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OpinionTrump wants to make immigration white again

18:36  13 august  2019
18:36  13 august  2019 Source:   theweek.com

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) spoke at the United States Conference of Mayors on Friday, where she blasted President Donald Trump ‘s approach to immigration policy by saying he wants to “ make America white again .” The House Minority Leader addressed the recent disputes

Trump doesn’t much seem to like non- white newcomers from anywhere, in truth—remember how he once expressed a fond wish for more immigrants from Norway?—but he displays an especially But Trump has to paint a dystopian panorama in order to justify the need to Make America Great Again .

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On Monday, Emma Lazarus wept.

Lazarus, of course, was the poet who celebrated that the United States welcomes the tired, the poor, the huddled masses of other lands. But on Monday, the Trump administration unveiled a new immigration policy that upends that tradition. The poor are no longer welcome. Instead, the immigrants with the best chances at getting past the gatekeepers and settling in America going forward will be rich, credentialed, and white.

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Yes, Trump is trying to Make America White Again . You’re probably not surprised. The broad amnesty that the White House offers to 1.8 million people brought here illegally when Much more important in the long run is the fundamental shift Trump wants to make in the nation’s system of legal immigration .

As CNN reports, Trump allegedly made the remark during a closed-door meeting about immigration before adding that he’d like to see “more people After alleging that Trump ’s proposed immigration framework is a direct attempt to “ make America white again ,” former Speaker of the House Pelosi

Under the new policy, federal authorities will use "aggressive" wealth tests to reject residency or citizenship for an immigrant "because he or she is likely at any time to become a public charge" — receiving food stamps or other taxpayer-funded welfare state benefits. And officials can make that determination by considering the migrant's "age; health; family status; assets, resources, and financial status; and education and skills."

In other words, the best way to avoid deportation under this new policy is to not be poor. This is a betrayal of America's historic promise: The immigrants who arrived at Ellis Island a century ago did not, for the most part, come here on private yachts or in first-class berths. They came here to build new lives for themselves, and in the process, helped build their new country.

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President Trump 's immigration proposal reveals what he has been after all along: an end to family-based immigration and the "lottery visa," which would mean fewer Latino, African and Muslim newcomers. And perhaps more Norwegians, if any want to come. Yes, Trump is trying to Make

Pelosi said the Republican immigration plan is to " make America white again ." "While I'm on the subject of DREAMers, since last night the president put Trump talks trade deals, the dollar, DACA and immigration , growth and more. Read the full transcript of the interview below, via CNBC: JOE

In practice, the new rule almost certainly means that more European migrants will go to the front of the line, and people of color will go to the back. According to the Pew Research Center, Mexicans comprise the largest group of migrants to the United States, but they are the group that most often arrives without a high school education. Migrants from Europe are the least likely to do so. And the Social Security Administration has found that first-generation immigrants from Europe and Japan "have initial earnings approaching or exceeding" other groups, including their U.S.-born counterparts. That's the kind of information immigration officials will use to determine who is economically viable — and thus ostensibly worthy of residency in the United States — and who is not.

It seems unlikely that the racial component of this is an accident. Trump, after all, once famously lamented the influx of migrants from "s**thole countries" and pined for more arrivals from Norway. It was not difficult to understand what he meant. Rule-making on explicitly racial grounds would be vulnerable to a legal challenge, however. Which makes wealth a useful — if dubious — proxy.

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If Democrats want relief for young unauthorized immigrants , they would have to WASHINGTON — President Trump proposed legislation on Thursday that would provide a path to citizenship for as many as Republican and Democratic senators are working on a narrower immigration plan of their own.

Trump also wants to eliminate the diversity visa program, which allocates 50,000 visas each year to countries that otherwise send few immigrants to the United States. Applicants are selected by lottery but then are carefully vetted. White House claims that individuals are admitted "at random" in a

Administration officials tried to make the new rule sound reasonable. "The benefit to taxpayers is a long-term benefit of seeking to ensure that our immigration system is bringing people to join us as American citizens, as legal permanent residents first, who can stand on their own two feet, who will not be reliant on the welfare system, especially in the age of the modern welfare state which is so expansive and expensive," said Ken Cuccinelli, the acting director of United States Citizenship and Immigration Services.

That rationale is true, though only if you judge the benefits and costs of immigration by the accomplishments of first-generation immigrants. Over time, immigrants and their families make America better. Immigrants are more likely than native-born Americans to be entrepreneurs. Their sons and daughters earn as much as other U.S. adults, are just as likely to be homeowners, and are more likely to be college graduates. Immigration is a multigenerational process, and — with some exceptions for violent felons — we should judge it as such. Hispanic immigrants, as a group, make giant economic strides in their second generation. A few months of food stamp use is a blip compared to lifetimes of accomplishments and contributions to the country. It's an investment in the future of America, really.

Trump's new policy is an indirect method of returning America to the days of its pre-1965 immigration law, when a quota system encouraged European migration and discouraged others. Back then, it wasn't wealth that was used to sort the "good" immigrants from the "bad" ones, it was literacy tests. The method is different, but the effect will probably be the same. Trump is doing everything he can to make immigration white again.

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