Trump's Immigration Plan
I was honored to be back at the White House today for the unveiling of President Trump's immigration reform plan. As part of the president's unofficial faith advisory group, I have had some input into the broad outlines of this proposal.
I am pleased to say that it is an America First immigration reform package. As the president said, "It's just common sense." It focuses on six broad goals:
- Securing the border
- Protecting American wages
- Attracting highly skilled immigrants
- Allowing legal migration for immediate family members
- Addressing labor shortages in critical industries, and
- Preserving humanitarian values.
The president stressed that his plan was developed with input from law enforcement and that it puts border security first. It largely ends chain migration and establishes a merit-based immigration system.
It says to potential immigrants, "If you have skills that can help the American economy, we want you." But American taxpayers cannot afford to take care of every family from Central America and elsewhere.
English proficiency will be taken into consideration. The left will scream, but in addition to skills it is the most logical thing to consider. Without anyone voting on it, we are slowly losing the notion that we are an English speaking country, and language is one of the main cultural unifiers.
There should be no ballots printed in any language other than English. Current law says you must know English to become a citizen. So why are we printing all these foreign language ballots?
We have a crisis at the border, and far too many criminals and gang members are getting in.
The president is trying to lay down markers as to what a modern American immigration system should look like. As the president noted today, it's been 54 years since our immigration system was last overhauled by Congress.
In the meantime, walls are being built and the administration is doing everything it possibly can to secure the border.
This is just the beginning of a long process that will be debated in the halls of Congress and across the country as we head into the 2020 election season.
Trump Gets Tough
Yesterday President Trump issued an executive order to safeguard U.S. communications and information technology. According to a White House statement, the order directs the "Secretary of Commerce to prohibit transactions posing an unacceptable risk to the national security of the United States."
Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross immediately acted upon the president's order by placing the Chinese company Huawei Technologies and dozens of affiliated companies on a list of sanctioned entities. In January, the Justice Department indicted Huawei, founded by a former People's Liberation Army officer, for violating U.S. sanctions against Iran.
As nations rush to build new 5G networks, the fear is that China would use Huawei systems to enable espionage or shutdown the network during hostile dispute.
Yesterday's actions by Trump and Ross effectively prohibit this leading Chinese company from installing its technology in the U.S. and in other nations with whom we share sensitive information. A former leader of Britain's MI6 (the British equivalent of the CIA) is warning today that Huawei should be banned from that country's 5G network.
The timing of this latest action by President Trump -- coming as trade talks intensify -- is no coincidence, and it demonstrates the seriousness with which Trump is approaching trade and security issues as he works to put America first.
Standing With Law Enforcement
During yesterday's Peace Officers Memorial service, President Trump invited the family of slain Officer Ronil Singh up to the dais with him to say a few words. Holding her 10 month-old son and choking back tears, Anamika Singh, Ronil's widow, said the following:
"I actually want to thank you personally, you're the only one that actually reached out and gave your condolences to the family, and it actually means a lot to all of our law enforcement families that are here, for the sacrifice my husband and his brothers in blue and sisters in blue have given.
"Every family sitting out here wants justice for what happened to their loved ones. And that's what I want for my husband."
This was the second time in two weeks that Trump was praised for his warmth and caring. As you may recall, Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein called the president "a Mensch Par Excellence," adding that the president's call "began my healing."
If you were watching these events live, then you saw these incredibly moving moments that offer a glimpse of a very different Donald Trump than the one presented by MSNBC and most of the left-wing media. Our elites hate him, but Trump has demonstrated his ability to touch the hearts of common people.
Please share this report with friends and family members. These clips show the president at his best and expose the lie that Trump is a bigot who doesn't like minorities.
Guess what the left and its media allies think is extreme: Passing laws that allow a baby born alive to be "aborted" after birth or passing laws providing legal protection for unborn babies after a heartbeat is detected?
That tells you everything you need to know about the division in America.
If Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is so concerned about women's rights and theocracies, perhaps she can find time to say something about Iran's latest Ramadan fatwa. Perhaps Rashida Tlaib or Ilhan Omar would like to chime in on that.
Meanwhile, the left is accusing white Republicans in Alabama of being racist because their pro-life bill will result in fewer abortions among black women. Doesn't that mean that more black babies will be born? How is that racist?
Here's what you need to know:
- When it comes to abortion, it's the so-called "progressive left" that is extreme and out-of-touch. The American people do not support abortion on demand. The overwhelming majority of Americans support limits and restrictions on abortion.
- A majority of Americans actually support heartbeat laws. New polling found that 45% of voters say such laws are "too restrictive," 34% say they are "just right" and 21% say they are "too lenient." That's a pro-life majority of 54% to 45%.
The real extremists in this debate are those on the left who can't think of one abortion they would prevent or one life they would save.
China's War On Religion
I recently sat down with The Epoch Times to discuss China's war on religion. You can watch my interview here.