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Trump wins with Mexico

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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

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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

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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

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

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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

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.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

February 16, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

Democrats won’t admit that all border fencing is racist

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?)

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 9, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Immigration, Politics

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