Fox Business Network host Lou Dobbs took President Donald Trump to task for his comments on increased legal immigration.
Trump called for legal immigration to be increased beyond the 1.2 million legal immigrants that are admitted every year.
During a White House meeting with Ivanka Trump, Apple CEO Tim Cook, and IBM CEO Ginni Rometty, Trump said:
We want a lot of people coming in … We want to have the companies grow and the only way they’re going to grow is if we give them the workers and the only way we’re going to have the workers is to do exactly what we’re doing.
Naturally, these comments made Dobbs’s blood boil.
According to Dobbs, Trump’s changing tune on immigration would do away with all the job gains and wage increases that the country’s working class has enjoyed thanks to Trump’s pro-worker policies.
Tonight I’d like to share a few thoughts, however, about the what I fear is a new direction for the president and his administration and what could very likely a catastrophe for our working men and women … our middle class and the American family — the very people this president has represented from the moment he announced he would run for the presidency.
In Dobbs’s view, Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue should have never been extended an invitation to the White House due to big business’s efforts undermine Trump’s “Hire American” agenda.
Dobbs went on Donohue’s attendance:
To be clear, the presence of the Chamber of Commerce President Tom Donohue is impossible to misinterpret. D.C.’s biggest lobbyist wants to reverse the direction of rising labor costs and return to the cheap labor policies of the 20 years that preceded the Trump presidency. I don’t even know why this White House would let him in the door. He is the enemy of this administration and absolutely tries to reverse every policy in business and economics that this president has advanced.
The TV host warned the Trump administration to avoid the multinational corporate agenda which aims to supply a never-ending flow of foreign workers to depress and stagnate wages while simultaneously outsourcing American jobs to reduce labor costs.
Dobbs went on:
If this White House thinks that listening to the beguiling prattle of Tim Cook, Tom Donahue, RINO Senators like Susan Collins is helpful to this president, then the battle for the forgotten man and woman in this country will be decided by the very establishment this president ran against — an establishment that spends vast sums of money and energy every single day trying to destroy him and his policies and his historic presidency. That Mr. Trump would advance the interests of the globalist elites ahead of our citizens would be a tragic reversal on any day. But today … that the southern border is being overrun by a record number of illegal immigrants, it all means that the White House has simply lost its way.
It seems like the mass importation model of legal immigrants continues in effect. Since former President H.W. Bush signed the Immigration Act of 1990, immigration has expanded substantially into the U.S. If this trend continues, there will be 69 million foreign-born individuals residing in the U.S by 2060.
In addition to economic effects, there are very real social and political consequences of permitting mass migration under a welfare state context. Europe has shown that mass migration in conjunction with a generous welfare state facilitates the creation of immigrant ghettoes and impede assimilation into general culture. Politically, third world migration tends to bring immigrants that are more likely to end up on the public dole and perpetuate the status quo of big government in the U.S by voting for more government goodies.
Instead of trying to pass sensible reforms like building a wall or ending birthright citizenship, Republicans did their best Houdini Act from 2016 to 2018, when they had control of all 3 branches of government and sat on the immigration issue. Now, there are talks of a Jared Kushner-backed amnesty bill being introduced in the next week.
All in all, things are not looking well for Trump’s immigration agenda. It seems that the Conservative Inc. approach to governance is making headway in the Trump Administration.
And that does not bode well for America First advocates.
Will Josh Hawley be the Next Champion for an America First Foreign Policy?
America First May Have its Next Leader to End Wars Abroad
Does America First have a new non-interventionist champion?
Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has been viewed by many as one of the figures who could potentially lead a Trumpist movement after Trump, should Joe Biden end up being installed as president on January 2021.
Hawley has made a name for himself as a champion of Middle America and questioning the neoliberal orthodoxy on immigration and trade. Lately, Hawley has made a pivot towards questioning the interventionist conventional wisdom on foreign policy.
In early October of this year, the Missouri Senator called for the American government to withdraw troops from Afghanistan. Hawley tweeted, “Almost 20 years now in Afghanistan. Long past time to draw this war to an end.”
Hawley’s foreign policy has been a work progress over the past two years. During a 2019 speech Hawley gave at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), he questioned the nation-building policy prescriptions of previous administrations, demonstrating some degree of skepticism towards non-stop interventionism abroad on the part of the Senator.
That said, it remains to be seen if Hawley’s legislative record will fully match his rhetoric.
Hawley is a staunch China hawk, who fears the rise of China and is a strong voice against China’s expansionist efforts. Hawley’s track record shows that his foreign policy views are rough around the edges. Daniel Larison of The American Conservative is not as optimistic about Hawley judging by his votes on the Yemeni Civil War. Larison cited several of Hawley’s votes that may be cause for concern:
“Sen. Hawley voted against the Senate’s resolution of disapproval that opposed the president’s effort to circumvent Congress with a bogus “emergency” to expedite arms sales to Saudi Arabia and the UAE. More important, he voted with the president and most Senate Republicans against the antiwar Yemen resolution that would have cut off all U.S. support to the Saudi coalition.”
Nevertheless, Hawley’s comments on Afghanistan are a good sign that Hawley is catching on to the fact that Americans are tired of foreign wars. Politicians can change their views and behaviors. Hawley is likely recognizing that the America First movement is exhausted by the endless wars and wants candidates and elected officials who offer withdrawal plans.
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) November 24, 2020
Journalist Glenn Greenwald, a fierce interventionist skeptic, maintained cautious optimism about Hawley. In a tweet, he commented, “All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting.”
All kinds of reasons to be skeptical of the authenticity here, but — purely as a matter of rhetoric — just imagine any national Republican speaking this way about a Dem administration even 10 years ago. The framework of politics is radically shifting:https://t.co/0g3jpVPsDm
— Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald) November 24, 2020
The jury is still out on Hawley. Regardless of flaws in his voting record, America First advocates should continue to push him and other America First leaning Republicans in the right direction. We should never forget that politicians are still receptive to political pressure and the grassroots holds the keys to political change.
Young senators like Hawley are the future of American politics and it makes sense for foreign policy restrainers to lobby them and push them in a direction that favors non-interventionism.
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