Oh, it’s gonna be one of those news cycles…
CNN and the Washington Post report that according to sources briefed on the meeting (but who did not personally hear the statements), President Donald Trump asked a rather, shall we say, colorful question while rejecting a “bipartisan” (read: written by open-border zealots from both parties) immigration deal: “Why do we want all these people from ‘shithole countries’ coming here?”
Hoo boy. From CNN:
The source said Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin was explaining to him a proposal to end the visa lottery in exchange for Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for countries such as El Salvador. Durbin was going through a list of TPS countries that would be covered. When he got to Haiti, Trump asked why the US wants more people from Haiti and African countries […]
The President added that the US should get more people from countries like Norway. Norway Prime Minister Erna Solberg visited the White House Wednesday.
Durbin and Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham were meeting with Trump and GOP lawmakers to discuss a compromise plan from a bipartisan “Gang of Six” senators, but were rebuffed and told to keep working, Durbin said told reporters.
You can imagine how well this has been received on the Left. Mediaite has a compilation of hysterical Twitter reactions from various liberal politicians and commentators. Here are a handful of ’em:
He’s not even trying to hide the racism anymore. https://t.co/4zxG3NA0Cw
— The Democrats (@TheDemocrats) January 11, 2018
I condemn this unforgivable statement and this demeaning of the office of the Presidency. I will always fight for the vulnerable among us and against bigotry in all its forms. https://t.co/uffsZkgnfy
— Elijah E. Cummings (@RepCummings) January 11, 2018
I was on a flight without wifi for 3 hrs. Land and immediately read Trump reportedly opened his pie-hole to insult immigrants…again.
I can’t with this freaking troglodyte. Just can’t.
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) January 11, 2018
But wait a minute: isn’t the whole point of the various amnesties liberals want to continue that we shouldn’t return these people to homelands with abominable living conditions — “shitholes,” if you will? If these are perfectly pleasant places to live, then who could object to returning any illegals to them?
Further, as Conservative Review’s Daniel Horowitz points out on Twitter, the distinction between, for example, El Salvador and Norway has nothing to do with race and everything to do with economics:
Pew: As of 2013, the median family income for immigrant families from Europe was $66,600, Mexico ($31,100), the Caribbean ($31,100), Africa ($34,800), Asia ($46,000) and central/South America ($37,400). https://t.co/xZO1FAghFU
— Daniel Horowitz (@RMConservative) January 11, 2018
Indeed, Horowitz notes that it wasn’t so long ago that Democrats themselves were the ones making precisely these points, from Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan…
[The] immigrants of the Great Wave “were not the wretched refuse of anybody’s shores.” Moynihan described them in stark contrast to many from today’s massive wave, as “extraordinary, enterprising, and self-sufficient folk, who knew exactly what they were doing, and doing it quite on their own, thank you very much.”
…to none other than Senate Minority Leader “Dingy” Harry Reid:
Our immigration policies, regulating all aspects of entry to the United States, have simply ceased to function in the national interest. `Immigration policy’ and `national interest’ are terms that are rarely heard in the context of immigration. We seem to have lost sight of the fact that it is a public policy and, like all public policies, our immigration policies should serve the public interest.
But they do not.
Let us talk about legal immigration.
We now admit the equivalent of a major city each year, without having the vaguest idea of how we will educate all the new children, care for the sick, provide housing, jobs, build infrastructure, or attend to any of the human needs of the newcomers or those already here.
Hell, Trump could deliver an entire immigration speech comprised of nothing but old quotes from Democrats, watch the media freak out, then deliver the punchline.
Oh, and while we’re on the subject, the Center for Immigration Studies’ Mark Krikorian lays out why Trump was exactly right to reject the so-called “bipartisan” deal:
Gang of 6 DACA proposal is a joke: Green cards for all Dreamers, not just DACA; PARENTS!! get work permits; lottery converted into amnesty vehicle for TPS holders; and some crumbs for the border. https://t.co/N2RuaRnRm1
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) January 12, 2018
What do you think the fallout from this will be? Will the no-holds-barred rhetoric match the substance of the final policy, if we get one? Sound off in the comments below!