How to go on the offensive on immigration
As this recent article in USA today shows, Republicans are trying to distance themselves from any charge of being anti-immigrant (or racist)–they know that being anti-immigrant is NOT a winning position. The following article is from Lamar Smith, who helped block immigration reform efforts in the House for over a decade.
I ask these questions of Mr. Smith and of Republicans more broadly:
Who are better positioned to determine who possess the needed skills and education, the Department of Labor or the companies seeking to hire workers? Who owns the jobs a company creates, that company or the US government?
How many guest workers will be allowed to enter the US and work? There are an estimated 7 million job postings, far more than the number of unemployed citizens seeking work. Will the number of guest workers be decided by employers and market forces, or will this be decided by Washington DC? Should immigrant workers who are successful, law abiding and tax paying have any path to earning permanent residency or citizenship?
In your editorial, you link to an extensive interview you did with the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS). Do you know that CIS was founded by known racist and eugenicist John Tanton?
Are you aware that Dr. Tanton said “I’ve come to the point of view that for European-American society and culture to persist requires a European-American majority, and a clear one at that.”?
Do you know that Dr. Tanton asked, “whether the minorities who are going to inherit California (85% of the lower-grade school children are now ‘minorities’ — demography is destiny) can run an advanced society?”
Are you aware that in another letter, Tanton asked, “Do we leave it to individuals to decide that they are the intelligent ones who should have more kids? And more troublesome, what about the less intelligent, who logically should have less? Who is going to break the bad news [to less intelligent individuals], and how will it be implemented?”
More recently, CIS hired Jason Richwine who wrote his PhD thesis on “IQ and Immigration Policy“. In it he argues (among many such claims) that there is “…an average white-Hispanic IQ difference of 0.72 standard deviations, suggesting a Hispanic-American IQ of 89.2.” Do you support views like those of Jason Richwine?
Notably, CIS hired Richwine after learning of the dissertation and its conclusions and despite the fact that the Heritage Foundation decided to part ways with him (in a rather public way). Do you think CIS made a good hire in RIchwine? Do you feel CIS is an organization you are proud to associate your name with?
Republicans will want to make Ilhan Omar the face of immigration for Democrats. Democrats should make Jason Richwine the face of Republican views on immigration. __________________________
The history and current reality of Numbers USA, FAIR and CIS need to see the light of day and Republicans should be asked if they stand with or against them. It puts them in a no win position.
Many Republicans are disgusted by the “Tanton Triumvirate”…Democrats and Swing voters will be even more so.
Final Thought—the pitch to Christians on immigration
Mayor Pete often talks about approaching the “religious left” and that religion is not a Republican monopoly.
Evangelical Christians support immigration and in increasing numbers:
Immigration can be a path to these voters.