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The Immigration Debate Is Really Just Beginning by The Elephant's Child

I think that many of us who consider ourselves Republicans or Conservatives, have trouble understanding the Progressives, the current terminology since “Liberal” went away. If you think of Republicans as those who believe in a constitutional republic, it’s a little difficult to grasp what they are on about. No, they’re not all Commies. But if you think of Progressivism as a religion, you won’t be far wrong.

Their vocabulary is political and weaponized. The case of the “Dreamers” is an excellent example. There are those who fall under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival  (DACA) who are somewhere around 800,000 strong, and there are “the Dreamers” who seem to be a group of around three million, including MS13, drug dealers and other undesirables along with those who are not “illegals” but “undocumented” as if not having papers was just an accident and they left them at home.

Victor Davis Hanson has an important column today about the “Mythologies of Illegal Immigration“. Do read the whole thing. His home is in the immigrant and illegal immigrant part of California’s Central Valley.

Most of the innocents are presumed to have graduated from college, served in the military and contributed to the nation, rather than the reverse. We are supposed to owe them something because they came here illegally with or without parents when they were little children. They owe us. They have received free schooling, though 8 times more have not graduated from high school than have graduated from college. Only one in a thousand has served in the military. The average age is 25, though many are much older. Here’s Professor Hanson:

“Diversity” is often associated with illegal immigration. In fact, the majority of illegal immigrants come from Latin American and Mexico. They are hardly diverse. Real diversity would be recalibrating immigration to be legal, meritocratic, and aimed at roughly equal representation from Latin America, Asia, Africa, and Europe—and thus politically unpredictable.

The cargo of illiberal accusations is likewise constructed, given the United States is the most pro-Latino country in the world, Mexico included. Half of all immigrants, both legal and illegal, come either from Mexico or Latin America—a sort of inverse racism that assumes illegal Spanish-speaking immigrants are intrinsically more deserving of U.S. residence than legal immigration applicants from Uganda, South Korea, or Ukraine. …

Strange, too, are the outward theatrics and themes of illegal alien activism—the frequent waving of Mexican flags, the often loud criticism of a generous host country, the usual demands made upon a foreign nation—mysteriously coupled with the overwhelming desire of millions to enter or remain in the supposedly demonic United States. Waving a flag of a country that one does not wish to return to while shunning the flag of a country in which one very much wishes to reside is incoherent.

“More than 500 DACA recipients have been stripped of protections for engaging in criminal acts—including gang activity—and are running free in the United States, say experts.” CIS reports that they have not been deported, and only about 30 percent have been removed or in custody of ICE. There is no record of removal, detention or release for 940 of the Dreamers.

The romantic language of the discussion of the Dreamers, including the name “Dreamer” is confusing the issues, and it’s hard to get to the serious questions of needed legislation. The American people are much more concerned about illegal immigration, our immigration laws, and the reforms needed. Jeff Bezos, head of Amazon, was toying with the idea of offering college scholarships to all the Dreamers. Why would someone offer such a gift to illegal immigrants who may not even be college material while ignoring the needs of many of our own citizens? Virtue signalling? Caught up in the romance of immigration? How are cities and states getting away with Sanctuary designations in defiance of Federal law, and why?

It would be really helpful if we could do away with the romantic and misleading language, and demand straight talk and straight thought about a serious problem and a serious discussion.

Progressives are furious with Schumer for caving in and helping to pass a temporary funding bill for the government. This remains an ongoing problem. You’d probably better call your representatives and let them know what you think.



Some Simple Clarity About Immigration by The Elephant's Child

Victor Davis Hanson summed up the immigration debate nicely. Obama is not addressing the problems that most of us see and are concerned about. Professor Hanson lives in the great Central Valley in California which has been one of the centers of immigration of agricultural workers, legal and illegal, and has been an important voice in the debate.

Voters last week seemed to be saying that the entire immigration debate is morally upside down.

The true unethical position is that of the immigration hijacker who decides — without the force of law, public opinion, or court sanction — to enhance his narrow political, cultural, or economic interests. He cares little about the ensuing effects of his self-interest on collective infrastructure, social services, law enforcement, criminal justice, or state budgets.

So what, exactly, do Americans want out of immigration?

It would seem that Americans appreciate the vibrancy, energy, and new ideas that immigrants bring. But a great many Americans also insist that immigrants come legally, in manageable numbers, in ethnically diverse fashion, and that they be eager to learn English and assimilate quickly.

Everybody should be indignant about Obama’s idea that he can just do whatever he wants if Republicans don’t oblige him with what he wants. There are lots of difficult problems. There are the Afghan translators who worked with American forces and are now under threat for their families lives because they helped us. Immediate access.

But all these problems cannot be dealt with in one big Omnibus bill. We really have to stop the big omnibus bills.  Such legislation gets too long, and usually gets the incentives and unexpected consequences totally wrong. Address the problems one at a time, as a piece of a complete agenda. Send the bills up to Obama one at a time. He can sign them or veto them, presenting the Republicans with all sorts of opportunities.




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