I am going out on a limb saying this in the company of many of my colleagues who are, like me, frequently critical of the president, but if you look at it objectively and ignore the braying socialists, you’ll see it’s true.
President Trump is and has remained consistent in his approach to illegal immigration and immigration policy in general. Not only is Trump consistent, but he’s correct, and regardless of his noted and abhorrent racist followers, his policy itself is not racist.
Let’s go back to the beginning.
Two hundred forty-three words into Donald J. Trump’s campaign announcement on June 16, 2015, he said this:
It’s true, and these are the best and the finest. When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re not sending you. They’re not sending you. They’re sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people.CBS News, Trump Announcement Transcript, June 16, 2015
This was immediately considered to be a racist statement on its face by the press and by many serious political types. He continued:
But I speak to border guards and they tell us what we’re getting. And it only makes common sense. It only makes common sense. They’re sending us not the right people.
It’s coming from more than Mexico. It’s coming from all over South and Latin America, and it’s coming probably — probably — from the Middle East. But we don’t know. Because we have no protection and we have no competence, we don’t know what’s happening. And it’s got to stop and it’s got to stop fast.
Of course it was an exaggeration, like most things said on the campaign trail by any candidate, and most things said by Trump in any forum. The vast majority of immigrants are law-abiding. The majority of illegal immigrants is also law-abiding, aside from the fact that they’re here illegally.
Studies have shown that the second generation is much more likely to engage in serious crime than first generation immigrants. But Trump didn’t condemn all immigration. He said “they’re sending us not the right people (sic).”
Who are the “right people?” If you believe, as many do, that Donald Trump is a blood and soil racist to the core, then the answer is obvious. Anyone with the right skin color, the right blood line, is welcome. And those without it, are undesirables. But Trump didn’t say that and he didn’t mean that (again, disregarding the ravings of racist idiots who see “white supremacy” in their soup noodles).
But Trump has been consistent in his approach to illegal immigration, despite his own company’s documented use of illegal aliens to build Trump Tower, and his signature Bedminster National golf resort. In fact, his extensive use of illegals is strong evidence that his immigration stance is not race-based.
The Washington Post’s Pulitzer-winning David Fahrenthold helped document an entire Costa Rican village built with Trump money.
“For me, moving to the U.S. wasn’t a very drastic change,” said Mauricio Garro, 36, who worked in maintenance at the golf course for five years until he returned to Santa Teresa in 2010. “My whole town practically lived there.” Washington Post, February 8, 2019
Though it would appear to be a hypocritical stance, to advocate for a wall to keep out people like Garro while simultaneously hiring him, his wife, and many of their compatriots, it’s not at all inconsistent.
Men like Juan Carlos Zuñiga could operate earth-moving equipment for $10 an hour or less, while the union rate in New Jersey for this kind of work is $51 to $55 an hour. If the government is doing little to nothing to stop Zuñiga and Garro from getting here, and isn’t mandating an indisputable way to check employment status, why shouldn’t Trump and others use them?
Trump’s position on immigration is correct in its application of government versus commercial lanes. It’s not business’s job to police immigration and use only highly-paid union workers. (Go back to the original New Deal and its strict wage controls–that was fascism in practice.) It’s government’s job, not corporate America’s, to set and enforce immigration laws.
If E-Verify was required to be used by all businesses, which Trump has proposed, his own company would not have been able to hire nearly as many undocumented workers. The Post noted:
Of 12 Trump golf courses in the United States, three of them — in North Carolina, Southern California and Doral, Fla. — are enrolled in the E-Verify system, according to a federal database. Eric Trump said that “a few” other clubs, including a Trump course in the Bronx, use a private vendor to screen new applicants.
As a private business owner, Trump certainly knew he was using illegal immigrants and paying them less than documented workers. But none of his statements has ever argued that illegal aliens, or foreigners in general, are worse workers than Americans.
His point has always been economic in nature. If workers go back to Costa Rica and take their money with them, how does that benefit America? The Post spent months of reporter time and over 4,000 words telling us the story of hard working people who were not criminals, didn’t join gangs or engage in the drug trade. They didn’t ask (or maybe they did and simply didn’t write about it) how these workers benefitted from public services, social services, and handouts in the U.S. They didn’t explore the public cost.
The “right people” come in and get jobs. The “right people” are the ones not bringing in drugs, gangs, and terrorism. And you know, it doesn’t matter if less than percent of the illegals is one of the bad types (not “the right people”). America’s government has the obligation keep them out. In fact, failing to do so is guaranteeing that crime, drugs, and lawlessness will increase.
A 2001 study (pre-Trump) by the Center for Immigration Studies concluded thusly:
That most immigrants live within the law is neither disputable nor enlightening. Most native-born Americans aren’t criminals either. But though we cannot deport or keep out citizens, we can apply the principle of exclusion to immigrants. It is a matter of public safety that immigrants with a history of felony arrests and convictions in their native countries are kept out of the U.S., and those who commit crimes here are removed and kept outside our borders. It is a triumph of hope over experience to imagine that a career criminal will exhibit a capacity for self-reform if coaxed to try harder. The criminal does not view human relations through the same prism that non-criminals do. The gangster who runs credit-card and cigarette tax scams, the mob enforcer, the wife beater who invokes “tradition” and uses his spouse’s immigrant status to keep her in line for them, crime is a vehicle to exalt an inflated sense of infallibility. They are predators, and most people instinctively avoid challenging them because they do not want to be prey. Predators do not change without intensive therapy, and even then the odds are against it.84 The United States can ill afford to serve as the world’s crime control and rehabilitation center. It is a message we ought to be sending other nations, as we keep doors open to the law-abiding only.“An Examination of U.S. Immigration Policy and Serious Crime,” Center for Immigration Studies, May 1, 2001 (emphasis mine)
Trump’s view on illegal immigration is exactly in line with this. Trump said as much in his announcement speech in 2015.
The U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.
Liberals oppose the wall because Trump wants it, not because America truly shouldn’t have a secure southern border. Many proponents of centralized state planning and open borders also believe that America should in fact be the “world’s crime control and rehabilitation center,” and that we should be “a dumping ground for everybody else’s problems.”
The AOC generation believes America should have no immigration limits, and should accept anyone who arrives here. They also believe businesses should then hire the highest paid union workers, pay the highest taxes and give the biggest benefits to those who cannot–or refuse to–work. Opposition to Trump’s immigration plan is simply the Green New Deal without the Green.
The rest of the world has learned–many the hard way–the truth of what Trump said in 2015. Ask Sweden; ask France; ask Denmark. When you take everyone, you don’t just get “the right people.”