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, 08-07-2015 at 08:40 AM (1917 Views)
Donald Trump continues to grab the headlines for his ignorant, insulting and bombastic comments on illegal immigration in Thursday's Republican presidential debate, including his incredible statement that other Republicans never talk about this issue (which is like saying that the Green Bay Packers or Washington Redskins never talk about football).
But the biggest danger to immigration policy presented by the current crop of Republican presidential candidates does not come from Trump and his wild claims about what border guards allegedly said to him about Mexican immigrants. It comes from Governor Scott Walker and his attack on legal immigration.
Walker does not rant and rave or hurl insults against anybody and everybody the way Trump does. To the contrary, Walker comes across as calm and reasonable - until one looks at what he says and compares it with his actual record as governor of Wisconsin.
When one looks closely at Walker's recent statements regarding immigration and his record as governor, Trump looks like a liberal by comparison. Walker also outdoes Trump, who sponsored almost a thousand legal immigrants from Mexico, a country which he now accuses of sending mainly rapists, criminals and drug dealers to America, in the hypocrisy department.
At the debate, Trump repeated his previous calls to build a wall along the US-Mexico border, but he also added that there would be nothing wrong with a "big, beautiful door" in the wall to let people in. There could not be a clearer statement of support for a legal immigration system.
Walker, on the other hand, spoke in much less dramatic terms, but one with more serious implications for the future of legal immigration:
"...secure the border, enforce the law, no amnesty, and go forward with a legal immigration system that gives priority to American working families and wages." (Bold added.)
Walker's statement is a polite, non-bombastic way of suggesting that legal immigration is bad for American workers and their families. Nor is this the first time he has made such comments. At the very least, they are meant to give aid and support to those who want to curtail or destroy employment-based visas and green cards such as H-1B, L-1, E-2, O-1 and PERM, something that even The Donald has never suggested doing.
In addition, this sudden professed interest in protecting American workers puts Walker and the top of the hypocrisy ratings, if not the top of the polls. Walker's owes his entire reputation, and his election and reelection to office, on his efforts to destroy labor unions and set back more than a century of the protections they have offered to working people in terms of job security and living wages.
See Chicago Tribune, July 28: Walker's anti-union crusade pivotal to White House run, damaging to labor
He is the last person in America to have a genuine concern about the living standards of American working people. While the media can argue endlessly about who scored the most, or fewest, points at the first Republican presidential debate, there can be no doubt that Governor Scott Walker walked away with the prize for anti-immigrant hypocrisy.
Donald Trump, move over.
Roger Algase is a New York lawyer and a graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School. He has been helping mainly skilled and professional immigrants obtain work visas and green cards for more than 30 years.
Roger's email is firstname.lastname@example.org