Many immigrant rights advocates have made the mistake of insisting on immigration benefits for unauthorized immigrants rather than just legal rights for them. This may be the reason why immigration reform can never happen. The two opposing sides on immigration reform are both having elections in their minds. One side think that they can get more votes with immigration reform while the other side think that there will be more voters who would vote against them. Legal rights for immigrants are thus rudely pushed aside by both sides.
It is a no brainer that people can not just come to a country and ask for benefits. But people should be allowed to travel around the world and stay where they can afford to stay as long as they abide by the laws of the country where they stay. Each country can make their own laws concerning what benefits a person from another country can receive. But forbidding certain people from coming and staying is not right. People have the right to freedom of movement.
Legalization of unauthorized immigrants means giving unauthorized immigrants legal rights, not immigration benefits.
Trump has made several promises that are contradictory. For example, his promise to deport unauthorized immigrants is contradictory to his promise to make America great again. So what does he think is more important? Obviously, from what he has been doing since he took office, we can tell that he is putting his own interest and his own party’s interest above the interests of the country. Making America great again has to come last. The first thing in his mind is to keep his supporters happy so they will vote for him again in 4 years. The next thing in his mind is still future elections: how to make sure there will not be more Democrats.
Trump’s small-minded thinking reinforced my impression that he is mediocre, that he can not put the country’s interests first, that he does not have what it take to be a great president. His chief strategist Steve Bannon may be to blame for his petty strategies. But Trump has to be the one to take the ultimate responsibility since he does have the power to say no to Steve Bannon.
I can understand why there can not be a great president at this time though. People on the extreme right would kill any president who dare not to answer to them. So there is not much of a chance for anyone to do anything great right now. Innocent lives will continue to be destroyed for some crazy people to be happy. For the short period of time since Trump took office, innocent women and children have been killed in raids in the Middle East, immigrants have been killed, attacked, or separated from their children to be deported. All of these have been weighing heavily on those like myself who did not support Hillary to defeat Trump.
First of all, I agree with Dallas Mayor’s assessment that Trump’s travel ban could help radicalize extremists. Whether or not there is any good reason for Trump to order such a ban is not as important as it is how the ban will be seen by the world. I am sorry to have dismissed political correctness. Political correctness is not unimportant in this case.
As to Trump’s motivation for this ban, I can only speculate. There could be a few reasons for Trump to have come up with this ban. There could be an innocent reason for the US to stop accepting refugees from Syria. I was once a refugee. So I know something about how things work for refugees. When conflicts end in the country where they come from, refugees are supposed to go back to their country if they have not resettled in another country. Whether refugees from Syria should still be sent to other countries to resettle there depends on whether conflicts have ended in Syria. Trump probably does not want to think that there are still conflicts in Syria. In reality, conflicts do not usually end so quickly. If Russia is still supporting the Assad regime, conflicts will still be there. Even after all foreign forces have left Syria, there could still be a civil war there. There will be peace there eventually. But probably not right now.
That being said, a lot of people, including myself, feel that Trump’s ban is motivated more by some people’s fear of, or worse, hatred for, Muslims. This is because Trump got into power partly by making promises to people who fear or hate Muslims that he will protect them. When government policies are made out of fear or hatred, they can not be reasonable. Why do some people have to be inconvenienced and disrespected? Human rights are not just for the majority. They are for everyone. If Trump does not want to be misunderstood, he should offer as much explanation for his decision as possible. By simply saying because the US has the need of finding extremists, some people have to be inconvenienced and disrespected, Trump is showing disrespect for these people. I can therefore tell that disrespect is the most important reason for Trump to come up with the ban. Of course, trying to keep his campaign promises, and by extension, keep his job, is another reason.
By the way, if stopping extremists from entering the United States is the reason for the ban, I can not understand why Iran is on the list of countries whose citizens are to be banned. I can only think of Iran being the enemy of Israel as the reason for her to be included.
No. Absolutely not.
Reason No.1: She will continue the wars that cost the US government so much that the US government will get deeper into debt, the US will need more quantitative easing, and the US economy will not be able to recover. And as the US economy can not recover, Americans will be more against immigration.
Reason No.2: She will cave in to demands from the anti-immigration forces, just like Obama.
Reason No.3: She does not mean to keep her promises.
Reason No.4: The immigration reform advocates are not powerful enough to deserve her attentions.
Finally, because there are so many flaws in Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, by supporting Hillary Clinton, immigration reform advocates are inviting more people to fight against their cause. This is an even more important reason not to support Hillary Clinton.
Immigration problems can only be solved by someone who is not looking to be popular, who dare to do the right thing for the people. Both Trump and Hillary Clinton are people who want to be popular and tend to cave in. So immigration reform advocates must look to Gary Johnson and Jill Stein.
No. What he has just made clear in his latest immigration speech is that he will keep the same immigration policies as his predecessors.
The enforcement of unreasonable immigration laws has never worked and will never work. The only thing that can happen is he becomes even more brutal and inhumane (which I do not think he wants to) and greatly hurts the society and the economy as a result.
Dealing with immigration problems in different ways does not mean that you have to promise a pathway to citizenship to people who are out of status. In fact, if you allow people to come and go freely, a lot of people would go knowing that they can come back any time they want to. By forcing people to leave without giving them the rights to come back, you are forcing people into hiding, which makes law enforcement more difficult and hurts the normal functioning of the society.
Trump may be thinking that he is finally standing up for the American people. But when you stand up, you usually stand up against people who are powerful, not people who do not have the power to fight back.
This is just proof that Trump is indeed like what the Clinton campaign has painted him as.
Trump has vowed to be tough on illegal immigration. But the fact that a presidential candidate vows to do something on immigration does not mean that he or she will do it. Just look at what Obama had promised to the immigration reform advocates during his presidential campaigns and what he actually did as a President. So now, Hillary Clinton can make all the promises she wants, people will still be skeptical: “Latino voters wonder: Which Hillary should we believe?“.
I always have the feeling that Hillary Clinton is a good saleswoman. She would say anything you want to hear just to sell herself to you. (Donald Trump may be about as good a salesman as Hillary is a saleswoman.)
Knowing what Bill Clinton has done on immigration and Hillary Clinton’s characters, I am more worried of a Hillary Clinton presidency on immigration as well as other progressive issues. Not only that she will not keep her promises, but also she may do the opposite of what she has promised because immigration reform advocates and progressives ask for a lot for their votes and offer nothing more than their votes, and because they are powerless and can be ignored without consequences.
Bernie Sanders should have a closer look at what kind of a person Hillary Clinton is before asking his supporters to vote for her. It is somewhat dangerous for progressives to vote for her because they may get revenge from her for having fought her in the primary. Progressives might as well vote independently to avoid being abused by her. When you are beyond her control, you are less likely to be abused by her.
If there was indeed something wrong with how Melania Trump got her Green Card or she was at some point in time not “in full compliance with the immigration laws of this country”, as suggested in recent news reports such as “Gaps in Melania Trump’s immigration story raise questions“, then Donald Trump has to do something about it: divorce his wife for misleading him, change his immigration stance, or drop out of the presidential campaign.
Immigration policies directly affect the lives of millions of people and the well being of the whole country. So immigration policies can not be designed based on inaccurate information. Covering up problems in immigration policies will leave them festering. If Donald Trump is running for president for the good of the country, he needs to find out if his wife ever had any problem with immigration laws.
Dishonesty in presidential candidates will cost the country dearly and so is unacceptable.
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“The Greenland Norse lived on an island that was surrounded by fish … oceans of fish … but they refused to eat fish. Fish was taboo for the Greenland Norse. The winters got colder and colder, killing the crops and livestock in Greenland until the remaining Norse starved … even though fish were packed gill to gill off their shores.
There were other people in Greenland during those cold winters — the Inuit. They had no problem eating fish. They lived while the Norse died.” – from 5 Fixes America Needs Right Now by Sean Brodrick on uncommonwisdomdaily.com.
I think it is important for Americans to realize that things need to be changed.
I am listing this article under “Immigration Reform” because illegal immigration is mostly about unauthorized employments, which is one kind of underground economy. I don’t know why the author did not mention it.
I have been thinking that it is Democrats’ fault that there can be no immigration reform. They did screw it up last time when there was a serious attempt at immigration reform in Congress. And they may still have to make a major concession this time for immigration reform to happen. They need to accept the fact that foreign workers should be allowed to come to the US to work as workers, not as citizens, to begin with. And they may need to stop insisting on giving undocumented workers already in the country a “path to citizenship”, not just legalization or work authorization.
But there is something fundamental that makes Republicans unable to accept immigration reform. They are afraid of an increase in the size of the work force in the US. Although they need foreign workers to come to the US to work, they do not want foreign workers to become permanently part of the US work force and so increase the size of the work force in the US. This is because they think that the US work force is demanding and costs the US government money (thus cost them money).
Basically, the Republicans hate the very people they need to work for them and the very people who they will make money from. They want their labors and money. But they do not want their votes.
The Democrats do not want foreign labors because they view foreign labors as competitions that will bring down their wages. But they do want their votes. And they make it very clear about that to the Republicans. It may be unwise for the Democrats to make it so clear about their intention. But an increase in the size of the US work force is an inevitable result of bringing in foreign workers. And it will help boost the US economy, reduce the deficit, increase the values of the properties in the US, the values of US stocks, and the value of the US dollar. Republicans have to accept the fact that the US work force has to be increased for all of these to happen. It is foolish for the Republicans to hate the very people they need to work for them and the very people who they will make money from.
Republican House Representative Connie Mack said it best the reason why the Arizona immigration law SB1070 should be opposed in the article “Why conservatives should oppose Arizona’s immigration law” on washingtonpost.com.
“This law clearly challenges citizens’ freedoms, and it does so by putting some Americans at risk of losing their freedoms while others stand little or no chance of being affected.”
“During World War II, … this country put Japanese Americans in detention camps. … We did so under the guise that we were at war and in crisis. But it is precisely at such times that we must take extra measures to safeguard our rights, our freedoms and our nation. Instead, America took away the constitutional rights of citizens — a shameful overreach of the government.”
“The Arizona immigration law reminds us of how fear and distrust can lead to bad laws and even more government overreach into the private sector and our private lives.”
“… trampling on the rights of some Americans to protect the majority conflicts with the values our nation was founded upon.”
“Our Constitution protects individual freedoms and liberties. Nowhere does this document speak of protecting the majority over the minority. Anger about the economy, increased crime and security concerns are fueling this law, not constitutional principles.”
“Conservatives’ most important responsibility is to remember to protect freedom, liberty and the rights of every citizen. The Arizona immigration law doesn’t do that, and that’s why I oppose it.” – I hope that those who claim to be conservatives understand this.
“As the wise saying goes, he who sacrifices freedom for security ends up with neither.”