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President Trump is aligning immigration policy to our national wellbeing. His approach is comprehensive and consistent. It is a welcome change and not a moment too soon.
Immigration is a privilege not a right.
A nation has every right and reason to make sure those who enter are who they say they are and those who want to stay are beneficial not burdensome. It is amazing that these fundamental sovereignty issues are debated.
A border wall with Mexico is a necessary requirement for protecting national sovereignty and blocking future illegal immigration along America’ southern border. Hopefully, Israel will be consulted on design as their walls are the most successful of the modern era. National Park lands along the border could effectively use razor sharp sisal and other natural barriers to mitigate visual impacts. Instilling a culture of proactive excellence among border and customs enforcement professionals is another critical element to assure our safety.
Eliminating sanctuary cities and reinstituting the rule of law is necessary for public safety. Punishing companies who hire illegals must show that laws matter. President Trump’s strong stand on enforcing immigration laws has already had an effect. Intercepts of illegal immigrants along the Mexican border plummeted 40.5% from January to February.
Trump’s temporary ban on issuing visas to people from failed states is prudent and legal. The six targeted countries continue to be chaotic war zones where viable public records are nonexistent. Bribes and terrorist agendas creating fake identities are a border control nightmare. Better to pause and plan, with appropriate documented waivers, until integrity is established
Trump aligning U.S. policy with established and proven policies in effect in other countries is a strategic step in the right direction. Many nations use economic benefit as the guiding principle of their immigration policy. Australia and New Zealand have always filtered for needed skills and education. Australia issues visas to skilled workers based upon a points-based system, with points allocated for certain levels of education. Visas are often sponsored by individual Australian States, according to their specific skill needs. Australian businesses also sponsor visas for highly sought after skilled workers. Australia and New Zealand have never been assailed for racism or nativism.
In the 19th Century, America needed people to populate its ever expanding territories. The federal government gave transcontinental railways vast land grants to incentivize laying rails to link the continent. The Northern Pacific and Great Northern railroads launched major advertising campaign throughout Scandinavia to attract settlers to turn their land grants into vibrant farming communities that, in turn, used the railroad to ship goods.
In 1882, U.S. policy turned away from economic development and went down the slippery slope of nationality based immigration. Initially, California workers wanted to block Chinese immigrants to stabilize wages. Other laws followed, which established national quotas instead of skill-based immigration. This shift came to grief in the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. Liberals, led by Senators Ted Kennedy and Phil Hart, filled the legislation with diversity goals and codifying the concept of “anchor babies”, where a child of illegal immigrants born on U.S. soil establishes entitlement for family members to move to America.
President Bush supported the Immigration Act of 1990 (IMMACT90), which established flexible immigration caps and made permanent the admission of "diversity immigrants" from "underrepresented" countries. The cumulative result opened the floodgates to burdensome instead of beneficial immigrants. Immigration policy completely changed from economic wellbeing and security to a liberal social engineering effort.
The 1965 and 1990 laws completely wrecked U.S. immigration policy. I encountered this bizarre new regulatory world, twice. In the 1980s, I had to personally appeal to Attorney General Ed Meese to allow the former CEO of KLM and his wife to retire in Florida. It was amazing that U.S. immigration officials had rejected a wealthy corporate executive because there were too many Dutch immigrants. In 2006, I had to appeal to the Bush White House to allow a Swiss Doctor, and his Nurse Practitioner wife, to join their parents in America and work for a Washington area hospital. These happened at the same time poverty stricken immigrants from Third World countries were being welcomed on a daily basis.
Liberals, and even some Republicans, have spent decades creating damaging and surreal U.S. immigration policies. These policies threaten national security, burden government services, and deprive America of people who can substantively contribute to the national economy.
Thankfully, during his February 28, 2017 speech to Congress President Trump embraced a “merit based” immigration policy to benefit America’s economic revitalization. Trump’s subsequent Executive Orders and initiatives are putting our national interest in the right place, in the right ways.