Skip to comments.Trump Keeps Winning on Immigration
Posted on 02/07/2018 6:12:41 AM PST by Kaslin
President Trumps approval rating jumped 10 points in January, rising to the highest level since soon after he was inaugurated. As Congressman Steve Stivers noted, No president in their second year has seen their approval rating go up except this one.
Many were surprised that Trump has managed to break through the incessant opposition of a hostile media. Our explanation is that Trump lured the Democrats into a high-profile debate on the immigration issue, and the president won the debate because the public agrees with him.
Democrats proved they are so committed to the principle of amnesty for illegal immigrants that they would even shut down the government over it. To the surprise of many Democrats, the public is not buying it.
Immigration is a subject on which there is the greatest disconnect between what ordinary Americans want and what our government delivers. We allowed about 1.5 million immigrants a year to settle in America in 2014 and 2015, the latest year such figures are available, but a new poll shows that Americans think that number is way too high.
According to the respected Harvard-Harris poll, 72 percent of Americans think we should admit fewer than 1 million immigrants a year. Of those, 54 percent think we should have fewer than 500,000 immigrants a year, and 35 percent think the number should be 250,000 or even less.
Americans are Dreamers too, President Trump declared in the best line of his superb State of the Union address. The president holds a winning hand, and the news on immigration keeps supporting him.
On Super Bowl Sunday, football fans awoke to the sad news that Edwin Jackson, a linebacker for the Indianapolis Colts, and his Uber driver were killed by a drunk-driving illegal immigrant from Guatemala, Manuel Orrego-Savala. The culprit, who had twice been previously deported, fled the scene on foot, but was later caught and found to have three times the legal limit of alcohol in his blood as he drove his pickup truck without a license.
Near San Diego last month, U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested two illegal immigrant Dreamers with DACA privileges who had been making a living by smuggling other illegals into the United States from Mexico. The 20-year-old Dreamer was caught driving two illegals in his car, while the 22-year-old was acting as a scouter to warn another smuggler when Border Patrol agents were sighted in the area.
While President Trump has been acting as good cop with his extremely generous offer of eventual citizenship for 1.8 million Dreamers, his essential bad cop, Acting ICE Director Tom Homan, has been enforcing the law in sanctuary cities and states. Homan raided 77 businesses in Northern California last week, looking for employers who harm American workers by knowingly hiring illegal immigrants.
The Obama administration had essentially allowed San Francisco and other liberal areas to opt out of federal immigration law, but that is changing under Director Homan, who promised a 400 percent increase in workplace enforcement. Weve got to take these sanctuary cities on, Homan declared, even suggesting that local officials could be criminally punished for harboring illegal aliens in their jurisdictions.
Americans sympathize with immigrants who were brought here as young children (although thats not really true of many who would receive amnesty under the bipartisan Dreamer legislation), but not the adults who illegally brought them here. Still less do Americans want the Dreamers to import their distant relatives under the process known as chain migration.
How that works was explained by the eminent Harvard Professor George Borjas, himself an immigrant, in the New York Times. Our current system lets a new immigrant eventually sponsor the entry of her brother, who can then sponsor the entry of his wife, who can sponsor her father, who can sponsor his sister, and so on.
Professor Borjas continued, Does it really make sense for one entry today to eventually lead to a visa for the immigrants sister-in-laws aunt? Obviously not, which is why Americans oppose letting new immigrants import relatives beyond members of their immediate family.
President Trump has insisted that any deal for DACA must include provisions limiting family reunification to an immigrants spouse and minor children. Democrats have refused to accept that reasonable restriction, which means there likely wont be a deal anytime soon.
The Harvard-Harris poll shows that most Americans not only think total immigration should be reduced, but also that we should give preference to immigrants with something to contribute to our country, based on their education and skills. That opinion was shared by all demographic groups polled, and was especially high among African Americans.
That opinion used to be shared by Democrats, too, including Bill Clinton who praised the late Barbara Jordan during his 1995 State of the Union address. It is wrong, Bill Clinton said then, to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it.
Maybe Sarah Sanders or even President Trump should hold up pictures of Edwin Jackson and Kate Steinle when discussing the illegal invasion.
Make them SEE this is a serious issue.
Thank you Andy!
Youre a credit to your mom......her dying wish was to see Donald Trump as President.
God rest her soul
Hostile is correct. The media isn't even "media" in the traditional sense. Hasn't been for a long long long time. The fangirling of Clinton from 1993 to 2001 turned into full fledged cult worship of Obama from 2009 to 2017.
On the other hand, the media was subtly hostile to Dubya (and the American military) throughout Bush II's eight years in office. Bush didn't fight back, and the Republican brand suffered further damage by the weak-kneed mumbler and bumbler John McInsane.
Now the GOP gets a candidate and a PRESIDENT who FIGHTS and refuses to back down.
The media has gone into full on assault of Trump. Listening to the daily White House Press Corps(e) press briefing is a good exercise in demonstrating this truth. Yesterday Sarah Sanders brought in a DOJ official who gave some HARD CORE DETAIL on the brutal behavior of the Latin gang MS-13...he talked about their violent behavior, misogyny, and danger to American lives. He then took questions.
First question for this guy from some unidentified MORON in the media was about MARIJUANA legalization. That sad sack April Ryan from Urban Radio networks was asking about that Eric Garner guy...it is like these jerks are incapable of listening. As if the guy is coming in to talk about everything BUT what he just addressed.
Smug, stupid and repetitive bores. Nearly the whole lot of them.
Glad to see PRESIDENT TRUMP has been able so far to go past them.
Imagine how well he might be doing if the media were actually doing JOURNALISM instead of agitation propaganda.
Sad to say that no matter what blacks’ opinions on immigration, they will still keep voting Democrat. Inner city blacks are convinced that Democrats keep the gravy train going and that Republicans are evil racists.
I could be wrong but blacks will NEVER vote for Republicans. So the most we can hope for is black political neutrality.
Ever notice that when he makes a speech that is widely viewed by the public like the SOTU, his numbers jump? The pundits are surprised that he is both eloquent and presidential. The public gets to see he doesn't have horns.
Then, when the lsm and dims peck away at him in the daily news his numbers creep back down. I guess the 90% negative coverage is more than just a coincidence (sarc).
Part of the answer is for President Trump to state that all illegals must leave within 6 months or they will never, ever be allowed to become a U.S. citizen or even get a green card. That will both get rid of millions and provide the evidence that the remainder do not want to become legal U.S. citizens. It is all about the money, money, money.
Our job is to convince them that they are being used by the rats,
LBJ supposedly said blacks would vote Democrat for 300 years. I would say even longer than that, but the country may not be around in 300 years.
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