SLAVERY AND IMMIGRATION
Wednesday there was a “Reparations” hearing in Congress to discuss a payback system for African Americans whose ancestors were slaves. According to some Congress people, they African American descended from slaves were never able to catch up with everyone else here in the United States, therefore, they should have a handout.
Although there were those, such as Danny Glover and Te-Nihisi Coates, who argued the case for slavery reparations, the one who brought the House to chaos was Coleman Hughes, columnist for Quillete. https://clarion.causeaction.com/2019/06/19/black-democratic-writer-gets-booed-called-presumptive-by-white-liberal-rep-steve-cohen-after-opposing-reparations-in-house-hearing/
Hughes is an African American writer who finds the case for reparations insulting to “put a price” on the suffering of their ancestors. He admitted the horror of the era and told of how he was advised by many of either side not to speak a today’s hearing, yet he felt compelled to give his opinion of why reparations were not necessary.
He felt that trying to make up for the suffering of the past on the people of the present was ineffective, especially in his case as he grew up in a prosperous home and attended an Ivy League school.
This, of course, caused a riotous hally-balloo in the halls of Congress as no one is supposed to have an opposing opinion of a liberal idea.
Fried chicken eating, Democratic Representative and chairman of the hearing, Steven Cohen, called repeatedly for order and allowed that “even if he was presumptive, he still had a right to speak.”
(Cohen probably meant presumptuous, too much chicken in his mouth messed his vocabulary up. Could be that maligning him as he defended him confused the crowd.)
The treatment of this young man is the exact definition of racism. How dare a man of color chastise those who were trying to marginalize all people of color?
Slavery, without rant or rhetoric, is an unforgivable sin, and an abomination.
Generally, the those that were brought to the United States were Africans that were prisoners of war or criminals who were sold by the victors of local tribes or forcibly taken from their homeland to be slaves. http://www.africaw.com/africans-did-not-sell-their-own-people-into-slavery
There were incidents of slavery or indentured servants who did trade their freedom and autonomy for passage to the New World. These individuals did indeed gamble their very lives on the hope of a better future.
“Indentured servitude was a labor system in which people paid for their passage by working for an employer for a fixed term of years. It was widely employed in the 18th century in the British colonies in North American and elsewhere. It was a way for the poor in Britain and the German states to obtain paid passage to the American colonies.” https://www.bing.com/search?q=indentured+servants&form=PRUSEN&mkt=en-us&httpsmsn=1&refig=e31e007e7e5f4894b88cd5c33f2ebb8e&sp=1&ghc=1&filters=ufn%3A%22indentured+servants%22+sid%3A%22a623096e-fa52-5453-4ceb-e3a156dc21f1%22&qs=MB&pq=indentured&sc=8-10&cvid=e31e007e7e5f4894b88cd5c33f2ebb8e
An employer was contractually bound to release the person from his or her indenture at the completion of the agreed upon term. Sometimes, this didn’t happen and the people were considered property. As the dishonest employer was deeper of pocket than the servant, the outcome was often not favorable to those who were indentured.
Another forgotten group of slaves were the Irish. The first slaves in the British colonies were white slaves from Ireland. http://www.africaresource.com/rasta/sesostris-the-great-the-egyptian-hercules/the-irish-slave-trade-forgotten-white-slaves/
King James II and Charles I led a concerted effort to enslave the Irish. It began when James II sold 30,000 Irish slaves to owners the New World. His proclamation in 1625 stated that Irish political prisoners to be sold to English settlers in the West Indies. The Irish were considered human livestock for English merchants. The initial majority of slaves in the New World were Irish slaves.
If anyone mentions slavery in conversation it is almost a given that it is a reference to African slaves, which is not entirely true.
How it is that no one ever mentions how shabbily treated the Irish were treated by the English monarchs?
The Irish weren’t treated too much better at the turn of the century when the Potato Famine forced so many to immigrate to the United States, even though “donations” to buy ships and passage for the starving people were often death traps when corrupt people were involved in the transactions. Those for whom the charity was intended, never made it to the New World.
When they did arrive, finding a job was difficult when the “Help Wanted” sign ended with “No Irish Need Apply.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anti-Irish_sentiment
Yet the Irish have not formed an” Irish Lives Matter” group or demanded reparations for the years their ancestors spent as slaves or second class citizens.
There were slave owners, who for reasons of conscience, manumitted their slaves. This often earned the undying ire of their neighbors. Another unfortunate part of being a freed slave was that someone could claim them as their property. Being unable to read and write, the free person had to have their manumission papers on them at all times, and be aware of those who would steal or destroy their papers.
Unless Congress is willing to reimburse all of the above types of slavery and their descendants this is yet another liberal tempest in a teapot, and for some, an insult to those who prospered in spite of the odds against them.
ET TU, MEXICO?
Immigration has been a key issue in the news of late. Congress has flipped, then later flopped on their position concerning illegal immigrants. They will do anything to keep President Trump from a win on his border wall campaign promise. They will obstruct knowing full well that border area is in true crisis and something must be done to prevent the US from being overrun with those who would bypass the line and enter illegally. The fact that violent crime and dangerous drugs travel with some of the people in the caravan is of little concern to the Democrats. They have walls and security, unlike the average citizen.
The Democratic side led by Pelosi and her gang of misfits , will go for allowing more illegal aliens into the country in the hopes that they will be fresh Democratic voters for their machine. They do not care that the system is groaning under the weight of their upkeep.
Secure borders to both the North and South are essential for national security, but what of the 22 million or so illegals from various countries that have already been released into the United States, not to mention the thousands that continue to come?
For the sake of argument, say theoretically, the US would need a three part plan.
The first of a three part plan would be to try to build the wall in order to keep out any new illegal immigrants. Check, President Trump is getting monies and resources together for the first half.
Part two of the plan is to find a way to document the people who are already here and find the best way to deal with and process them. No check, Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol and ICE are overrun with lack of resources, and so many migrants are lost in the system as they are already here.
Part three would be to quell the “caravans’ at the border before they enter the US. See part two, it is a no go right now.
Except for part one that President Trump is forcing through by declaring (legally) a national emergency, there is no cooperation to find or create any plausible ideas or ways to accomplish parts two and three.
The Democratic Party controls the House. They have made it abundantly clear that their obsession is to take President Trump down and if it is necessary to pull everyone in the United States down with him, so be it.
They refuse to visit the border and meet the troops on the ground. Border patrol have issued a standing invitation, which they have refused to acknowledge. They prefer to wear blinders and throw shade and derision at the President. They do not want to know the truth.
Congressional and Senate leaders would not listen in a meeting with the DHS director, Kirstjen Neilson. Pelosi stating, “I reject your facts.”
However, the facts weren’t particular to Secretary Nielson, they were the exact data about the problem. It is a stalemate between the President and the Democratic held Congress, and the renegade RINOS.
One of the traditional sources of illegal aliens is Mexico. For many decades, the country was so economically depressed, that the United States was the proverbial Promised Land.
People could cross the border, get a job, even a low wage job, and earn much more than they had in Mexico. They could send their money home to their families, build their homes there and put money into their economy, usually around a 10 to 1 exchange rate. That is, 10 pesos to one dollar.
In 1993, NAFTA, (North America Free Trade Agreement) was signed into law. Then president Clinton said that “NAFTA meant jobs.” (He did not necessarily mean for people in the United States, but it did mean jobs for the neighboring countries where former US manufacturing jobs were transferred.)
Vicente Fox, president of Mexico at the time, said, “The real end winner of NAFTA will be Mexico because we have that human capital. We have that resource that is vital to the US economy.”
Felipe Calderon, Mexican president from 2006 to 2012, has issued a statement to Trump’s claim of a border wall at Mexico’s expense, “Mexico won’t pay a cent for Trump’s stupid wall.”
All of this is most likely true even with NAFTA, however the mass migration continued from Mexico to the US, illegal immigrant dollars have been sent south of the border, improving and building many of the Mexican citizen’s standard of living. A job that the government has not been held responsible to do for its own people.
Hospitals in the United States deliver migrant babies, heal their sick and injured. Some pay their way and some cannot. Many take advantage of social welfare programs such as WIC and Food Stamps.
In 1985, when Mexico City had a horrendous earthquake and subsequent mudslide, causing great loss of life and physical damage, the United States sent a large sum of financial aid to combat the devastation.
The above references are just a couple of the many examples of the helpful relationship of the United States and Mexico.
It might be nice for Mexico to remember how it has come to have opportunities for its people. The Mexican government has never done one third as much for her people as the United States has done indirectly and directly by sending financial aid every year. Central and South American countries also receive this aid from the United States.
This aid is to ensure that these governments will provide opportunity and an economy for their citizens, so they wouldn’t need to leave their homes to come to the United States for a better life.
While it is not the responsibility of Mexico to secure our border, they might want to consider with some gratitude all the United States has done for them by way of employing their citizens, and ensuring the good health of many as well.
There is certainly a lot more the Mexican government could do to deter the caravans from arriving at the US border, but the new president isn’t cooperating very much.
If President Trump is forced to close the border indefinitely to solve the Humanitarian and Drug crisis, everyone is going to lose money and commerce. There will be shortages of products and foods. The cost of this action would certainly be staggering for both sides of the coin.
It is ironic that a United States President has to fight his own government along with foreign governments just to keep his constituents safe.
Write your representatives and demand an answer to this dilemma.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Judy Woodruff on PBS NewsHour and Ari Shapiro on NPR’s All Things Considered about theSecure and Succeed Act, legislation he has co-sponsored that mirrors President Trump’s immigration framework which resolves DACA, strengthens border security, eliminates the visa lottery, and ends extended-family chain migration.
Click here to watch the PBS interview or click on the image below.
Growing Support: “We’ve had 30 years of debate on the immigration issue. Democrats and Republicans at various points in time actually supported the principles laid out by President Trump in this bill. There has actually been late-coming support for this proposal. Senator Alexander and Senator Isakson have endorsed this bill.”
President’s Support: “President Trump has endorsed this proposal. We’re hopeful others will see the framework the President laid out—and what we have in this bill—actually meets the needs the Democrats have been asking for.”
Ending Incentives: “Three or four of the principles President Trump is talking about have general agreement. There is room on both sides of the issue of family-based immigration for us to get the solution we are all looking for, to end the environment that incentivizes people to bring their young children here which created the DACA situation. This would also allow us to close loopholes that let terrorists use our immigration system against us.”
Common Solution: “President Trump has been very clear for a long time about his position. He wants a solution to the problem that caused the DACA situation and he wants the DACA situation resolved. He’s gone further than any Republican ever thought that he would. We support that and believe there is enough commonality in the Senate that if everyone looks at these different principles, we’ll be able to get to a common solution.”
Click here to listen to the NPR interview or click on the image below.
Permanent Solutions: “President Trump stepped in and said let’s resolve the DACA problem by giving these young people a pathway and certainty. He also said we don’t want to be back here in four or five years doing the same thing with another generation of people who were brought in illegally.”
Providing Certainty: “This is a very good solution for the DACA population. It also provides certainty for the future of our borders and fixes the archaic, 50-year old immigration system that has not served us economically or socially.”
Balanced Deal: “I’m an outsider, a business guy, and I’ve done big deals before. Deals that get done have to be symmetric. This deal is symmetric. When you look at the DACA solution and then a way to end the things that created it, this becomes a very balanced proposition.”
Getting Past Politics: “At different points in the past, Democrats and Republicans have agreed to each facet of our bill that’s before the Senate today. If Congress can put partisan politics aside, I think we’ve got a proposition that could get done. I think at the end of the day it will.”
Senator David Perdue Talks Tax & Immigration On Kudlow Radio Show
“President Trump has been instinctively in line with the American people on immigration all along”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) joined Larry Kudlow on The Larry Kudlow Show to discuss how President Trump’s agenda has been instinctively in line with the American people, particularly on tax and immigration.
Starting Point: “A year ago, Tom Cotton and I started the conversation about fixing our legal immigration system, when we introduced the RAISE Act. This would move us to a merit-based immigration system, similar to that of Canada and Australia.”
Brilliant Move: “President Trump issued a brilliant framework for an immigration middle ground. I think he has been instinctively in line with the American people on immigration all along. Two-thirds of America want a DACA solution, but only if you provide for border security with a wall, end chain migration, and end the visa lottery.”
Real Opportunity: “When will conservatives ever have this kind of opportunity to solve the causes of the immigration problems we have now, including ending chain migration? Also, if Democrats are serious about solving DACA, how can they be against this reasonable solution the President laid out?”
Americans Agree: “Chuck Schumer offered up $25 billion for a wall. That tells me that Democrats are now admitting Americans want border security. They are seeing these polls showing that up to 80% of Americans want a wall. They know we need border security. President Trump isn’t going to give in on that point.”
Providing Certainty: “The President has done the right thing and put this back in the lap of Congress, which is where it should have been. President Obama just kicked the can down the road by providing temporary status. President Trump has said he’ll offer certainty for the DACA recipients.”
Solving Underlying Problem: “We want to ensure we aren’t back here in five years with the same problem. To do that we have to secure the border with a wall, end chain migration, and eliminate the outdated visa lottery.”
Economy Responding: “The more people and American companies we see responding positively to the tax bill, the more this is a generational change that will be simulative for our economy.”
Tremendous Impact: “We’ve had eight years of the federal government with its boot on the neck of small businesses with overregulation and policies that were anti-business. When you take that off, that has a tremendous impact.”
Assuring Our Allies: “Around the world they see an America reengaging after 8 years of disengagement. In Davos, President Trump said, ‘America first doesn’t mean America alone.’ I think that is sending a strong message to our allies and others around the world.”
Senator Perdue is the only Fortune 500 CEO in Congress and is serving his first term in the United States Senate, where he represents Georgia on the Armed Services, Banking, Budget, and Agriculture Committees.
Senator David Perdue On White House Immigration Framework
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) comments on the immigration framework released by the White House today:
“The White House framework is something that both Republicans and Democrats in the House and Senate should be eager to support. We all want a good deal, and here it is.”
Senator David Perdue Discusses Immigration Latest On Fox News & ABC
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Trish Regan on Fox News Channel’s Sunday Morning Futures and George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week about recent meetings at the White House to fix the legal immigration system.
Highlights from Sunday Morning Futures
Negotiating A Deal: “The President has been very clear that any solution to DACA must include border security, including the wall, an end to chain migration, and an end to the visa lottery. Last week, we had two meetings at the White House. President Trump is very engaged on this issue, just like he was on tax. I’m hopeful we can get symmetry in this negotiation. In my business experience, that’s how you get to a deal and I still think there is a possibility to do that.”
Double Talk From Democrats: “It’s a gross distraction from the issue. Senators Schumer and Durbin both talked about ending parts of chain migration on the Senate floor. We’re doing things that the Democrats have voted for and have supported in the past. Under Bill Clinton in the 90s, we had a Presidential Commission actually recommend limiting chain migration and recommend moving to a merit-based immigration system based on who you are and not where you are from. The problem now is politics. That’s what’s so frustrating to all of us.”
Focusing The Scope: “Congress has failed three times in the last 11 years to fix the immigration system because they’ve been too comprehensive and tried to solve the legal problem, the temporary work visa problem, and the illegal immigration problem at the same time. What we’re doing now is limiting this debate to just the legal immigration system and I believe we can get to a solution.”
President’s Agenda Is Working: “If this were any other president getting the results that we’re getting right now in the economy, we would be crowing about the results. Two million new jobs created last year, 860 rules and regulations pulled back, 500 bureaucrats fired at the VA for non-performance, 300 fired in the Department of Education, consumer confidence is at a 17-year high, CEO confidence is at a 20-year high, 123 companies decided to give year-end bonuses because of our action on tax. This economy is beginning to move and what we have to do now is focus on immigration, infrastructure, and trade to keep moving the economy forward.”
Responding To Hawaii: “I don’t know the details of that yet, but it just heightens the fact that somebody made a mistake somewhere. As a member of the Armed Services Committee, I can assure you that we’ll get to the bottom of that.”
Highlights from This Week
Solving DACA: “The problem is Washington career politicians who just want to pander to their base. What we have right now is a gross misrepresentation of a meeting from Thursday. Two days earlier, the President held an hour-long open meeting with the media where Democrats and Republicans from both the House and Senate debated the issue. We want to solve the DACA problem. We want border security with a wall. We want to end chain migration and the visa lottery. That’s the scope we all agreed on Tuesday.”
Record Of Misrepresenting: “In 2013, Senator Durbin made the same allegation against a Republican leader in a meeting with President Obama, saying he chewed out the president and that this Republican leader was so disrespectful to President Obama they couldn’t even have the meeting. That’s what he said that in 2013. Later that day, President Obama’s own press secretary came out and said, ‘it did not happen.’ This is about a gross misrepresentation, and it’s not the first time.”
Current Negotiation Parameters: “We’re focusing on four things. The President has been consistent all along about what he wants in an immigration deal. I have been consistent. Senator Cotton has been consistent. Any deal on DACA has to include border security, including a wall, and the end to chain migration. That’s been consistent for the past year.”
Senator David Perdue Discusses Fixing Legal Immigration System On Fox News
“The January 19 deadline to fund the government and the March 5 DACA deadline are two totally separate issues”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) spoke with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News’ Fox & Friends about yesterday’s bipartisan meeting at the White House to fix the legal immigration system.
Goals Established: “This President is an outsider. He is a business guy. He wants to get results on this issue just like he did on tax. What we did yesterday is agree on two things. One, we agreed on the scope of this current negotiation. We are not trying to solve all of our immigration problems here. What we want to do is solve the DACA issue, address border security, eliminate chain migration, and end the archaic visa lottery program. The second thing the President did yesterday was establish a sense of urgency. That is something rare in Washington.”
Differentiating Deadlines: “The January 19 deadline to fund the government, and the March 5 DACA deadline are two totally separate issues. I heard members on the other side talk about that after the meeting. January 19 is about funding the government, and that is another conversation entirely.”
Broad Support: “72% of Americans believe immigration should be focused on the worker and the immediate family. Name another idea or another issue here in Washington that 70% of Americans agree on. This is one issue where the American people are going to hold us accountable.”
Sense Of Urgency: “We are still working against a hard deadline of March 5. That’s how you bring a sense of urgency and get things done in Congress. President Trump said yesterday that he expects results on this issue. He is willing to work with us day and night. I think that was evident yesterday from the conversation we had in the White House.”
Focused Negotiations: “I give the President high marks for bringing a focus to this issue and not trying to solve every problem related to immigration but instead, focus right now on the legal immigration system.”
Senator David Perdue: President Trump Driving Consensus To Fix Our Legal Immigration System
“My personal focus continues to be on how we eliminate chain migration, which is a fundamental flaw in our current immigration policy”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator David Perdue (R-GA) made the following comments after the White House meeting on immigration today:
“President Trump, being an outsider and business guy, is driving consensus between Republicans and Democrats to fix our legal immigration system. Today’s White House meeting was to define the scope of this negotiation to include four items: solving the DACA situation, addressing border security, ending chain migration, and eliminating the outdated visa lottery. President Trump is trying to instill a sense of urgency to get something done on immigration, but this topic should not be part of funding the federal government. My personal focus continues to be on how we eliminate chain migration, which is a fundamental flaw in our current immigration policy. If any conversation about DACA is being held without that consideration, it is not going to go anywhere in the United States Senate. The first thing a DACA recipient will do if given permanent status is use chain migration laws to sponsor those who violated the law originally. Ending chain migration and eliminating the outdated visa lottery program is in our national security and economic interest. President Trump has done a great job making sure this remains a top priority in any immigration discussion.”