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Why Trumpís Plan To Suspend Immigration Temporarily Makes Sense
The Federalist ^ | April 21, 2020 | John Daniel Davidson

Posted on 04/21/2020 1:31:10 PM PDT by Kaslin

It’s time to start thinking about what our immigration system might look like in a post-coronavirus world. it won't be what it is now.

President Trump’s announcement late Tuesday night that he would sign an executive order “to temporarily suspend immigration” was met with predictable charges of racism, xenophobia, and scapegoating from mainstream media pundits and Democrats who see it as a cynical attempt to use the coronavirus pandemic as an excuse to enact his hardline immigration agenda.

But in fact an executive order suspending all immigration would just be a formal acknowledgement of the current status quo. The emergency measures the Trump administration has put in place to restrict international travel and close the border have already effectively suspended immigration. Almost no visas are being issued to noncitizens right now, and the exceptions currently in place for health care and agricultural workers would also be part of any executive order suspending immigration, according to administration officials.

So why issue an order in the first place? Without attempting to read the mind of Trump or parse his tweets, I can think of a few good reasons to emphasize or even formalize a suspension of immigration right now. For one thing, the pandemic has exposed the folly of a globalized trade system that relies on far-flung supply chains and Chinese manufacturing. Part of what we need to be thinking about right now is how to bring jobs back to the United States when all this is over—including low-skilled factory jobs that have been shipped overseas for decades now, driving down the wages of American workers.

Democrats, media commentators, and immigration activists will all object that immigration doesn’t affect American workers at all, and that immigrants help strengthen the economy. And to some extent that’s true. But immigration isn’t an unmitigated good. Its benefits are spread unevenly, especially when it comes to illegal or low-skilled immigration.

Scholars like Harvard’s George Borjas have shown how low-skilled immigration hurts low-skilled American workers—those truly at the bottom of the economic ladder, like high-school dropouts. For these Americans, immigration, both legal and illegal, has increased the size of the low-skilled workforce in recent decades by about 25 percent, which in turn has lowered wages for this entire group.

Of course, that’s not a good enough reason to shut down all immigration, and the Trump administration isn’t proposing to do so. One White House official told CNN that the executive order would contain exemptions for farm workers, health care providers, and other occupations deemed essential. Objections that Trump immigration suspension would, say, harm first responders are unfounded, as those workers would almost certainly be considered essential.

And that’s as it should be. A re-vamped immigration system is long overdue—our current system of family-based immigration dates from 1965—and should be configured to serve the interests of Americans above all, which means basing immigration on skills, not family ties. The need for a skills-based immigration system, or what the president has called a “merit-based” system, is something the Trump administration has been remarkably consistent about.

Maybe suspending immigration temporarily won’t change much in the short term, given the emergency measures already in place. But it might help to reset the immigration discussion so that when this is all over we can really grapple with immigration reform and devise a system that serves American interests and is accountable to American voters. There’s going to be a lot of changes to the status quo in a post-coronavirus world, and our broken immigration system is one of them. Time to start getting serious about it.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: coronavirus; covid19; illegalimmigration; immigrationreform; trumpillegals; trumpimmigration
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1 posted on 04/21/2020 1:31:10 PM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

California governor is giving them free money...
No wonder there isn’t 5 million lined up waiting to invade..


2 posted on 04/21/2020 1:33:05 PM PDT by Daniel Ramsey (Thank YOU President Trump, finally we can do what America does best, to be the best)
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To: Kaslin

With all of the LIBERAL Governors having issued “Stay at Home” orders, what part of STAY AT HOME don’t they understand??????


3 posted on 04/21/2020 1:35:04 PM PDT by G Larry (There is no great virtue in bargaining with the Devil)
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To: Kaslin

I can’t go to a restaurant with my family but these people should be able to just waltz on in. Got it.


4 posted on 04/21/2020 1:37:23 PM PDT by pinkandgreenmom
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To: Kaslin

A 10 year holiday from immigration would be temporary.


5 posted on 04/21/2020 1:38:27 PM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Kaslin

Not only does it make sense, he should Double Down and begin roundups and deportations in the thousands per day, you can start here in Los Angeles, Please.


6 posted on 04/21/2020 1:40:23 PM PDT by eyeamok
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To: Daniel Ramsey

The ban or moratorium is on legal immigrants. CA is giving money to illegal aliens.


7 posted on 04/21/2020 1:40:43 PM PDT by kabar
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To: Kaslin

Why Trump’s Plan To Suspend Immigration Temporarily Permanantly Makes Sense

Fixed

8 posted on 04/21/2020 1:42:54 PM PDT by chief lee runamok (expect nothing)
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To: Kaslin

I am sure Trump will open immigration when a vaccine is found, and after jobs are found for the 20 million unemployed Americans.


9 posted on 04/21/2020 1:45:40 PM PDT by The_Media_never_lie ( Stop the fearmongering! Post flu statistics along side COVID-19 statistics!)
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To: Kaslin
Great idea! I may be wrong but it will stop or slow RE-INFECTION from abroad.

AND forces employers to hire Americans who would be displaced by the H1B visa crap. The H-1B is a visa that allows U.S. employers to "temporarily"(they over stay) employ foreign workers in specialty occupations (for less $ than they would have to pay Americans).

10 posted on 04/21/2020 1:46:31 PM PDT by Tuketu (The i(D)iot Platform is splinters bound by crazy glue. TRUMP is the solvent.)
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To: Tuketu

It should last until the whole country is opened up and running.


11 posted on 04/21/2020 1:48:59 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: eyeamok

“Not only does it make sense, he should Double Down and begin roundups and deportations in the thousands per day, you can start here in Los Angeles, Please.”

I totally agree. And President Trump should call it ‘Operation Raise American Wages’ to really stick a fork in their eye.


12 posted on 04/21/2020 1:52:58 PM PDT by wmarshalllives3 (Free people always face censorship)
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Farm workers to be exempt from Trump’s immigration ban
13 posted on 04/21/2020 1:53:09 PM PDT by Theoria (I should never have surrendered. I should have fought until I was the last man alive)
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To: eyeamok

I want to see him actually issue the order, not just talk about planning to issue it

He has promised executive orders in the past without delivering. Birthright citizenship. Declaring Cartels a terrorist group. He said he was going to issue EOs on both those subjects. Never happened

And because the media doesn’t want it to happen, they never ask him why he didn’t follow through

Even he doesn’t issue the immigration EO, the media won’t call him on it. Well just never hear about the subject again


14 posted on 04/21/2020 2:14:42 PM PDT by rintintin (qu)
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To: Kaslin

What?! Who wouldn’t see the wisdom in locking Americans in their homes and restricting them to only essential travel while allowing undocumented foreign “migrants” to enter the country at will?

Beam me up Scotty!!


15 posted on 04/21/2020 2:28:33 PM PDT by ManHunter (You can run, but you'll only die tired... Army snipers: Reach out and touch someone)
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Temporary? Sure, until unemployment is down to where it was earlier this year.

Coverage? ALL WORK VISAS, including H-1B, H-2B, L1, L2, and others. ALSO INCLUDE all work visas for anyone released into the US while awaiting immigration hearings!!!

Rescind all current work visas!!!

16 posted on 04/21/2020 2:34:14 PM PDT by Reno89519 (Buy American, Hire American! End All Worker Visa Programs. Replace Visa Workers w/ American Workers)
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To: wmarshalllives3

I like the ‘Operation Raise American Wages’ name, too.

I hope everybody sees it!


17 posted on 04/21/2020 3:16:38 PM PDT by redinIllinois (Pro-life, accountant, gun-totin' Grandma - multi issue voter)
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To: Rurudyne

What follows is racist and I absolutely don’t care:

Immigration from Europe only! We need to get the white population back up to where it’s an invincible voting block.

Of course, I wish our African-American fellow citizen would wake up to how they’ve been conned for generations by our leftist elite, but that seems like a pipe dream just now.


18 posted on 04/21/2020 3:24:16 PM PDT by Nothingburger
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To: Kaslin

We do need a new immigration system. Let’s do a reset and stop bringing in people from the 3rd world.


19 posted on 04/21/2020 5:04:11 PM PDT by Carry me back (Cut the feds by 90%)
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Suspend it indefinitely until there is a vaccine....then watch vaccines approved within a week!


20 posted on 04/21/2020 5:32:38 PM PDT by Bommer (I am a MAGA-Deplorian! It is the way! It is the only way!)
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