July 2, 2018

Mass Protests and the Continuing Immigration Debate

We're officially on Insta! Did I throw on a blazer at 5 am for all you lovely people? You bet I did!

, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S.-Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump’s immigration policies.” (AP News)

The immigration debate continues, with a renewed focus on family detention centers and the future of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

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The left vehemently opposes the DOJ’s zero tolerance policy that has led to families being separated, and also opposes family detention centers, with some calling for the elimination of ICE altogether.

“If Trump wants to provide a full legal process — or simply doesn’t have the resources to expedite it — it will mean months, or years, in detention for many families.”


“While family detention was common during the Obama administration, there were also programs that released families until their immigration hearings, with ankle bracelets and other incentives for returning to court

also known as ‘catch and release.’) The Trump administration has not included this as a possibility.”


“[The] average cost of detaining an immigrant in immigration detention is more than $200 daily, while the average daily cost of detaining a person in a specialized family detention is more than $300. Alternatives to detention cost only around $5 or $6 per person. And none of the alternatives involve detaining toddlers, taking children away from their mothers, or espousing a policy that runs counter to longstanding American values.”

The Hill

Regarding ICE, “Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be replaced with an agency that reflects America's morality and ‘that works,’ joining the growing chorus of Democrats who have called for the agency to be scrapped.”


Counterpoint: according to one Democratic aide, “the party should focus on ‘the cruelty of the actions around family separations and some of the ridiculous tactics used by ICE to bully state and local governments… the ‘abolish ICE’ debate oversimplifies everything. You rarely get anywhere through policymaking by hashtag.’”

Washington Post

We owe the world a thoughtful and holistic approach to immigration in America — one that acknowledges our part in and helps resolve the root problems that drive people to seek a chance at the American dream. Most of all, we must be conscious of our shared humanity as we move forward and treat immigrants, asylum seekers, and refugees with dignity and compassion.”

The Hill

The right supports increased immigration enforcement and strongly opposes abolishing ICE. They argue that leading Democrats’ views on immigration are out of step with the majority of voters.

The right supports increased immigration enforcement and strongly opposes abolishing ICE. They argue that leading Democrats’ views on immigration are out of step with the majority of voters.

Many point to a recent Harvard-Harris poll on immigration. “If [the] new poll is correct, it appears the Trump administration, after an enormously damaging few weeks, has ended up squarely on the side of the majority of American voters… most Americans are now closer to President Trump than the present-day Democratic Party.”

Washington Examiner

According to the poll, “76% want secure borders, and 70% want stricter enforcement of immigration laws–the opposite of ‘abolish ICE.’ These are overwhelming majorities. I frankly cannot understand why the Democrats want to make unpopular positions on an important issue the centerpiece of the midterm elections. All I can say is, I hope they keep it up.”

Powerline Blog

“The president speaks for more Americans than his critics want to acknowledge when he expresses deep frustration with people who flout immigration laws… Shaming the president and his supporters didn’t work out too well for Hillary Clinton in 2016, yet liberals are doubling down on the tactic and hoping for a different outcome in the fall.”

Wall Street Journal

According to a former special assistant to President George W. Bush, “Most voters welcome people coming here legally, but believe illegal immigration is a serious problem… After clamoring for the President to end his administration's policy, [the Democrats] moved the goalposts as soon as he did. What started as a demand to stop separating families has morphed into a call to stop detaining the families altogether.”


“People are understandably upset by what was taking place at the border. I am very much on the record sharing their outrage. But unlike many others who claim to be advocating on behalf of immigrant children, I have accepted the president’s actions as a suitable course correction. I am now pressing Congress to go the full way by passing comprehensive immigration reform once and for all.”

Fox News

Sen. Tom Cotton

R-AR) tweeted, “Based on the last week, Democrats apparently want to campaign on open borders, mass migration, & abolishing ICE. Give them points for honesty. Let's vote.”


Counterpoint: “after the War of 1812, President Madison… enacted the Tariff of 1816 to price British textiles out of competition, so Americans would build the new factories and capture the booming U.S. market. It worked. Tariffs [also] financed Mr. Lincoln’s War. The Tariff of 1890 bears the name of Ohio Congressman and future President William McKinley, who said that a foreign manufacturer ‘has no right or claim to equality with our own… He pays no taxes. He performs no civil duties’… [A tariff’s] purpose is not just to raise revenue but to make a nation economically independent of others, and to bring its citizens to rely upon each other rather than foreign entities.”
Patrick J. Buchanan, The American Conservative

A libertarian's take

“The scoop reflects poorly on Trump, who willfully misled the public for a decade in hopes of fraudulently representing himself as a man with a Midas touch. But he could not have succeeded without the assistance of many Americans, some mercenary, others over-credulous, who helped to spread the deceit and deception, generating countless newspaper articles, magazine stories, and TV segments that misinformed the public about the publicity hound’s record in business. New evidence of his staggering losses in that decade therefore provides an apt occasion to reflect on the media’s complicity in Trump’s brazen deceit and deception… Let [this] be a lesson for today’s tabloids, gossip columnists, over-credulous or mercenary journalists, and reality-television producers.”
Conor Friedersdorf, The Atlantic

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