Immigration Headlines, by Kevin Lynn

A thoughtful take on immigration, with neither blanket condemnation nor praise for President Trump. From Kevin Lynn on a guestpost at

I don’t believe it is too big a stretch to say that news, leaks, tweets, and facebook posts on the topic of immigration are rushing at us faster than water through the Oroville Dam spillway. For someone, like myself who enjoys putting pen to ink on the topic, I have been stymied by the choices that jump from the headlines each week and then trying to choose a specific topic to write about. So, this week my content will derive from a few headlines that really caught my attention.

It may come as no surprise that the headline I’m leading off with is President Trump’s address to the joint session of congress on February 28th.

In his speech, Trump stated:

“ . . . By finally enforcing our immigration laws, we will raise wages, help the unemployed, save billions and billions of dollars, and make our communities safer for everyone. “

Does the President have a basis of fact upon which to draw the above conclusions?

“We want all Americans to succeed, but that can’t happen in an environment of lawless chaos. We must restore integrity and the rule of law at our borders. . .”

Is he just espousing unfounded nativist, reactionist, racist hyperbole?

“To any in Congress who do not believe we should enforce our laws, I would ask you this one question: What would you say to the American family that loses their jobs, their income, or their loved one because America refused to uphold its laws and defend its borders?”

I certainly would not want to have my loved ones, neighbors or colleagues in one of those situations. Now, do I agree with his wall solution? NO! However, I do agree that there is an argument for which his comments are based. And there is a price to pay for not protecting our American citizens from unbridled immigration, both legal and illegal. The problem of late for someone who has been involved in this debate for the last decade is segregating the parts of President Trump’s measures that will ultimately serve us from those that will not.

To continue reading: Immigration Headlines


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