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Massive increase in H-2B visas

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The Trump administration approved a massive increase in H-2B visas.

Don’t blame Jared Kushner. Remember the debate in 2016 when Trump defended H-2B visas because the foreign workers do jobs that Americans won’t do. Ignoring what was written on his own campaign website (which was probably written by Stephen Miller).

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Now that I think about it, the H-2B visa program has no personal impact on me, except that it enables the existence of restaurants and hotels in seasonal areas like the Hamptons, so it’s more of a benefit for anyone who’s white collar. The foreign workers are kept segregated in their own worker housing (which is zoned separately from housing for Americans), so you never see them when they are not serving you food or cleaning the hotel you’re staying at.

But it has meant the end of the tradition of middle-class white kids working summer jobs.

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April 7, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

It’s Trump, not Kushner

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This article at Politico, about how Kusnher is “quietly” working on a plan to “expand some forms of legal immigration,” has gotten some right-wing people into a tizzy of Kushner hate.

I feel that this hate is tinged with some anti-Semitism, because Trump has brought a whole bunch of Wall Street/big corporation types into his administration who haven’t bought into Trump’s populism (like Wilbur Ross, Jr. and Steven Mnuchin), and his signature legislative achievement was a massive tax cut for big corporations and the top 1%, but they blame Kushner for everything.

I am certain that it is Trump who has asked Kushner to do this, and not the other way around. And not just because the article explicitly says that “Trump personally tasked Kushner … with the priority of legal immigration.”

Trump has never been anti-legal immigration, if you have paid attention. Has anyone else but me been paying attention? In March of 2016, after watching a debate between Trump and Ted Cruz, I wrote this:

We’ve suspected for a while that Trump doesn’t really know what’s in his position papers on his website, and he outsources them to TrueCon types who ignore what he says in his campaign speeches. It has finally been proven today. The diatribe in his immigration plan against H-1B visas is apparently not something he’s actually going to do if he becomes president.

It seems to me that Trump’s actual beef with immigration is that our laws are being violated. Trump believes in law and order.

But today we see that Trump actually buys into the standard big-corporation lies on immigration.

* There aren’t enough qualified Americans
* We lose “talented” people if they graduate college and then aren’t allowed to stay here and work
* We need foreigners to do jobs Americans won’t do

When asked about his hotels’ use of H-2B visas, he could have said “I’m a businessman, I take advantage of the laws to make as much money as possible. But when I’m president, we are going to reform the H-2B program to create more jobs for Americans.” Instead, he just agrees with the standard corporate position that these are jobs Americans won’t do.

Trump has said all along that his wall is going to have a big beautiful door in the middle of it for people to come here legally. I now think that he means it, and that he has no interest in reducing the amount of legal immigration and may actually increase it.

I told you so three years ago.

And since then, Trump hasn’t changed how he talks about the immigration problem. He always talks about the law and order angle, how illegal immigrants are breaking our laws to come into this country, and then committing crimes after they get here. He rarely if ever talks about immigration in economic or cultural terms.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 4, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Emergency at the border

According to the NY Times:

For the fourth time in five months, the number of migrant families crossing the southwest border has broken records, border enforcement authorities said Tuesday, warning that government facilities are full and agents are overwhelmed.

That sounds like an emergency to me! Shame on Republican traitors in Congress who would vote to rescind the emergency declaration.

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March 5, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Update on the Wall

There’s not much to say.

As I previously wrote, once Trump caved in and agreed to “temporary” refunding of the government, he would lose most of his leverage with Democrats. He probably lost support of Republicans who were totally behind massive tax cuts for the rich, but they were never behind border security with the same sort of passion.

Liberals in the MSM will be outraged for a while over Trump’s “authoritarian” and “unprecedented” use of a national “emergency,” even though there are 31 other active national “emergencies.” Like many other Trump executive orders, liberals will probably find a liberal Trump-hating judge who will issue an injunction over it. Hopefully, it will quickly get to the Supreme Court where that injunction will be reversed.

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February 16, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Democrats won’t admit that all border fencing is racist

http://thefederalist.com/2019/01/08/why-is-a-border-wall-immoral/

This is a great article in The Federalist, I pretty much agree with everything the author says.

We already have around 700 miles of barriers. Swalwell’s state of California shares a 140-mile border with Mexico, about 105 miles of which is walled or fenced, including a giant fence that juts into the Pacific Ocean. Are those walls immoral and racist, also? If so, why don’t Democrats support tearing down these nefarious structures?

The answer to these questions is that 15 years ago, Democrats didn’t realize that border fencing was racist. Now they are more woke. How does that work? As I’ve previously pointed out, Donald Trump is the rare individual who seems to be immune to having his beliefs change over time based on the zeitgeist. Most people change what they believe subconsciously, without even realizing that it happened. For most people, beliefs are based on emotions and tribal association, and not on independent logical thinking that has to be consistent over time.

But Democrats know that demanding all border barriers of any kind be torn down would be unpopular and would lose votes, so their goal is to chip away at border security and slowly but surely move in the direction of open borders with no barriers (physical or legal) at all to immigration.

Thus we see that Democrats oppose the wall not because it’s not the most cost-effective way to prevent illegal immigration, but rather they are opposed to it because secretly they believe that it works, even though they publicly argue the opposite. A wall that works is racist.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 10, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Trump’s speech and Chuck & Nancy’s response

Chuck & Nancy’s position is that there is no way in hell that they will ever give Trump a win, and if the government has to be shut down forever to deny Trump a win, then so be it. Those aren’t words they actually said, but that was an assumption behind what they did say. Which puts them in a stronger position, because it’s not just bravura, the Democrats really are unanimously united to deny Trump a win at all costs. And the mainstream media, except for Fox News and the Drudge Report, are fully behind the Democrats.

I don’t feel like Trump said anything that would convince a voter like my mother to change her mind on the issue. And that means that it won’t shore up the resolve of Republicans in Congress, many of whom secretly wish that Jeb Bush or Mike Pence was president instead of Trump. (They don’t care that Republican voters soundly rejected Jeb Bush and other establishment-preferred candidates. What do you think this is, a Democracy?)

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January 9, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Nancy Pelosi basically admits she wants open borders

Yesterday, Nancy Pelosi said that “a wall is an immorality between countries.” In other words, the problem with a wall has nothing to do with cost-benefit analysis, it’s because she’s totally against preventing people from crossing the border.

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January 4, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Do walls work?

According to Rich Lowry in the NY Post:

Robust fencing made an enormous difference in stopping illegal crossings in Yuma, Ariz. The area had only about 5 miles of fencing in the mid-2000s, then saw the extent of its fencing ¬increase 10-fold. Illegal crossings plummeted.

Yuma got that additional fencing thanks to the passage of the Secure Fence Act in 2006 on a ¬bi-partisan basis, prior to the Democratic Party becoming ¬unsettled by the prospect of putting physical barriers in the way of illegal entrants.

That walls keep people out seems obvious, but naysayers insist that people can just dig under the wall, so what’s the point?

People can also get around locked doors, so what’s the point of locking the door to your house?

Seems to me that nearly all of the people who make the argument that walls don’t work are also in favor of liberal immigration policies, some to the extent of underhandedly trying to get to an open borders policy through non-enforcement of any immigration laws. Is there a single person who is strongly against immigration who says a wall doesn’t work? I don’t think so.

The wall is especially important so long as Congress refuses to change the policy that allows anyone to demand asylum once they set foot on U.S. soil and we aren’t allowed to deport them after that.

Even stricter enforcement of laws prohibiting the hiring of illegals and requiring the use of e-verify doesn’t obviate the need for a wall, because there are people who still want to cross the border to either work for those willing to violate the law, or to make money by being criminals.

Also, the porous southern border is the easiest way to sneak contraband into the country, it’s much riskier to do it through a legal port-of-entry (where they have high-tech equipment and drug-sniffing-dogs and people inspecting your stuff).

However, this country also needs entry-exit visa tracking, mandatory e-verify, and many other policies that Democrats in Congress (along with some open-borders Republicans) will refuse to pass, because as I stated above, they want to get to open borders through non-enforcement of the laws. They figure, eventually there will be enough open-borders people in Congress to grant a massive amnesty to all of the illegals. Or maybe, if they can put enough left-wing judges onto the Supreme Court, the Supreme Court will suddenly discover that illegals have a Constitutional right to stay here permanently. (One of the huge benefits of the Trump presidency is that he has put off that day of reckoning by appointing conservative judges.)

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January 4, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration

Border Wall GoFundMe

https://www.gofundme.com/TheTrumpWall

I’m impressed that this has passed $5 million, but still, it seems too good to be true that this will actually work.

How much money does it have to raise before the New York Times will acknowledge its existence?

5:41 PM EST: $7.7 million

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 20, 2018 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Build the Wall

I’m sick and tired of the Wall not being built. I fully support Trump shutting down the government until Congress funds a lousy $5 billion (out of a $4+ trillion budget) for the Wall.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

December 17, 2018 at EDT am

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