Immigration & Assimilation
The White House has released a fact sheet on President Trump's new immigration reform plan. You can read it here.
But there is one aspect of his proposal that isn't getting the coverage it deserves. President Trump wants our immigration policies to do a much better job of assimilating immigrants, of "Americanizing" new citizens. Here's some of what the president said yesterday:
"Throughout our history, we have proudly welcomed newcomers to our shores. Out of many people, from many places, we have forged one people and one nation under God, and we're very proud of it. We share the same home, we share the same destiny, and we pledge allegiance to the same, great American flag. . .
"To promote integration, assimilation, and national unity, future immigrants will be required to learn English and to pass a civics exam prior to admission. Through these steps, we will deliver an immigration system that respects, and even strengthens, our culture, our traditions, and our values. . .
"American citizenship is the most precious gift our nation has to offer. When we swear in new citizens, we do more than give them a permit; we give them a history, a heritage, a home, and a future of limitless possibilities and potential.
"Our nation used to pride ourselves on this capacity: our unique ability to instill the spirit of America into any human heart, into any human being. . . It's time to restore our national unity and reaffirm our national purpose. It is time to rebuild our country for all Americans."
I couldn't agree more! We should be proud of our country and proud of our values.
Being an American means something. It should mean something to the people who want to come here. And as I have long argued, we should know a lot more about the people coming here. We should not be importing more hatred and anti-Semitism into the country.
Requiring immigrants to learn English, learn our history, understand our system of government and share our values is not unreasonable. It's just common sense.
The president put a serious proposal on the table, which polls very well with the American people. But I had not gotten back to my car after leaving the White House yesterday before progressives on Capitol Hill had declared the plan dead on arrival.
Speaker Nancy Pelosi condemned the president's immigration plan, declaring, "To say that this plan's application criteria are 'merit-based' is the height of condescension." Maxine Waters denounced the president's plan, saying that parts of it were "very racist." (See next item.)
Here's what Rep. Ilhan Omar said yesterday:
"We need to abolish ICE, and end all inhumane deportation and detention programs. We need to fight back against the criminalization of immigrants and those crossing the border."
Unfortunately, the debate over immigration isn't what it used to be -- what is best for America and American workers. This is a now struggle between two completely different worldviews.
It's a battle between those who believe in sovereignty and controlled borders versus those who believe in open borders, between those who believe in American exceptionalism versus those who think America should be more like the rest of the world.
Crisis On Our Streets
There is a crisis on the border and there's a crisis on our streets. The left is ignoring both.
The vicious gang MS-13 has claimed yet another victim right here in the Washington, D.C., suburbs. A 14 year-old girl was brutally murdered by other teenagers. The victim was hacked with a machete and beaten with a baseball bat.
As is often the case, the young victim was Hispanic. MS-13, a Latin American gang, preys on other Hispanics because the gang concentrates in other parts of the country where there are large populations of immigrants.
It is beyond absurd to suggest that securing the border and shutting down illegal alien gangs is racism. Perhaps Maxine Waters should visit the families of Jamiel Shaw, Jr., or Ronil Singh to get the perspective of other minorities who have been devastated by open borders and illegal immigration.
I am pleased to report that Attorney General William Barr is pushing hard and demanding answers from the deep state. In an interview with Fox News, Barr said the following:
"I've been trying to get answers to the questions, and I've found that a lot of the answers have been inadequate and some of the explanations I've gotten don't hang together, in a sense I have more questions today than when I first started. . .
"People have to find out what the government was doing during that period. If we're worried about foreign influence, for the very same reason we should be worried about whether government officials abuse their power and put their thumb on the scale."
Barr's comments come as former deep state officials have started pointing fingers and redirecting blame. That's a good sign that Barr is starting to smoke the rats out!
Three more Democrats have jumped into the 2020 presidential race since our last update -- Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Polling continues to show that the primary remains a Biden/Sanders contest. The latest poll finds Biden and Sanders are the only candidates earning double-digit support.
Immigration & Assimilation