Below is a short list, from the most widely accepted metric–from The UN Human Development Index–for how well a given country is doing in the world:
- Norway ranks #1.
- El Salvador ranks #117.
- Haiti ranks #163
Except for Afghanistan and Yemen, each of the 25 countries ranked below Haiti was in Africa.
“Why shouldn’t we want immigrants from countries with healthy functioning societies that are doing well, people who have grown up enmeshed in strong institutions—rather than some of the world’s most impoverished and dysfunctional places?” asks Jeremy Carl in NRO.
Do we need President Trump to crudely denigrate other nations? Of course not. But as Mr. Carl explains, there is justified anger when Americans are told that “the average El Salvadoran immigrant may be three times as more likely as the average Norwegian immigrant or four times or more likely than the average Indian immigrant to be on welfare, supported by the U.S. taxpayer.”
We’re outraged like Donald Trump was when he saw the truly offensive deal conjured up by the Senators Graham, Flake and Gardner in conjunction with Democratic leaders that would give mass amnesty (far beyond DACA) in exchange for a pitiful charade of border security. He’s outraged that these Senators would betray GOP voters and interests when, even in his weaker moments, he’s always declared (as he tweeted last night) that building a wall, moving to merit-based immigration and ending the visa lottery and chain migration are mandatory components for the amnesty deal for DACA. The scandal here isn’t Trump’s predictably profane tongue—it’s that Senators Graham, Flake and Gardner would dare to show him this s***hole of an amnesty deal, in blatant defiance of the core issue positions that led the GOP to 100 year-high legislative majorities, and expect him to bless it.
Furthermore, it’s a scandal that the GOP has yet to launch entirely justified impeachment proceedings against the San Francisco activist judge whose outrageous and blatantly illegal ruling is currently stopping the President from ending the DACA amnesty. Conservatives can complain with justification all they want, but if our elected officials are too weak to do anything about it, our complaints doesn’t matter. Are conservatives supposed to smile sweetly while America’s sovereignty is sacrificed on the whims of a single judge in San Francisco? While it’s certainly true that the president can break the law, so can judges, and despite one outrageous ruling after another from liberal judges their attempts to stop the President from using his rightful Constitutional authority on immigration, there has been absolutely no move to rein them in either through impeachment or through or by using Congress’ Article III Constitutional Powers to strip the courts of jurisdiction in these areas.
Finally, it’s a scandal that the Democrats are so dead-set on bringing in millions of more government-dependent voters through amnesty that they’ve completely abandoned even the pretense of caring about border security and rule of law that they used to feign even a decade ago. And it’s a scandal that they suggest that it’s racist to notice, as the President does and his pseudo-sophisticated media critics do not, that on average, immigrants from different parts of the world have dramatically different success rates in America.
In his usual blunt way, Trump cut to the core of the debate. As he’s said time and time again, the correct gauge of our immigration policy is what is best for actual American citizens—we’re running the greatest nation in the world, not the greenroom for Oprah’s next sob-story special. That means if the Democrats actually really care about their beloved DACA amnesty they can get a deal done in exchange for a wall, a merit-based immigration system, and ending chain and lottery migration. Those are the promises the President was elected on– and GOP voters should accept nothing less.
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