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VB The Wise: I'll admit it, I'm a RAISE-ist

Doug 'VB' Goudie
August 04, 2017 - 5:36 am
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I'll Admit It, I'm A RAISE'ist...

 

   Overheard on CNN by a panelist on the night the immigration reform bill known as the RAISE Act was announced, "It is absolutely racist."  And of course Anderson Cooper opted against challenging Ana Navarro when she said that, instead letting her talk uninterrupted for a full minute and thirty-four seconds before moving on to his other panelist.  (Has Anderson Cooper ever let Kellyanne Conway go uninterrupted for thirty-four seconds, never mind A MINUTE AND thirty-four seconds?)  Now being from Boston, I'm more than used to being called racist, and I'm also used to having those that level the racist charge against me not listen as I defended myself against the charge, so you'll forgive me if I just shake my head and move on.  Instead, let me briefly explain why it is that I am a RAISE-ist, aside from being a 'racist'...

   One thing I think we can all agree on is that our current immigration system is broken.  If you don't think so, stop reading.  If you do think so, then here's a question: has any broken system ever been made better by EXPANDING it?  Of course not, which is why I am vehemently opposed to any expansion of the MBTA.  Unless and until that agency can fix its economic woes, it should not be allowed to add to its problems.  The same is true with our nation's immigration policy.  Until we can figure out how to make immigration much more sensible, we should be CONTRACTING it, not expanding it.  Thus, I am fully in favor of Senators Cotton and Perdue, the sponsors of the bill, wanting to cut in half the number of LEGAL immigrants allowed into the country on a yearly basis.  Color me RAISE-ist.

   Second,  there is this argument out there that Big Business wants, NEEDS, low wage immigrant labor to sustain itself. This argument amuses me because suddenly the Left cares about the wants of Big Business?  There's a switch.  The reality is that while Big Business may WANT cheap labor, they don't NEED cheap labor, and they shouldn't be given unfettered access to it.  (I seem to recall some gentlemen in the South making a similar argument back in 1861; fortunately, we didn't listen to them either.)  You'll note that the phrase 'Big Business' is always used when this point is made, but no one making the point ever mentions a specific business.  I'd like to know which 'BIg Business' is actually going to be hurt by this bill.  Is it McDonald's, if so, how exactly?  Is it Ford Motor Company?  Haven't heard them say so.  Is it Microsoft?  Oh, I doubt that.  Number one, I believe in Big Business, and Big Business will be just fine, they will adjust accordingly if necessary.  (Thus I'm somehow able to get cotton t-shirts today without much problem even though those 1861 men didn't get their way.)  Again, I'll cop to being a RAISE-ist.​

   And then there's the Statue of Liberty argument.  "This bill goes against what America stands for" as Jim Acosta put it in his donnybrook with Stephen Miller.  "Gives us your tired, your poor, your huddle masses..."  Yeah, ok, that is on the Statue of Liberty, and yeah, that has, AT TIMES, been the policy of the United States, but these are different times.  It used to be the biggest concern with immigrants arriving on our shores was if those immigrants were bringing whooping cough with them.  Now we're wondering if they are bringing radical philosophies and bombs with them.  Unlike the early days of Lady Liberty, we now have a TERRORISM problem in this country, and until we can figure that out, shouldn't we cut back on the number of people we invite in to the country?  Once we have gotten a handle on terrorism, maybe we can increase the numbers, but not now.  I'm am an absolute RAISE-ist on this point.

   And then there's the merit system.  We can argue the merits of merit all day long, but I believe in Capitalism, and we are a capitalist society (sorry Bernie and Liz Warren, but it's still true), and as such merit has a place in the United States.  In fact, merit shows up in almost every other aspect of our society.  Work hard and you can achieve anything, yes?  Well then, what is wrong with applying that same logic to our nation's immigration policy?  Work hard, and our doors will be open.  And yes, I believe English should be made the Official Language of the United States, so I obviously have no problem with immigrants needing to speak English.  How this country ever got away from that is beyond me. I know, I'm a RAISE-ist.

   Look, do I think the RAISE Act is perfect?  I'm sure it isn't.  No immigration policy will ever be perfect.  But I believe the RAISE Act is what we need right now, a scaling back on the numbers with a firmer policy in place of what is expected from those seeking legal status.  In other words, I'll see your current broken immigration policy, and I'll RAISE it.  Deal me in. 

   More wisdom next week.

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