Already the usual comments are coming in on this news story, with the hackneyed claim that Trump is being clever, trolling the left, “playing 4-D chess”, etc.
Why does this whole situation give me a sense of déjà vu?
From Breitbart News:
During his State of the Union (SOTU) address this week, Trump went off-script while discussing national immigration policy, saying he wanted to admit “the largest numbers ever” of legal immigrants to the country.
“Legal immigrants enrich our nation and strengthen our society in countless ways,” Trump said. “I want people to come into our country, in the largest numbers ever, but they have to come in legally.”
The reactions from the Republican faithful are simply a replay of the responses used by that same duplicitous crowd during G.W. Bush’s open borders administration. His lackeys always said ”he’s gaming the system.” or ‘trolling’ or playing (yes) “3-D chess” or ‘playing chess while his enemies are playing checkers.’ And people fell for it, or at least most GOP respectables fell for it. So why are people eager to believe those feeble rationales now? Fool me twice, shame on me. The excuses made for blindly trusting G.W. Bush did not sway me for long, so I parted company with the party faithful, whose only loyalty seems to be to The Party, not towards their folk, and certainly not towards the truth.
Now, of course, many of the party faithful have repeated the magic mantra on immigration: “I don’t oppose immigration; I only have a problem with illegal immigration, after all, we’re all immigrants….” For umpteen years now, at least as long as I’ve been blogging, the tired phrase ”as long as they come in legally” serves as the magic phrase which politicians and their duped followers use, their ‘abracadabra’ to legitimize mass immigration ad infinitum — ‘just as long as they do it legally.’ And this suffices to keep most GOP voters passive.
That phrase has become the default speech of the usual GOP loyalist/follower types who above all, don’t want to be thought ‘racist’ in opposing mass immigration, or even objecting to immigration per se, because to be suspected of ‘racism’ is social death for the Respectable Republican faithful.
So, as a sort of protective mantra, those on the ‘right’ who have even mild qualms about mass, unchecked, un-vetted immigration will learn to couch their timid objections by reciting the rote phrase. It seems likely to me that this phrase and its variants were seeded either by the ‘no borders’ Republican operatives or by the left, or both, hoping to derail and re-direct any honest opposition to unchecked mass immigration by directing all the objections at illegal immigrants only, when the fact is that America receives at least a million legal immigrants each year for some time now. And if I recall my statistics, which I used to cite a dozen years ago, we actually received something like 1.3 million a year, or 1.5 for a while. So if the lower figure is anywhere near accurate, since I started blogging close to 13 years ago we have likely welcomed 13 million plus. That’s a lot of people. And then what of chain migration? How many have come in on the coattails of those 13+ million in the interim?
And does President Trump claim that all these warm bodies still leave us with a labor shortage? Do we really have near-zero unemployment among our native-born work force? Sorry, I am just not buying this rationale.
“We need people in our country because our unemployment numbers are so low and we have massive numbers of companies coming back into our country,” Trump reportedly told the media.
“I need people coming in because we need people to run the factories and plants and companies that are moving back in,” Trump said. “We need people.”
And if we do need immigrants to fill these many, many job openings, why do we need low-wage, non-English speaking, unskilled workers, who are also heavy users of social services? Why not recruit immigrants from Anglosphere countries, people who are native speakers of our language, and who ‘fit in’ culturally, and who do not ”contribute” lots of crime and social dysfunction to our country?
I can readily believe that the easily-manipulated segment of our population has been primed to repeat the party line about ”as long as they come here legally…” so as to be willing to accept millions more immigrants annually, for any length of time, because they are gullible enough to accept the feeble rationale provided — and they can still salvage their own reputation as being open-minded about immigrants and not ‘bigoted’ like those people who actually want a halt to open borders.
As for the wall? It’s irrelevant, at this point. It may get built, per President Trump’s promise, or it may not, but walls won’t help if our government is avidly recruiting millions more legal immigrants annually for the foreseeable future. Legal or illegal, if we are outnumbered by the steady inflow of immigrants, if we become a permanent class of exiles in our own country, a wall would be pretty cold comfort.