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Point, Counterpoint: Does President Trump have the right approach to immigration?

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Tom Tancredo

If one really wants to tackle the problem of immigration, whether legal or illegal, one must first believe that the government of the United States has a right and a duty to secure its own borders. One must believe that it is good policy to know who is coming into the country, for what purpose, and, in the case of visa recipients, one must determine that they return home when their visas expire.

The difficulty we are experiencing in this country today is that the elites in both parties are indifferent to the fate of the “huddled masses.” Today, and for the past 50 years, the Democrats have used immigration to achieve their political goal of transforming America into a country where a majority of its residents make up a permanent underclass dependent on big government and willing to vote for the party that will promise the most generous social services. The Republicans have, for almost as long, been slaves to the siren song of cheap labor. They are not concerned that the cheap labor ends up costing the taxpayers billions to supply the aforementioned social services.

So please understand that all of the other nostalgic rhetoric about being a nation of immigrants and the need to open our hearts and doors to the world in order to salve our collective conscience is pure bunk. Our immigration policy is driven by raw political dynamics, couched in humanitarian rhetoric. I assure you that if immigrants were prone to vote for conservatives instead of liberals, Democrats would, upon gaining control, build a wall 50 feet high with gun turrets and broken glass on the top.

Trump is the first president we have had in decades who is willing to challenge the establishment on its immigration stranglehold. Add that to reasons why those people hate him so much.

Any sane immigration policy is based on the host country’s needs, and those needs include periodic rest periods of low immigration in order to allow the process of assimilation to occur. Immigration without assimilation, whether legal or illegal, is an invitation to cultural suicide. The cult of multiculturalism has so infected our schools, pop culture, media and the entertainment industry that assimilation has become a dirty word.

Perhaps this is the most serious problem we, as a nation with hopes of a peaceful and prosperous future, face in devising a proper immigration policy.

Theodore Roosevelt said it best in 1913 when he opined on the subject. He said, “There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for one flag, the American flag. We have room for but one language, and we intend to see that the crucible turns out our people as Americans, and not as dwellers in a polyglot boarding house.”

That boarding house that Teddy referred to has now manifested itself throughout Europe. They are paying the bloody consequences every day. Anyone really want to hop on that train?

God bless Donald Trump!



Elliot Fladen

Dr. Suha Abushamma was an internal medicine resident, working in this country since July at the Cleveland Clinic under a lawfully obtained work visa. She even had her visa renewed this past month before heading on a trip out of the country. One would think, given this background, that our country would have welcomed her back with open arms. We did not. Instead, we took her visa from her due to President Donald Trump’s recent executive orders. And she is not alone.

Over 100 permanent residents with green cards and visa holders were turned away in the first days after the order. Although Trump originally implied only 109 people were affected, his Department of Justice later conceded about 100,000 visas were revoked before the State Department claimed the number was closer to 60,000. Whether these numbers include green-card holders who have been barred from returning to the country or had their ability to leave affected is unclear. Such people include Iranian national, green-card holder and Google’s 37 weeks pregnant director of project management Ms. Sanaz Ahari, who had hoped to see her parents after the birth of her child. Others affected include former U.S. military collaborator Fuad Sharef, who sold his home and all possessions once he and his family were granted visas after extensive security screening. Mr. Sharef also had his visa revoked.

These restrictions might make sense if they were making us safer. The problem is they aren’t. Refugees already are subject to a 20-step vetting process including interviews with the United Nations, U.S. State Department and Homeland Security. It includes three separate fingerprint screenings. Moreover, as Cato Analyst Alex Nowrahsteh found, the average likelihood of an American being killed on U.S. soil by a terrorist attack in which an immigrant participated is one in 3.6 million each year on average. And almost all the deaths that gave rise to that number came in one single event – 9/11 – over 15 years ago. Without that event, which is fair to exclude as their countries of origin aren’t even included in Trump’s executive order, the odds are even less. In fact, even with 9/11 included, you have a greater chance of being killed by your own clothes than dying from an immigrant in a terrorist attack.

Sadly, Trump’s administration seems to know the facts are not on its side, so it has taken to making things up. Besides first falsely claiming that only about 100 people were affected by their order, just several days ago its spokeswoman took to citing a massacre at Bowling Green University to justify Trump’s immigration orders. The only problem is that there never was any Bowling Green massacre. Trump’s spokeswoman made it up completely just as his administration has grossly exaggerated the danger of refugees.

Many readers of The Gazette, including myself, believe that America is an exceptional country unlike any other. A shining city on a hill, as President Ronald Reagan once called it. To live up to this reputation, Trump’s administration owes us more than making up fake news to justify an immigration order that hurts not only refugees fleeing terror, but also has hurt green-card holders and those with valid visas.

Tom Tancredo represented Colorado’s 6th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He lives in Denver. Elliot Fladen is a litigation attorney. He lives in Lone Tree and can be reached at Elliot@

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