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Will the next Democratic president destroy the United States?

I can see people thinking that the question is hyperbolic. Obama didn’t destroy the United States, and neither did Clinton.

But it feels to me like things have changed. All of the Democrats seem to have bought into extreme rhetoric on immigration. Any sort of enforcement of immigration laws at all is now seen as immoral, evil, and racist. It’s even immoral, evil and racist to use force to deport someone who has been ordered by a judge to be deported because they committed crimes in the United States. It’s likely that the next Democratic president will create de facto open borders by ordering all immigration enforcement to stand down. This will immediately become well known throughout the world, and I forsee a mass immigration of tens of millions of people that will only stop when it becomes apparent that the United States has become just as crappy as the countries that people are emigrating from.

Unless you think that President Kamala Harris will take back everything she’s said up until now and govern like Obama?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 22, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration

NY Post immigration op-ed

I agree with this excerpt from a NY Post op-ed by Marc Thiessen:

President Barack Obama deported far more illegal immigrants than Trump has. ­Axios reports that “under the Obama administration, total ICE deportations were above 385,000 each year in fiscal years 2009 to 2011 and hit a high of 409,849 in fiscal 2012.”

I don’t recall Democrats in Congress accusing Obama of a “crime against humanity” or actions “outside the circle of civilized human behavior.”

Back then, Democrats agreed, as Sen. Charles Schumer put it in a 2009 speech, that “illegal immigration is wrong, plain and simple.” Since Trump took office, Democrats have become the party of illegal immigration.

They want to decriminalize illegal border crossings, cut ICE detention beds to force the agency to release illegal immigrants and then refuse to enforce lawful deportation orders.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 18, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration

Excellent Tucker Carlson op-ed

Link

Just a few years ago, even the most liberal Democrats in Congress felt obligated to say patriotic things about America. They may not have felt it, but they said it. Now, it’s routine to hear Democratic presidential candidates question the basic legitimacy of the United States.

Even supposed moderates, like Joe Biden, join in.

That should worry you. No country can survive being ruled by people who hate it.

… [skipping some BS] …

Our country rescued Ilhan Omar from the single poorest place on Earth. We didn’t do it for the money, we did it because we are kind people. How did she respond to the remarkable gift we gave her?

She scolded us, called us names, showered us with contempt. It’s infuriating. More than that, it is also ominous. The United States admits more immigrants more than any other country on Earth, more than a million every year. The Democratic Party demand we increase that by and admit far more. OK, Americans like immigrants, but immigrants have got to like us back.

That’s the key, it’s essential. Otherwise, the country falls apart.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 11, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration

The just-world fallacy and immigration (and abortion)

Part of a comment left about immigration and Democrats:

“At some point eventually Democrats will have to realize that illegal immigration is ruinous for everything they hold dear…”

The ruinous nature of illegal immigration (and of a lot of legal immigration) to America’s future could hardly be more obvious now. WTF are these people thinking?

No, they won’t see the ruinous nature because of the just-world fallacy. As explained at the RationalWiki:

The just world hypothesis, also known as the just world fallacy, is the idea that all actions have predictable and just consequences. The hypothesis implies (although sometimes only subconsciously) a belief in some sort of universal force that ensures moral balance in the world, in such a way that a person who exhibits good and moral behavior will eventually be rewarded, while evil and immoral actions will eventually be punished. It is both a concept in theology and considered to be a cognitive bias in psychology.

Because liberals believe that allowing immigration is morally just, and restricting immigration is evil, they will NEVER believe that bad things can happen by doing the morally just thing.

We see the same fallacy in effect on this blog whenever I point out that abortion brings good results for society. Anti-abortion evangelists refuse to believe any of the statistics or evidence about abortion that disagrees with their worldview that God or some universal force or whatever will reward us for restricting abortion and punish us for allowing it.

The commenter ends by alleging that liberals have an “insane hatred of normal white people.” But liberals believe that pro-life people have an insane hatred of women. According to an article in NY Magazine, “the prevailing sentiment among abortion rights activists is that the anti-abortion movement is just applied misogyny.” So there’s a second fallacy in misattributing your ideological enemies’ motivations.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 18, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Trump wins with Mexico

I have to credit Trump’s prole method of diplomacy, Mexico agreed to some concessions.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 8, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Trump’s tweet about border security

I agree with this.

And thus my point from yesterday: Mexico, not surprisingly, isn’t eager to help Trump when his own Congress refuses to help him.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 2, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Mexican tariffs from another viewpoint

If I were an upper-class Mexican citizen, this is what I would think:

Why is Trump blaming us when illegal immigration is the fault of the U.S. Congress for not passing laws that would allow Federal agencies to deport people who shouldn’t be there? Why does Trump want us to do what his own country won’t do?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 1, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Wired Magazine says that H-1B rejections are soaring

https://www.wired.com/story/h-1b-visa-rejections-spike-under-trump/

Good news! The Trump administration is working to protect American workers from cheap foreign labor.

The article, which is not surprisingly more sympathetic to the Indian family being sent back home than American workers, demonstrates the whole problem with the H-1B program with the family it chooses to highlight. The H-1B program is supposed to fill TEMPORARY employment needs, but the Indian family in the article seems to think they are entitled to live here for the rest of their lives because they were given an H-1B visa. Because, indeed, the way it was administered turned the H-1B program into just another loophole for massive permanent immigration.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 26, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

Massive increase in H-2B visas

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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 7, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Immigration

It’s Trump, not Kushner

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

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