Lion of the Blogosphere

Trump keeps his promises on immigration

There has long been a chorus of naysayers in the comments insisting that Trump would run away from his immigration platform, never build the wall, etc.

But Trump continues to embrace it. Immigration was a key theme of his speech last night. He’s going to build a wall, he will “immediately suspend immigration from any nation that has been compromised by terrorism,” he’s going to stop illegal immigration, a great deal of time was spent on creating a picture of the crime and anarchy caused by illegal immigration, and he also followed my advice to tie immigration to jobs (because immigration lead to more workers which leads to higher unemployment and lower salaries).

The main reason why the mainstream media talking heads are outraged at Trump after his speech is because he “doubled down” (or so they said) on his immigration talk. The liberals are afraid that Trump will succeed on this, and they hate him for it, and they greatly fear his presidency.

I have no doubt that President Trump will try to make good on his immigration promises. For the most part, enforcing the immigration law doesn’t even require Congress to do anything, the laws and the money to enforce them are already there (even the suspension of immigration from compromised countries), there is just no desire on the part of the Obama administration to do anything about illegal aliens except to give them amnesty.

He will need Congress to help him build a wall, but if he wins the election, it’s going to be seen as a mandate by the voters to build a wall, so I suspect that Congress will give it to him. The actual building of a wall is just a big construction project.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 22, 2016 at 11:09 am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

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  1. Is part of the “fake culture wars” that we will now have to hear all these very personal portraits of family living in fear of being split up and hiding in the shadows from Trumps jack booted thugs?

    We are going to get months of this now even through Trump isnt going to deport anyone.

    Lion of the Turambar

    July 22, 2016 at 11:19 am

  2. the immigration and naturalization act explicitly says the president can suspend immigration of any individual, or group as defined by the president, at anytime, and for any reason. lotb is correct.


    July 22, 2016 at 11:58 am

  3. He can shut up about the wall for the rest of the campaign. Only a majority of Republicans like it and Democrats and independents don’t.

    Lion’s right, he’ll lose his base if he doesn’t try to build the wall so it will happen. Not building the wall would kill him “Read my lips no news taxes.” Besides, he likes building things, & so it will interest him.


    July 22, 2016 at 12:16 pm

    • “Only a majority of Republicans like it and Democrats and independents don’t.”

      I disagree. The wall appeals to blue-collar whites in the Rustbelt who traditionally vote Democratic.

  4. I think mandatory E-Verify would be far more effective than The Wall, and it would cost next to nothing. And if in addition we were to keep an eye out for illegals using public services (like schools and hospitals and food stamps) and energetically deport people found to be here illegally (perhaps with confiscation of property and with imprisonment for repeat offenders), we might not even need The Wall.

    But Wall or no Wall, the crucial thing is that we adopt Barbara Jordan’s view of immigration reform.

    “Credibility in immigration policy can be summed up in one sentence: those who should get in, get in; those who should be kept out, are kept out; and those who should not be here will be required to leave.”

    Calvin Hobbes

    July 22, 2016 at 12:21 pm

    • Mandatory E-verify is part of Trump’s immigration plan. If you read the details, it’s a restrictionist’s dream.

      Mike Street Station

      July 22, 2016 at 4:00 pm

  5. The fundamental thing that you’ve got to wrap your head around is that Trump is a mensh. Once you get this, you can understand what he will and will not do. Carson is gonna have his a place under the sun.
    I think you should give jobs to his kids. This will be awesome: Trump this and Trump that, very funny. Could have like four Trumps in the government and why not? The are qualified, or are they?


    July 22, 2016 at 12:49 pm

  6. Can he just order the military to build some sort of wall (or earthwork)? Genuine question.


    July 22, 2016 at 3:22 pm

  7. I wonder if private citizens can fund the wall if Congress refuses. You can probably get a pretty good wall in the most high-risk areas for a billion dollars, i.e. amounts that citizens could raise.

    Economic Sophisms

    July 22, 2016 at 3:45 pm

  8. Naysayers who claim Trump won’t do it or that it can’t be done either don’t want it done or don’t care. Leftists and corporations obviously don’t want it done. But there are also TruCons, NeverTrumps, etc who are angry because Trump isn’t focused on their priorities i.e. free trade, libertarian, constitution, social issues, etc. But they don’t really care. They’re just saying he won’t do it because they’re disgruntled.

    As others have pointed out, the best “wall” is enforcement and deportation. But there’s no reason not to build a physical wall as well. The symbolism alone justifies it. The first sections of wall should be near cities, towns, highways and other easily accessible areas. And those sections should be long enough that it becomes easier to tunnel under than go around. At which point it becomes unnecessary to make it any longer.

    I would also suggest cutting back roads and towns near the border until all traffic goes through a handful of choke-points. Killing the small border towns and roads on the US side will also kill the small border towns on the Mexican side. Which would further reduce access to less heavily guarded areas. Most people won’t drive 4 hours to a less guarded area only to walk for 3 weeks through the desert once they cross. So it’s not just about building a wall. It’s also about making rural border regions on both sides more desolate and difficult to access.


    July 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

  9. The only way to keep a promise by continuing to talk about something is if your promise was that you would keep talking about it. Trump promised to actually do something about immigration when and if he became president. Therefore he has neither kept nor broken his promise.


    July 23, 2016 at 2:42 am

  10. I don’t understand why journalists don’t ask Trump : will the drone will be flied over by drones with the intention to kill people (adults and children) who will try to trespass ? because without the surveillance system (and automated else, the cost would be impossible to bare) a wall would be useless ?

    Trump has never been specific – to my knowledge – on the wall management. For me, the wall is not the problem. The problem is to decide to kill the families who trespass …. I’m not even sure it has ever been thrown in public debate.

    Bruno from Paris

    July 23, 2016 at 10:32 am

  11. “Build the wall and kill them all (if they’re caught trepassing)” is the true slogan that is being hidden.

    Bruno from Paris

    July 23, 2016 at 11:55 am

  12. If a police officer can be on the wall 2000 hours a year, you need 10 police officers per times the distance you want to be watched. Suppose that with the help of drone and IT, you need only 1 officer per miles, it means that 20 000 officers ared needed to watch the drone.

    But if the only thing they do when they catch people is to put them in jail, it won’t deter them. And you have a greater problem with childre,; except if the punishment is extreme (like 20 years in jail and deportation of the children without the parents if it is possible …. even child in jail in not enough to deter immigrants).

    And then the people has to know that to be detered. So the wall has to be a killer wall (or extremely repressive wall) and photos have to be communicated (a bit like ISIS).

    The only effective way would be drone killing people and the photos of the corpses, in particular children corpses, been put in government site to be know by the entire population.

    That is the true wall story that need to be assumed.

    Bruno from Paris

    July 23, 2016 at 12:09 pm

    • 20,000 officers is affordable.

      For most poor people in Latin America, being sent back home after paying their life savings to a “mule” take them across the wall is a pretty strong deterrent.

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