“Shithole countries” is accurate. The US deserves quality immigrants — and sick countries must stop using us as their sewer and address their own problems.
“Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?” Did Trump really utter that sentence with reference to places such as El Salvador (parent country of MS-13) and various African nations? Who knows? The report comes from the Washington Post, which is about as reliable as the National Enquirer used to be before it was slammed with a $1.6 million judgment when Carol Burnett sued it for libel.
Still, even while doubting the Washington Post’s journalistic integrity, the White House’s official statement makes it plain that, even if the President didn’t phrase the issue so brutally, he believes that America does not need to copy Europe’s suicidal impulses in bringing in immigrants who will drain the economy, change the culture and, perhaps along the way, conduct the occasional mass slaughter against American citizens:
Certain Washington politicians choose to fight for foreign countries, but President Trump will always fight for the American people. The President will only accept an immigration deal that adequately addresses the visa lottery system and chain migration – two programs that hurt our economy and allow terrorists into our country. Like other nations that have merit-based immigration, President Trump is fighting for permanent solutions that make our country stronger by welcoming those who can contribute to our society, grow our economy and assimilate into our great nation. He will always reject temporary, weak and dangerous stopgap measures that threaten the lives of hardworking Americans, and undercut immigrants who seek a better lie in the United States through a legal pathway.
A few points:
1. The president is correct that we currently have virtually unlimited immigration from truly appalling countries that suffer from high crime rates; significant contagious disease problems; mass illiteracy; a tendency towards pedophilia, and, in the case of those African nations, a healthy dollop of early medieval Islamism, complete with the accompanying pathologies of misogyny, homophobia, antisemitism, anti-Christianity, anti-Hinduism, and anti-anything-Westernism (except, of course, very pro our welfare system). Why in the world would any sane modern country want to allow mass migration from those places via chain immigration and visa lotteries? Europe and England, which long since left sanity far behind, give us a graphic illustration of the end point for insane immigration policies.
Saying this does not mean that a humane nation that believes in infusing itself with immigrants should ban people from some of the world’s worst countries. But shouldn’t we get to pick whether we invite in a hard-working, pro-American family man or woman versus having thrust upon us the MS-13 gang member who’s related to a whole passel of other MS-13 gang members already living here or the Islamic fundamentalist who wins a random lottery and brings in his wake 30 equally fanatic family members?
The reality is that in shithole countries, there are (sadly) a lot of people who are not only of no benefit to America, they cause active harm when they come here. Let’s not forget how illegal immigrants commit crime vastly disproportionate to their numbers and how immigrants from rural and Islamist hellholes, whether legal or illegal, are completely over-represented when it comes to sex crimes against children. (And I’m too lazy too look up a link for either of those claims but, if you make the effort, you will see that I am correct.) And none of the above even touches upon the economic costs they inflict on America. (And again, you can find the links if you wish.) [Read more…]