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August 3, 2017

If you happened to watch the White House press briefing yesterday you probably have your own opinion of the President’s RAISE bill  (Senate Bill 354), but if you are one of those folks whose primary reason for liking and following the goings on in the people’s house is for its entertainment value, you got your money’s worth yesterday.

BTW.  Unless you actually watched the whole thing start to finish, you probably don’t have any idea what really happened.  That’s because all you are going to see is clips of Stephen Miller going at it hammer and tongs with CNN’s Jim Acosta.

Mr. Miller presented the talking points for the RAISE bill, and did it well. Things went sideways from there.

Predictably, the MSM reporters immediately attacked everything from the explanation for the need for the bill to quite clearly defining it as racist, as did CNN’s Acosta when he made the crack that only immigrants from England and Australia would be eligible under the bill.

In fact, according to this article, almost one-third or two billion people are required to study English as a second language, with some 15 or more nations having people who are proficient or somewhat proficient.  Like it or not, most of the world’s commerce, aviation and business dealings use English as the lingua franca (common language). Some 60 countries in total teach English, with some starting at age three.

In the briefing process, it was abundantly clear that the reporters either didn’t know or didn’t want to know that the bill addressed LEGAL immigration, a point that Mr. Miller had to keep reminding them of throughout the briefing. It has nothing to do with DACA or guest worker programs or illegal immigration or refugees or deportation.

For the record, this isn’t a law.  It is a BILL being introduced to modify the number and define the qualifications for legal immigrants to be granted green cards in the future.  Mr. Miller made it quite clear that any it didn’t address anyone already here, explaining those people would be grandfathered should the bill become law.

RAISE is essentially a change from wholesale immigration, where you admit one million people without any regard as to whether they have any skills or even a way of making a living, to half a million people annually that have a necessary skill that benefits the U.S. and enables them to find work that supports them at a living wage or above. It also seeks to change “chain immigration” to limit what family members the initial immigrant can then legally bring into the country.

As a side benefit, the bill may also reduce the instances of ethnic ghettoes and their attendant poverty that drive the violence in immigrant communities. It’s hard to assimilate if you can’t even complete a job interview.

The bill, among other things, seeks to recognize that our country no longer needs just a pair of willing hands to do hard physical or menial labor.  While that need drove our immigration policy for many decades, the world has changed so much that just having an open door policy no longer serves the needs of the country, and indeed doesn’t serve the immigrants well either.

That’s a vast oversimplification, but it suffices for the purpose of this post. If you want to read the whole proposed bill you can view it here.  If the bill advances through the legislative process, Musings will get into more detail. Given that it starts, as it must, in the do-nothing Senate, that need may never materialize.

What does matter is the seemingly never-ending emphasis on promoting race and class warfare.  Honestly liberals, America isn’t buying that line anymore.

Another invalid criticism is that the bill was introduced at the wrong time, that it takes away from tax reform and healthcare discussions.

No.  It doesn’t, unless you believe that Congress should be totally incapable of focusing on more than one issue at a time, and not even doing that very well.

Congress should be able to have multiple streams of discussion and handle multiple legislative foci.

That’s a totally different discussion than whether they actually can or will.

From → op-ed

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