your personality and character flaws in the hope that maybe, just maybe, you would listen to the concerns of what some of our those ‘betters’ now openly dare to call “deplorables.” If you sell us out, too, there is likely no chance those concerns will ever be addressed.
At least, within the system we used to respect. This country was founded on the idea that systems sometimes fail the people. Something about “altering or abolishing” government when it becomes destructive of life, liberty and property. Despite the best efforts of today’s
education system Marxist indoctrination factories, some of us still remember that legacy. It’s our heritage and birthright. And we’ll defend it.