President Trump either incautiously or brilliantly said during his opening negotiating session with Congressional leaders that he would sign whatever immigration agreement they brought to him. There has been plenty of hand-wringing over that statement from those supporting Trump based on his promises to build the wall and control immigration.
And of course since then, there has been the meeting where Trump might have said a bad word, or might not have. So that was a big deal over maybe something else, or maybe not something. Just in case, CNN said it 195 times in one day. Media in 2018.
But all the hand-wringing on one side and pathological hysteria on the other side, are all easily remedied — as long as Trump remembers three things: who got him elected and why; that regardless of naughty words (or not) DACA offers him real leverage with Democrats; and that Democrats simply want more voters by their own admission.
If Democrats got their way and all illegal residents were legalized citizens, Florida and Texas would become blue states and Republicans would never win another national election, becoming a permanent and small minority in Congress and the country. Republicans in Congress better darn well remember that, too.
So, here is an outline of the immigration plan that Congress should send to the President for his signature and the end to some of these ongoing and unnecessary debates.
1) Build the flippin’ Wall! Whew! This one is so painfully obvious. Nothing should go anywhere in any direction that Democrats want without full-funding for the wall. Right now, a limited portion exists and Congress has approved $1.6 billion for a small part of the wall to be built. In a $4 trillion budget, that’s peanuts. The wall has real purpose for all Americans.
Trump has been talking about building the wall since launching his campaign in June 2015. It became a staple rallying cry at every rally. No wall, no re-election.
And while on the wall, let’s take a serious look at paying for it by putting surcharges on money sent back to Mexico by Mexicans living here and taking American jobs, and any other creative ways to not have to put it all on American taxpayers. After all, it is really the semi-failed state of Mexico that has driven millions of their citizens to flee to the United States.
2) Chain migration. These laws allow the relatives of immigrants to immigrate here, which then allows the relatives of those immigrants to come and so on. It would be theoretically possible to empty out an entire country this way.
“[Chain migration] is the primary mechanism that has caused legal immigration in the U.S. to quadruple from about 250,000 per year in the 1950s and 1960s to more than one million annually since 1990,” according to NumbersUSA.
Here’s the process, explained by NumbersUSA: “Chain Migration starts with a foreign citizen chosen by our government to be admitted on the basis of what he/she is supposed to offer in our national interest. The Original Immigrant is allowed to bring in his/her nuclear family consisting of a spouse and minor children. After that, the chain begins. Once the Original Immigrant and his/her spouse becomes a U.S. citizen, they can petition for their parents, adult sons/daughters and their spouses and children, and their adult siblings.”
Chain migration has built the record-breaking number of legal immigrants in the country, burdening the country with additional metropolitan sprawl, traffic congestion, school overcrowding, hospital overcrowding and other issues because the growth is too fast and the illegal immigrants cost more than than pay. Further, the Center for Immigration Studies estimates that about eight million new immigrant voters will be added to the U.S. electorate in the next 20 years via chain migration — the large majority of whom vote Democrat.
3) Visa lottery. Officially called the Diversity Immigrant Visa program, this creates a United States Permanent Resident Card for 50,000 immigrants each year. The goal is to diversify the immigrant population in the United States. Of course, they each can begin their own chain migration process, so it becomes much more than 50,000.
The program works by selecting applicants from countries with low numbers of immigrants in the previous five years. As of 2017, around 20 million people apply for the lottery each year. (Because — please note, NFL players — we are the most attractive destination in the world.)
This finally got the attention it should have been getting all along when the ISIS-inspired terrorist who drove a truck along a pathway and killed eight people in New York turned out to be a “diversity” lottery winner.
Diversity in this respect is hokum. America is already the most diverse country in the world and if we just wanted a more diverse immigrant population, we could accomplish that by…building the wall! (One in four immigrants in the United States are from Mexico, making “diversity” all but impossible.)
4) E-Verify. This is the most popular immigration reform out there, and it’s a no-brainer — except perhaps for the influence of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. It would bar American employers from hiring illegal residents over American citizens for jobs.
E-Verify is voluntary right now through a federal website. That has made it all but worthless because it is hard to compete with those who hire illegals if you follow the E-Verify rules. That’s just how it works and the results of the website demonstrate that.
Trump has said it should be mandatory, and it’s tough for Democrats to argue the point considering more than 60 percent of Americans in several polls support it. But attempts in the past have failed, in part because of Republicans. They should find their spine and do this. It only takes a tiny bit of gumption to get this one right.
Reform immigration for an American future controlled by Americans
Trump will likely continue enforcing the currents laws, plus new ones. Deporting the 200,000 Salvadorans that were supposed to be here temporarily after a hurricane and are still here 20 years later, and raiding companies that are knowingly employing illegals such as the recent 7-11 raid by the feds, are right and proper executive actions.
None of this reform is conceptually, or in practice, revolutionary or unusual or un-American. With a package like this in place, the United States would regain control of its borders and immigration rules, creating a better America now and for future generations.
And it might save the world from progressivism’s attempt to douse the shining city on a hill.
Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act.
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