Behold Trump's chief of staff:— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) February 20, 2020
"We are desperate — desperate — for more people," Mulvaney said. "We are running out of people to fuel the economic growth that we’ve had in our nation over the last four years. We need more immigrants."https://t.co/TsqxC4saYN
Do Democrats actually care about “diversity & inclusion?”— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) February 20, 2020
Because I feel like if they did—they would be celebrating the first openly gay Director of National Intelligence in Richard Grenell
But they hate Trump too much to celebrate this historic accomplishment
This is why I am not voting for Donald Trump in 2020.
I simply can’t wrap my mind around the idea of voting for Trump and the GOP on the basis of immigration restriction and changing demographics. The Trump administration lacks credibility on the issue after promising amnesty to DREAMers, dumping E-Verify, increasing guest workers and doing a volte-face and running on INCREASING legal immigration.
“The White House can’t get its broad immigration proposal moving, so officials are pursuing a narrow deal that would please the business community but might go against the president’s campaign promise to reduce overall immigration.
In recent months, the administration has been in talks with senators about legislation that would create new categories of temporary worker visas or lengthen the allotted stays for those workers, among other possible changes, according to four people familiar with the discussions. …
The guest worker negotiations are separate from ongoing, more expansive talks about a 600-page draft bill that would grant permanent status to more high-skilled, well-educated immigrants while reducing the number for those who enter the U.S. based on family ties. Trump unveiled the contours of that proposal in May but has failed to garner support for the offer.
Since then, Trump has decided a narrow deal to bolster various industries like agriculture — which has been coping with a shortage of workers and the fallout from Trump’s trade wars — could be worthwhile even if it risks alienating some in his base, said one of the sources, who has spoken to the White House about the issue. …
The number of immigrants with temporary visas has steadily increased during Trump’s presidency, reaching 925,000 in 2018, according to the Migration Policy Institute. While there is no cap for the total number of temporary workers, there are annual limits on some of the more than dozen visa categories. Changes to the program could include adding new categories of visas, adding new occupations and lengthening the allotted stays. …”
Now, this is Politico and should be taken with a grain of salt, but we are told that Trump wants to pass a massive new guest worker program. What happened to his immigration platform from 2016? What is to stop Trump from throwing any promise he makes now out the window?
This is also immigration which was the keystone of the MAGA agenda. After running as a self-financing populist, he sold out to the donor class. Political correctness has only gotten worse. He has pretty much let the Republican establishment run his foreign policy and has taken us to the brink of war with Iran. The suicide rate is as bad as ever. He has created two new issues out of Antifa violence and social media censorship which are setbacks from before he ran for president. The Overton Window has moved in the sense that homosexuality has been normalized while our most basic rights and liberties are now trampled. He is presiding over a state crackdown on White Nationalism. Finally, he has only DEEPENED neoliberalism with his tax cuts and deregulation and has spent most of his political capital on delivering huge victories for Israel.
In order to vote for Donald Trump, we’re supposed to ignore all that and set aside what we believe about every other issue like health care and student loans because MAYBE in his second term he will deliver policy victories on immigration which he is now in full retreat from. It looks far more likely that a Trump second term will be like George W. Bush’s second term on immigration. I can easily imagine what a Trump second term would look like on foreign policy.
None of this is to say the Democrats are any better. They have only gotten worse. It just seems like nothing has changed. Whenever the GOP is given power in Washington, we are perpetually on the defensive and watching our priorities be neglected. The priority is always tax cuts and Israel and increasing military spending and winning over implausible numbers of based blacks by proving conservatives aren’t racist. It is the same old bait and switch in every election cycle.
Think back to the 2018 midterms. Did Donald Trump and the GOP run on creating a massive new guest worker program for business lobbyists? How about increasing legal immigration? Spending a whole year on fighting anti-Semitism on college campuses? Criminal justice reform? Regime change in Iran, Hong Kong and Venezuela? A state crackdown on White Nationalism?
I honestly believe that anything Trump and the GOP run on about immigration and other issues that I care about can be bought and changed behind the scenes by wealthy donors and business lobbyists. I was a chump to believe he meant what he said about immigration in 2016. I would rather just sit out the election than be duped and used a second time.
Note: I understand why some people will vote for Trump to stop the Democrats. In the best case scenario, we’re bailing water out of a sinking boat though.