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  • user warning: Table './conserva_drupal/cache_filter' is marked as crashed and should be repaired query: UPDATE cache_filter SET data = '<p>IMMIGRATION: August 8, 2019</p>\n<p><img alt=\"\" src=\"http://www.conservativechronicle.com/sites/default/files/Lowry.gif\" /></p>\n<p>President Donald Trump&rsquo;s immigration agenda has always been considered exclusionary and prejudiced by progressives; now they consider it tainted by mass murder.<br />\n The El Paso massacre, carried out by a white nationalist waging a lunatic war against Hispanic immigration, is being used as a bludgeon against Trump and immigration restriction more broadly.</p>\n<p> AFTER YEARS spent trying to rule immigration restriction out of bounds, the left is doubling down on ruling immigration restriction out of bounds.<br />\n It can&rsquo;t be that the only reason for protecting the border, rejecting bogus asylum-seekers, reorienting the legal immigration system toward skills rather than family unification and reducing overall numbers is rank hatred bordering on homicidal malice.<br />\n It can&rsquo;t be that the only choice is between extremely latitudinarian policies that allow asylum-seekers into the country, often never to be seen again, or mass murder.<br />\n It can&rsquo;t be that the only respectable position on immigration, safe for the general public, is whatever the Democrats&rsquo; center of gravity on the issue is at any given time (always in flux and always moving left).<br />\n First, let&rsquo;s stipulate that Trump&rsquo;s words on immigration often are crude and inflammatory. Yet nothing he&rsquo;s ever said could possibly justify indiscriminately shooting people. Trump is not a terrorist, a supporter of terrorism or an enabler of terrorism.<br />\n The El Paso shooter&rsquo;s apparent manifesto overlaps with some of Trump&rsquo;s rhetoric, but what defines the document is its apocalyptic argument that slaughter is the way &ldquo;to reclaim&rdquo; the country.<br />\n The gulf between that view and Trump&rsquo;s &mdash; that Congress should build a wall and change some highly technical asylum rules &mdash; is vast. It is the difference between justifying criminality and advocating legislation, between quitting on America and calling for policies to solve one of its problems.<br />\n Much is made of Trump&rsquo;s use of the word &ldquo;invasion,&rdquo; which also features in the manifesto. This is a loaded term best avoided. It speaks to a hostile intent among immigrants who, by and large, come here to improve their lives.</p>\n<p> BUT, AGAIN, the impulse to gun down these supposed invaders shopping at Walmart and the impulse to exclude them from entry, or quickly and safely return them home once here, don&rsquo;t exist in the same moral universe.<br />\n For all that the language police profess to care deeply about words, they aren&rsquo;t very careful about rendering Trump&rsquo;s. No one notes that in his Florida rally where a rallygoer notoriously yelled &ldquo;shoot them&rdquo; and Trump shook his head, smiled and said &ldquo;only in the Panhandle,&rdquo; the president was in the midst of saying of border agents, &ldquo;Don&rsquo;t forget, we don&rsquo;t let them, and we can&rsquo;t let them, use weapons.&rdquo;<br />\n The discrediting of views that show up in the manifesto only works one way. The shooter expresses a fear of automation and support for the universal basic income. Should we hold that against Andrew Yang? The shooter fears we&rsquo;re on the verge of an environmental disaster. Should Jay Inslee tone it down?<br />\n When a member of antifa was shot dead by police while attacking an Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Washington state, Democrats weren&rsquo;t made to answer for their harsh attacks on immigration enforcement.<br />\n It&rsquo;s even a count against Trump that the shooter, too, says that Democrats favor &ldquo;open borders.&rdquo; If it&rsquo;s going to be unacceptable to use the term &ldquo;open borders&rdquo; of a party that is getting closer and closer to embracing a policy of open borders, we might as well shut down the immigration debate now.<br />\n Which is, of course, part of the point. What much of the left won&rsquo;t acknowledge is that restrictionists have a sincere belief that secure borders and a reformed legal immigration system would be better for our laws, our economy and our cultural cohesion.</p>\n<p> &nbsp;IF TRUMP is a flawed tribune for this point of view, he&rsquo;s not culpable of murder, either. The charge that he somehow is is yet another symptom of our rapidly degrading public debate rather than a call to elevate it.</p>\n', created = 1576032735, expire = 1576119135, headers = '', serialized = 0 WHERE cid = '2:a835c4eef37cf6170bf9db900876a793' in /home/conserva/public_html/includes/cache.inc on line 112.
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Immigration restriction is not hate

IMMIGRATION: August 8, 2019

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