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Trump's statements and actions on immigration have the majority support of this country. This was in a recently released poll. So the Democrats are losing this battle and looking ridiculous. They proposed pretty much ending borders as we know it...only the most crazy of lefties want that.
November's gonna be ugly for the DNC. Weird that they just refuse to see it.
I don't entirely agree with the Z-man. For example:
The endless repetition of the nonsense phrase “nation of immigrants” has turned a temporary necessity a century ago into an essential element of the nation’s founding mythology.
I would argue that immigration is a necessity again given our paltry birthrate. Of course much of the civilized world is in this same situation. This is why Russia and Japan, especially, are in, or will be in, such trouble - their populations are aging and there are not enough children to replace them.
This doesn't argue for the immigration system (or lack of) that the left wants, but rather it is an argument for a streamlined system where immigrants who can add value should be fast tracked. Uncontrolled immigration is always a bad idea.
It's maddening to hear people say how good we are at integrating immigrants. Well, it used to be that they studied what the US was all about. The US is primarily a country defined on ideas rather than geography or even culture so it's imperative to teach new potential citizens what those ideas are and doing that is the best, quickest way to integrate them. Letting just anybody in subverts that and often leads to balkanization. The lefties know this and that's why they want it.
We have 330 million citizens and perhaps 20 million immigrants. The U.S. would be 100% better with 100 million total citizens. More room to roam, more jobs, the parks wouldn't be as crowded, houses could be further apart and backyards bigger. The list of benefits to a smaller population is huge. I can't think of a single benefit from immigration to counter that list except more rapes, drugs and murders.
If you want to see the result of a country that has too many people go to Haiti. That is the end result of too many people.
When cultures are relatively the same it seems that immigrants can easily blend in and add to the country. It is cultures that are radically different, such as Somali culture where you can be assured that multiculturalism will be a fact of life as they will never blend into the main culture and will subvert the political and economic system.