Oprah Winfrey virtue signaled her support for open borders in a speech on Wednesday.
In an article for O, The Oprah Magazine, Jonathan Borge covered a speech Winfrey gave at a gala celebrating the new Statue of Liberty museum in New York.
According to Borge, “Oprah Winfrey wants less hate, more acceptance.”
Winfrey spoke to the press about the Statue of Liberty’s significance.
According to the Associated Press, she said, “It’s important that we establish that we are a country that has open arms and not closed borders for people. It’s important because we let people know why America is what it is. It’s about an ideal and that ideal is freedom for everybody.”
The talk show host gave her audience a history lesson about the Statue of Liberty, detailing how millions of immigrants came to America in search of a better life during the past century.
She highlighted their motives:
[They] came from famine in search of food, from poverty in search of opportunity. They came from violence in search of peace. They came from oppression in search of freedom. They were young, they were old, they were Jewish, they were Catholic, they were educated, they were not.
Winfrey added, “But for all their differences, each of them came seeking one thing: the American dream.”
She then turned the speech into a discussion about race noting that “Lady Liberty’s spirit of inclusion did not extend to people of color.”
Winfrey also described America as a “flawed society”.
We are and have always been a flawed society and what I know for sure is this: that we have made great strides and we have suffered tremendous defeat, but the wheel is still in spin as our country continues to evolve. And the dream, let me tell you, has not died. Because the dream is up to us.
The television host concluded her talk by calling on America to be more welcoming towards immigrants.
Is it possible that we can build bridges rather than walls? Would immigration be the hot-bed issue it is in our country if we could perhaps help people find safety and opportunity in theirs? Can we at the very least be humane when families approach us for sanctuary, regardless of whether or not we choose to provide it.
Winfrey’s speech will make for good headlines, but when it comes to substance it’s rather lacking.
For a start, immigration throughout the 19th and most of the 20th century was done in the context of a society without a welfare state. Immigrants that came to America either sank or swam.
Now that has changed thanks to the myriad of welfare programs present in the U.S. According to BLP reports, many immigrants end up relying on these programs, thus putting tremendous pressure on American taxpayers. This does not even mention the potential social effects mass migration has on societies, where immigrants have trouble assimilating or entering the workforce.
No amount of virtue signaling will change these harsh realities of the current mass migration paradigm.
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POLL: Hispanics Support Big Government Across The Board
Even Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of the Average Republican
Pew Research released some interesting statistics highlighting Latino voters’ views on national political problems based on a survey they conducted on Latino adults this past December.
Record numbers of Latinos — 32 million — will be voting in the 2020 general election. This exceeds the number of eligible black voters for the first time in history.
According to the results, the majority of Hispanic voters favor more government involvement on issues ranging from minimum wage to gun control.
62 percent of registered voters identify or lean toward the Democrat Party, whereas 34 percent connect with or lean in the direction of the Republican Party.
Several key findings stood out:
Most Hispanic voters (71%) say the government should do more to solve problems, while 27% say government is doing too many things better left to businesses and individuals.
The findings by Jens Manuel Krogstad, Mark Hugo Lopez and Abby Budiman revealed that 82 percent of Hispanics who identify with or lean Democrat “say the government should do more to solve problems, compared with 51% of those who affiliate with or lean toward the GOP.”
As far as minimum wage is concerned, the three authors found some interesting results
On the minimum wage, a large majority of Hispanic voters (79%) say they favor raising it to $15 an hour, including more than half (56%) who say they strongly favor this change. Majorities in both parties favor raising the minimum wage, though Hispanic Democrats are much more likely than Hispanic Republicans to do so (88% vs. 62%, respectively).
The same Hispanic support for big government held true for healthcare which the authors noted below:
Hispanic voters generally believe the U.S. government should play a role in providing health care to Americans. About seven-in-ten (71%) say it is the federal government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, including 38% who favor a national health insurance system and 32% who prefer a mix of private and government health care coverage. Around a quarter (28%) say it is not the government’s responsibility to make sure all Americans have health care coverage, though most in this group say they prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
When broken down across partisan lines, there were some key differences between Hispanics Democrats and Hispanic Republicans:
Hispanic Democrats and Republicans have different views on the role government should play in providing health coverage. About eight-in-ten Hispanic Democratic voters (84%) say it is the government’s responsibility to ensure Americans have health care, with 49% supporting a national health insurance system. Meanwhile, about half (51%) of Hispanic Republican voters say it is not the government’s responsibility to ensure universal coverage, though most in this group prefer to keep Medicare and Medicaid.
Interestingly, Hispanic Republicans were considerably to the Left of the average Republican voter on healthcare. 24 percent of Republican voters believe that the government should be responsible for guaranteeing healthcare coverage.
For gun control, there was also a noticeable Hispanic majority in favor of stricter gun laws:
“Around seven-in-ten Hispanic voters (68%) say gun laws should be stricter than they are today, while 24% say current gun laws are about right. Only 7% say gun laws should be less strict. The survey was conducted several months after a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, involving a suspect who said he targeted Mexicans.”
Similarly, there was a sharp partisan gap on gun control among Hispanics:
Among Hispanic Democratic voters, 80% say gun laws should be stricter. Hispanic Republican voters are more evenly divided, with 44% saying gun laws should be stricter and 42% saying gun laws are about right.
In the Republican case, Hispanics Republicans are to the Left of Republican voters on gun control. Only 27 percent of Republican voters want stricter gun laws.
All things considered, continued mass migration will not only ensure eventual Democrat Party domination in the near future, but also a more leftist Republican opposition that now has a big government faction within its ranks.
Graphics from the study can be referenced below:
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