A lot of people in this country have made a career out of hating President Trump, a trend that began the moment he announced his candidacy and let loose with his vision for immigration reform, which led to the ever popular charge of the real estate mogul turned politician being a huge, raging racist.
Which is not the truth, of course, but when have facts ever got in the way of a good whopper for the left? Yeah, I can’t recall a time either.
Well, it turns out, a lot of what the president wants to do away with in our current immigration system is not only a good idea philosophically, but might just save lives.
President Trump has been wanting to do away with a “diversity visa” program, which, if it had been removed earlier, would have prevented Sayfullo Habibullaevic Saipov from entering our country and committing a horrific terrorist attack in Manhattan, which killed eight people.
But no, such an idea is totally racist, right?
Each year, the Diversity Visa Lottery, as it is officially known, provides up to 50,000 randomly selected foreigners — fewer than 1 percent of those who enter the drawing — with permanent residency in the United States.
In February 2017, Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) and Sen. David Perdue (R-GA) introduced the RAISE Act, which stated:
To amend the Immigration and Nationality Act to establish a skills-based immigration points system, to focus family-sponsored immigration on spouses and minor children, to eliminate the Diversity Visa Program, to set a limit on the number of refugees admitted annually to the United States, and for other purposes.
On August 2, 2017, the White House announced President Trump would back the RAISE Act. The White House statement read, “The RAISE Act eliminates the outdated Diversity Visa lottery system, which serves questionable economic and humanitarian interests.”
On October 8, President Trump sent a letter to “House and Senate leaders & Immigration Principles and Policies” in which he outlined his plans for immigration. In section 3, titled “Merit-Based Immigration System,” Trump wrote, “Eliminate the ‘Diversity Visa Lottery.’”
If we had stricter immigration policy, one that would actually look to protect our people and our prosperity, individuals like Saipov wouldn’t be able to gain such easy access to our country and use our generosity and hospitality as a means for murder and bloodshed.
You don’t have to agree with President Trump or even like the man, but at least examine the actual policies and things he is trying to accomplish, gaining an understanding of the “why” behind them, before going off the deep end.
Our people and their safety and prosperity should come first, always and forever. Any immigration policy that accomplishes that without violating another human being’s value and worth is something we ought to consider putting into action.