There is much talk today about Donald Trump’s newly released immigration plan and whether the Republican Party has the stomach for such clear and concise thinking on a complex topic. In summary, Trump’s plan is simple and based on three principles which every intellectually honest American knows to be true:
1. A nation without borders is not a nation. There must be a wall across the southern border.
2. A nation without laws is not a nation. Laws passed in accordance with our Constitutional system of government must be enforced.
3. A nation that does not serve its own citizens is not a nation. Any immigration plan must improve jobs, wages and security for all Americans.
All three are valid points and boil this topic down to the basic tenets of the issue. Do we want borders, or do we not want borders? Do we want our laws honored, or shall we ignore them? Does our government work for we the people, or does it work for anyone except we the people?
That clear line of thinking is too much for many in the establishment who have a variety of reasons for wanting an open border and cheap labor to exploit.
When politicians talk about immigration, they use terms like “comprehensive,” “work permits,” “business community”, and the most loathsome of all, “jobs Americans won’t do.” What they don’t ever talk about is whether the policy they’re pushing is good for the citizens of the United States, or whether it benefits the rest of the world at the expense of tax-paying citizens. Rest assured, few immigration stances can accomplish both. Let more people in, you drive down the wages. Let fewer people, the line gets bigger and foreigners must waited longer to enter.
According to Senator Jeff Sessions, one of the tiny handful of Republicans who put Americans first on immigration, Trump’s concise plan fits the bill:
“This is exactly the plan America needs,” said Sessions. “Not only would the plan outlined in this paper work, but more quickly than many realize. Most importantly, this plan reestablishes the principle that American’s immigration laws should serve the interests of its own citizens. For too long, ‘immigration reform’ plans in Washington have served the special interests at the expense of working Americans.”
Sessions goes on to say that Trump’s plan puts “working Americans foremost” and puts an emphasis on lifting “struggling minority communities, including our immigrant communities, out of poverty.”
“When the labor market is oversupplied, it tilts the balance of power away form workers and towards employers,” Sessions continued. “In combination with a smart, fair trade policy this proposal would reinvigorate the middle class. Polling shows this plan will appeal broadly to all segments of the electorate: prioritizing the just demands of loyal, everyday Americans who have been shunned by a governing elite.”
Sessions is correct, basic math proves his point. There are Republicans, and many who call themselves conservative, screaming about this issue but want little more than what amounts to amnesty coupled with the status quo. Then there are those who talk a good game but when you get to the details, they do little to actually fix the problem or force government back into the role of putting American citizens first.
Trump’s position on immigration is concisely written and easy to comprehend which stands in contrast to nearly everything that comes out of Washington, DC. Legislation, especially that which deals with immigration reform, is written in such a way that it is impossible to understand what the expected results are or who will benefit from the changes. We have reached a dividing time in the the country where Donald Trump is requiring people to take a side on the issue by keeping it simple.
Are we a nation with a border and laws, or are we merely an unincorporated area into which nomads travel in and out of for work while our own citizens pick up the tab?