Whereas I’m not surprised to see a Kiwiblog post on Donald Trump that basically parrots lines from the US political classes’ strategy manual, I was surprised to read a comment from Mr Farrar that attempted to link Trump to Hitler. He says
“A mass deportation of 11 million people, some of whom were citizens, would bring back memories of Europe in the 1930s.”
This is not only a disgraceful smear, its a complete misrepresentation of the situation in the US. How can anyone seriously link measures to combat invasion by illegal immigrants with Hitler’s deportation of German born Jews?
What is the basis of this comment? Does Mr. Farrar really means such a slur, or is it rather a panic reaction to the idea that Trump’s political ascendancy might smash the grip of the political class?
Charles Krauthammer is a FOX news commentator. His experience and legal knowledge pales into insignificance when compared to that of lawyer Mark Levin, who was a Reagan advisor, and has written a string of best sellers on Conservative political thought. Levin states that the 14th Amendment does not give citizenship to children of illegal immigrants who are born in the United States. This view is echoed by many other experts. Mark Levin says –
“those claiming that the 14th Amendment allows birthright citizenship are dead wrong, pointing to Article 1 Section 8 of the Constitution, which grants absolute power to Congress to establish a uniform rule of naturalization.
Levin explained that means that Congress – not the president, the courts or U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement – has the power to regulate immigration in this regard.
“Of course Trump is right and Cruz is right and Sessions is right. They’re all right,” Levin said.
“If you want a policy of open borders, that anybody born here should become a United States citizen, you amend the Constitution. We don’t have to amend the Constitution. It says what we say it says,” Levin stated. “By statute, going forward, prospectively, Congress can in fact say … ‘No, you cannot make children of illegal aliens American citizens automatically.'”
So there is no “abolition of the right to citizenship”. There is no similarity to Hitler’s forced deportations and death camps. There is no need for Congress to approve any change. So that demolishes the 14th amendment argument.
Now there is cost. Pro-invasion sources are making claims that the forced repatriation of illegal immigrants would cost $500 billion. There is no real evidence to support this claim and it is plainly just a political argument. Most illegal immigrants would just walk back over the border under their own steam if it was made clear there was no “path to citizenship” in the offing.
Moreover there are massive costs to the US taxpayers accrued from illegal immigration, including border policing, deportation, law enforcement and the criminal activities of those who have arrived without any vetting. There is also the fact that much of what working illegal immigrants earn is repatriated to Mexico.
There is no real analysis of the cost of repatriation against the cost of continued illegal immigration. I don’t know what the maths would show either, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see it a break even.
Then there is Mr. Farrar’s claim that Trump is helping Hillary. This claim flies in the face of such self evident truths as –
- Trump is leading against Hillary in the polls.
- Hillary has a good chance of going to prison for breaches of national security.
As for Marco Rubio, he’s never going to get the nomination. He ran on a Tea Party ticket for the Senate and then betrayed the Tea Party. He’s a loser who will never make it, and polling puts him out of contention anyway.
Mr Farrar’s post is the most disgraceful RINO misinformation, and one expects better of bloggers. We read blogs because we seek out truth. We don’t read blogs to be fed MSM / RINO political class bullshit.