“Why are we having all these people from s**thole countries come here?” A quote attributed to President Trump during a closed door meeting on DACA and immigration.
For the sake of argument, I’ll stipulate that the President DID say it. So what?
Yes, I realize that some fragile sensibilities may be offended by such language. There is no denying that the countries he reportedly referenced are in fact poor, corrupt, crime-ridden, third world countries.
To many, the term “s**thole” is crude, but fitting in that context. Crudely accurate. That being said, what is the answer to the question, WHY?
Do we NEED immigrants from these countries or do THEY need access to our immigration to escape their “s**thole countries?”
Obviously, there are good immigrants from these countries. In many cases they are MORE appreciative of the opportunities available here than native born Americans. No argument there, but that’s true of most immigrants from ANY country.
“Over ¼ of Nigerian-Americans have a graduate degree, as compared with only about 11% of whites.”https://t.co/jNFEz9v8Wx
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 11, 2018
So, what else do they bring to America?
African gangs in the United States are nothing new. According to a 2012 article in POLICE magazine, “they are becoming a more prevalent concern for law enforcement in cities that have significant African immigrant populations.”
“According to the FBI’s 2011 National Gang Threat Assessment, Somali gang presence has increased in several cities throughout the United States. Somali gangs are prevalent in Minneapolis-St. Paul, San Diego, and Seattle because of these cities’ proximity to the Mexican and Canadian borders.”
West African countries, especially Nigeria, have been documented as trans-shipment centers for Golden Crescent heroin. Nigerian criminal syndicates have gained international notoriety, from drugs and sex trafficking to financial fraud and phone/email scams.
“FANTASTICALLY corrupt” said David Cameron, Britain’s prime minister, talking about Nigeria with the Queen on May 10th, 2016. Their conversation, at a party, two days before an international summit on graft, sparked a fuss.
A spokesman for Nigeria’s President, Muhammadu Buhari, retorted he was “shocked,” though Mr. Buhari later agreed with Mr. Cameron’s assessment.
In 1995 Colin Powell, a retired American general, said that Nigerians were “scammers” who “tend not to be honest.”
Regardless of how one interprets these comments, there is no denying that unlawful activity is ubiquitous across Nigerian society. Multiple decades of criminal activity have been debilitating for the vast majority, but extraordinarily profitable for a few.
From Haiti we get great people like Congresswoman Mia Love (R-UT), who was critical of the President’s words.
Here is my statement on the President’s comments today: pic.twitter.com/EdtsFjc2zL
— Rep. Mia Love (@RepMiaLove) January 11, 2018
AND… Not-so-great people from Haiti, like the Zoe Pound gang.
Zoe Pound is a criminal street gang based in Miami, Florida founded by Haitian immigrants. Having branched out from Miami, they are known to be involved in drug trafficking, robbery and related violent crimes in support of their drug trafficking activities.
Many have accused the President of racism, because he allegedly suggested we should bring more immigrants from Norway. Why Norway? Well, he had just met with the Norwegian Prime Minister.
Also, I looked, Hard, and could not find any Norwegian gangs in America. No Norwegian criminal cartels, that I could find. No sex trafficking, no drug rings, no arms dealers. Sounds like a pretty safe place from which to take in immigrants. Just saying…
So, what is the point of all of this?
It’s quite simple, immigration is a complex issue. When you allow immigration from countries steeped in crime and corruption, you’re more likely to import some of that criminality.
Immigration is a vital part of Americana, we are a nation of immigrants. The poem inscribed on the Statue of Liberty, reads:
“Your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore, Send these, the homeless, tempest tost to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
The most important line in the poem is “yearning to breathe free.” There was a time, in America’s youth, when those homeless, huddled masses could come to America and thrive. Today, that wretched refuse is more liability than blessing. Regardless of their origins, immigrants we bring in should still be those yearning for freedom, not those transplanting their native corruption here.
I understand the fact that many view immigration as a humanitarian effort. Immigrants coming to America for a better life. Ironically, that perspective in itself insinuates that these immigrants are fleeing “s**thole countries” where they can’t have a “better life.”
So, do we bring in immigrants on merit, for what they have to offer America? Do we do it for humanitarian reasons, so they can escape a “s**thole country” and have a “better life?” Can we do both? Can we import good people from bad countries and minimize importing that country’s criminality?
These are the questions we SHOULD be asking, but instead people are appalled that the President called shithole countries, SHITHOLE COUNTRIES!!!