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Nancy Pelosi’s Misguided Speech by The Elephant's Child

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Nancy Pelosi called a potential border wall (or barrier) “immoral.” I suppose that means that all the poor, often illiterate, illegal immigrants are really entitled to American citizenship just for the effort of crossing the border, simply because they are poor and to be pitied. Unfortunately a large percentage of them have been deported previously, with records of prior arrests and criminal records, and now there are the gangs of MS-13, brutal gangs in most major American cities. There are also potential terrorists from the Middle East, as the terrorists have chosen to enter through our southern border with Mexico, since it is easier than trying to get through an airport.

The media has made much of Trump’s claim that Mexico would pay for the wall, taking his comment literally. The Center for Immigration Studies has calculated that a wall (or barrier) can pay for itself; they have analyzed the cost of each illegal immigrant, the number of illegal border crossers versus the cost of a wall. At the link above, they show how they estimated, and how they calculated the costs. Makes sense to me.

President Trump won the 2016 election partly because of his stance on illegal immigration. According to Rasmussen Reports, 48% of likely voters think the government is doing too little to stop illegal immigration, while 28% think the government is doing too much.

The President suggested that if we are going to have immigrants, we should probably choose those who will contribute to our country, rather than those who will rely on our welfare sector. He believes in a merit-based immigration schedule. Outcry: Racist, Xenophobia etc. etc. In both the 2016 and 2017 omnibus appropriations bills, the president gave the DHS Secretary discretion to raise the H-2B visa ceiling from 68,000 to 85,000. Key findings from the Labor Department’s Bureau of Labor Statistics are found here.

Whenever we start talking about immigration, legal and illegal, we need to remember that there are well over a million people who have applied legally to immigrate, paid any fees, and are waiting patiently in line for their turn to be admitted. The government, at some point, determined that we could comfortably absorb about a million new people a year. There are Illegal immigrants which means simply that they are acting illegally against our laws. Sometimes called illegal aliens, which means that they owe their allegiance to another country. We have foreign students, temporary workers, tourists, temporary workers under differing programs, H-2B temporary workers in several industries, H-1B who are high-tech workers, both categories work for less than American workers are paid.

It is all very complicated and affects many lives. Brushing it off with a snarky “immoral” because her political party wants open borders and more illegal immigrants who can be brought to get illegally registered and vote for Democrats, is beyond the pale.




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