Immigration

Trump and GOP Senators Unveil an Anti-LEGAL Immigration Bill

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump and two GOP senators announced their sponsorship of an anti-legal immigration bill that's just a worse version of a bill that was introduced seven months ago.

Trump is lending his name to a bill introduced by Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR) and David Perdue (R-GA), which is good because everything Trump touches turns to shit and goes nowhere.

The effort, following his campaign pledge to reform the country’s immigration system, expands on a bill introduced by the senators in February to cut the number of legal immigrants into the U.S. by 50 percent over 10 years. That bill, which has stalled for months in the Senate, would eliminate diversity lottery visas and limit the number of refugees offered permanent residency in the country each year.

I think we have pretty good reasons to expect this will go nowhere.

In addition to Trump's death touch, the original was also dead on arrival. Moreover, Trump himself is significantly less popular now than he was in February. There aren't even many Republicans left who are afraid of Trump's wrath tweets.

Curtailing legal immigration is also anti-business and even more nakedly racist than anti-illegal immigration policy.

Tom Cotton and David Perdue should know this better than anyone as the meat packing and agricultural industries in their states increasingly rely on legal immigrant labor. Trump himself employs legal immigrant labor at his golf clubs and resorts.

Congress also has more important things on their plate right now, like avoiding a total government shutdown and defaulting on the national debt.

  • Badgerite

    Oh Stephen. To quote Molly Ivins, ” it probably sounded better in the original German.”

  • 1933john

    It’s all about returning welfare
    recipients back to the fields.
    – expurgated version

  • KPSilver

    at some point the pro-business R’s have to get fed up with this, right? They constantly preach about how the markets need “certainty” and trump has produced the exact opposite. and now that he’s threatening big agriculture’s source of cheap labor, they’ll have to take him out… right? Now that any of the dozens of scandals (which would’ve ruined any previous presidency) have failed to stick, i’m left to hoping the R’s will at least protect their big money interests. Placing Gen. Kelly in the white house as Chief of Staff to babysit him clearly isn’t enough.

  • fry1laurie

    That’s funny, because cotton (farming) and Perdue (chickens) will be hugely affected by a limitation on immigration. Just watch the fun when they try to hire low-wage immigrant labor, and they can’t find any!

    • Ken Kohl

      I’m sure they’ll have an adequate pool of meth-addled white trash Trump-voters to raise crops/chickens

  • muselet
    • 1933john

      vey

      • muselet

        Gevalt, even.

        –alopecia

  • Aynwrong

    Oh, this is why Baby Goebbels got trotted out to prattle around on stage like the absurd peacock that he is. Let’s hope this turns to shit at warp speed.

    • Badgerite

      Stephen Miller, I assume. Jesus, wasn’t that something. What is someone like that doing at the White House.

    • Badgerite

      Baby Goebeels.
      “Lifeless eyes, black eyes…..like a doll’s eyes.”
      We’re gonna need a bigger boat.

      • Aynwrong

        Or he’s Annabelle just waiting to bust out of the glass case in The Conjuring.

  • ninjaf

    And haven’t we heard over and over again that we need to expand legal immigration to curtail illegal immigration? That one of the reasons people come here illegally is because it takes so long to go through legal channels (years, sometimes even decades)?

    • Scopedog

      As someone whose family did have to go through all the legal channels to immigrate here…yep, you’re right. And all of this bullshit (and that fuckhead Miller’s nonsense at the press conference today) just royally pisses me off.