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NY Post Editorial Board Calls for Restoring Pharmaceutical Production in Puerto Rico

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The editorial board of the New York Post called for bringing back pharmaceutical production to America on March 7, 2020.

In light of the coronavirus spreading across the globe and China’s growing influence on the world stage, conservatives are beginning to question some of the merits of globalism.

Conventional wisdom has held that increased global trade would be overwhelmingly beneficial to the U.S. and help reform governments abroad. However, all it has done is make the U.S. over-reliant on China for pharmaceutical production and leave it susceptible to the negative externalities of globalism such as the coronavirus pandemic.

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The editorial board is of the opinion that D.C. lawmakers could “consider killing two birds with one stone by using the issue as a chance to give Puerto Rico a leg up” by bringing pharmaceutical production back to the island.

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For decades, the island territory was “a central hub of U.S. drug manufacturing” and trying to bring back manufacturing to the island would be a good way of boosting American manufacturing while keeping China at bay.

Approximately 90 percent of the active ingredients that U.S. drugmakers use come from China these days. With Chinese factories shutting down due to the outbreak, America’s pharmaceutical supplies face major risks as the coronavirus is spreading throughout here. The Food and Drug Administration is worried that a shortage of generic drugs could occur.

This makes trying to bring pharmaceutical production back to Puerto Rico with the purpose of maintaining some domestic capacity a commonsense proposal.

In the 1970s, Congress facilitated the passage of tax breaks for companies that base their operations in Puerto Rico. Drug manufacturers took advantage of these benefits and converted the island into one of the world’s pharma production hubs.

However, President Bill Clinton signed a law that started to phase out the tax breaks during the 1990s. Once these tax breaks fully expire in 2006, the industry started to leave the island.

Policymakers should consider bringing back these strategic tax breaks.

This kind of “nationalist capitalism” is what’s needed to maintain America’s capitalism while balancing national interests.

We should not have our industries being captured by authoritarian governments such as China, when we could have policies that are able to keep manufacturing inside of the U.S.’s jurisdiction.

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The Department of Homeland Security Has Plans to Undermine Immigration Enforcement

The Biden administration is working towards a de facto abolition of ICE.

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Are Democrats going to appease their radical base by abolishing ICE?

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is now putting forward a plan to restructure the federal deportation agency in a way that effectively guts its traditional role of arresting and deporting criminal aliens in the country. 

According to a Washington Times report by Stephen Dinan, Mayorkas revealed the idea last week in a telephone meeting with ICE personnel in Texas. In this call, Mayorkas proposed taking 4,000 members of ICE off the streets and transitioning them into roles of criminal investigators.

As a result of this proposed change, ICE agents would no longer be working to enforce laws against aliens illegally residing in the U.S. This entails reducing arrests and deportations.

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A number of deportation officers said this move was similar to a major city police department shifting its beat cops into detective roles. As a result of this change, no one would be left to patrol the streets for lesser crimes.

“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” an ICE source told The Washington Times.

After the phone call, there were still many questions regarding Mayorkas’ intentions with ICE. Questions about what new training ICE agents would have to go through and the pay structure they would be subject to were not addressed.

According to The Washington Times, Mayorkas was of the opinion that ICE officers were in the wrong pay system. Mayorkas allegedly said that deportation officers are in the wrong pay scale but did suggest the idea of a pay raise.

Under the current federal government job system, deportation officers are categorized as GS-1801 jobs and usually fall under GS-12 pay scale. Criminal investigators hold GS-1811 jobs and fall under the GS-13 pay scale.

Mayorkas’ ploy is to use the promotion offers as a way to get ICE agents on board with his plan to gut deportation enforcement plans.

However, one source revealed that many officers feared that they were being forced out of their original jobs.

“It’s all spin,” the source declared. “We’re not going to abolish ICE, but we really are going to abolish ICE as you know it.”

The abolition of ICE is one of the chief slogans for the multicultural Left in recent years, which is committed to importing destabilization levels of migrants.

How ICE’s abolition would look is “tougher to pin down” as Dinan outlined.

Dinan continued:

They usually aren’t talking about investigating smugglers, street gangs or child pornographers. Homeland Security Investigations, with its 7,000-strong force of GS-1811 criminal investigators, perform those duties.

So far, the “Abolish ICE” crowd is in opposition to the Enforcement and Removal Operations, which is generally tasked with arrests, detention, and deportation of people illegally in the country.

Dinan listed off where the majority of these arrests came from: 

Most of those arrests come from deportation officers picking up people who end up in local prisons or jails. But some fraction are at-large arrests in the community — particularly in areas where state and local sanctuary policies block access to prisons or jails.

The administrative tweaks Mayorkas is implementing are indeed a way to defang ICE in a subtle manner. A traditional legislative effort would likely cause massive backlash from voters who would likely take their anger out on politicians at the polls in 2022.

Border security is crucial in maintaining a stable polity. Republicans who have any iota of nationalism in their bones would take this issue and run with it.

Immigration still remains an issue that resonates well with the grassroots.

 

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