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Shakespeare to Anti-Trumpsters: ‘Thou Dost Protest Too Much’

February 6, 2017 at 6:47 am 7 Commentary
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President Donald J. Trump has a strategy so brilliant that it’s tied his many naysayers up in knots. By signing within mere days a series of executive actions that will restore order to an out-of-control immigration system, Trump dizzied his most outspoken opponents.

About a week ago, Trump ordered construction to begin on his long-promised Southwest border wall. Trump’s executive order sparked outrage in the pro-immigration lobby. But just days later, anger over the wall has been dwarfed by Trump’s other executive actions, including his promise to defund sanctuary cities that refuse to comply with federal immigration laws, and his temporary restrictions on travel to the U.S. from seven nations with ties to terrorism. 

Trump’s proposal to implement a 90-day pause in refugee admissions and a 120-day pause in refugee resettlement has sparked cries of outrage, nationwide demonstrations and unfounded claims that briefly delaying resettlement is unconstitutional and anti-American. Senator Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi provided the requisite theatrics.

Here are a few facts about resettlement that the reactionaries may not know. Refugees are selected for admission based on decisions made by the United Nations, the State Department and implemented by nine major federal contractors. Resettlement is a multi-billion dollar industry. Each refugee means money to the contractors. 

David Robinson, a former acting director of the State Department’s refugee bureau, stated that taxpayer money provides about 90 percent of contractors’ collective budget, and added that the lobbying arm wields enormous influence over refugee admissions policy. To the deep-pocketed contractors, every refugee crisis has the same solution: admit more refugees regardless of local communities’ ability to absorb them. Yet taxpayers have no say in how many refugees are admitted or where they’ll ultimately be settled.

To help put Trump’s refugee moratorium in perspective, begin with reality. The goal, as written, is “to protect the United States and its citizens from foreign nationals who intend to commit terrorist attacks in the United States,” hardly anti-American. ISIS has declared that it will infiltrate its fighters into the refugee stream, a claim that FBI Director James Comey and other security experts confirmed. No one wants the U.S. to become like Angela Merkel’s Germany where this week 1,100 counter-terrorist police carried out 54 raids and arrested more than a dozen suspected jihadists.

Despite insistence from the pro-refugee camp, Trump’s executive order is on firm legal ground. The president has the authority, pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act, Section 212 (f), to suspend the entry of any class of aliens, immigrants or non-immigrants for as long as he deems necessary. Syria, who Trump indefinitely suspended, has been on the State Sponsors of Terrorism list since 1979.

As for the visa holders that Trump’s executive order may have inconvenienced, the State Department notes in response to frequently asked questions posted to its website that a visa allows a foreign national to travel to a port-of-entry, but does not guarantee his admission to the U.S. On denying admission, Trump is also within his statutory authority.

Individual anti-Trump protestors, among them professional agitators, are beyond reasoning with. But Democratic leadership shouldn’t be. Crying over each and every Trump statement or appointment isn’t going to win over middle-of-the-road Americans, the voters Democrats need in the 2018 and 2020 elections. Right now, when Democratic congressional leaders appear on television, moderates change the channel. Someone should tell Schumer.

 Joe Guzzardi is a Senior Writing Fellow with Californians for Population Stabilization.

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  1. inluminatuo February 6, 2017 at 8:24 am

    Schumer Shylock the Shakespearian Merchant of Venom;
    “If you poison us do we not die? And if you wrong us shall we not revenge? If we are like you in the rest, we will resemble you in that. If a Jew wrong a Christian, what is his humility? REVENGE. If a Christian wrong a Jew, what should his sufferance be by Christian example? Why, revenge. The villainy you teach me I will execute, and it shall go hard but I will better the instruction.”
    Enter the Democrat Senate filled with revenge seeking Shylocks who are so better educated in the art of revenge over forgiveness, finding it so hard to deal with a REAL executive of productive results who in his decision making process knows better than to ask them for permission first, but perhaps forgiveness later, which he knows will NEVER be forthcoming. No, Not the first choice or best way to lead, but the only way to lead when surrounded by establishment money changers.

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  2. inluminatuo February 6, 2017 at 9:47 am

    When the Democrat party lead “Sanctuary City” political leaders act and speak just like Iranian Mullah’s,you defund the SANCTUARY cities with economic SANCTIONS, just like we did to humble the Iranian Mullahs who would subvert America with physical terrorist acts against WE THE PEOPLE, which is a reflection of the Democrat Party of marching riots, anarchy, rebellion and resistance to sane solutions of American safety issues. These are not peaceful demonstrations of a Martin Luther King who received the macings, shots to the head, and violence of a misguided government. These street thugs and Socialist storm troopers are the ones doing and giving out the macings, burnings, rioting’s that WE THE PEOPLE pay government to protect us from.
    This is not your father’s AMERICAN Democrat party due respect. Their interests are in SELF, and intentions are to CHANGE everything that worked for America into everything that works AGAINST America. They will not stop or be content until all the CREATOR inspired CREATIVE American treasure is redistributed to the entire world CONSUMING poor, failed nations of this planet. Equal distribution of the poverty, mayhem and failure is all they have to offer and in their own SELF-hate, would have WE THE PEOPLE turn upon and hate each other as well.

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  3. zeitgeist February 6, 2017 at 12:34 pm

    Follow the money.

    “…implemented by nine major federal contractors. Resettlement is a multi-billion dollar industry. Each refugee means money to the contractors.”

    “Yet taxpayers have no say in how many refugees are admitted or where they’ll ultimately be settled.”

    I believe this operation qualifies for a transparency test.

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    • Roger February 6, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      And I’ll bet that these NINE were not chosen because they’re the “Low Bidders” either, eh ?

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      ltuser February 6, 2017 at 4:09 pm

      More likely the Highest bidder who was offering the biggest kick backs!

      And i agree with the comment “WE NEED transparancy on this”.. W NEED to see whom in congress/the white house was receiving WHAT donations from WHICH of these companies…

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  4. oleteabag February 6, 2017 at 10:36 pm

    Seems to me this entire self-interested “refugee” industry needs to be THOROUGHLY examined, and if–as seems likely–it is as SEVERE a threat to the security of the United States and its people as it appears to be–it needs to be SHUT DOWN.

    Contractors who profit by how many immigrants and “refugees” they can cram into the United States should NOT be dictating our immigration policy, nor should THEY be the ones deciding who does and does NOT gain entry!

    They are shipping these POTENTIAL TERRORISTS to small towns throughout “flyover country” in an attempt to HIDE just how MANY of these ticking time bombs they are bringing into our country in order to enrich themselves, without CARING what HAVOC that wreaks on the small communities who must bear the expense of absorbing and resettling them. If that does not qualify as “treason”, it certainly SHOULD!

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    • ltuser
      ltuser February 7, 2017 at 12:32 am

      IMO since those companies (and ‘charities’ ) are making MONEY off of bringing in these ‘refugees, WE the people should SUE EACH AND EVERYONE of them every time a refugee is seen to commit a crime that kills or seriously injures a US Citizen for being ACCESSORIES to the crime…

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