One of the key tenets of Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump’s campaign has been his tough stance on immigration, specifically stopping illegal immigration and tightening legal immigration through the implementation of a more “extreme vetting” of those seeking entrance to the country.
While the purpose of such vetting would simply be to weed out those individuals that wish to in some way do harm to this country and its citizens, the liberal media has predictably overreacted and deliberately misconstrued Trump’s position to imply that he is a crazy, un-American xenophobe who hates, hates, hates everyone.
But now a respected economics professor from Harvard has come forward to make the case for why Trump’s proposal for increased vetting of immigrants isn’t hateful, crazy or un-American at all, but is actually a part of our nation’s tradition, and a smart thing to do to boot, according to an op-ed he wrote for Politico.
Professor George Borjas began by noting specifically what Trump called for in a recent speech:
“We must also screen out any who have hostile attitudes towards our country or its principles — or who believe that Shariah law should supplant American law. Those who do not believe in our Constitution, or who support bigotry and hatred, will not be admitted for immigration into the country.”
Borjas pointed out that, throughout our nation’s history, even before the founding of the U.S., there were at times “extreme vetting” procedures put in place on potential immigrants, designed to weed out those who were undesirable, would pose a threat to the citizenry or government, or who would be a net burden on instead of a contributor to society.
Even the left’s current favorite founding father, Alexander Hamilton, believed that thorough vetting of those who enter the country was vitally important for our nation’s very survival, as the following quote makes clear:
“To admit foreigners indiscriminately to the rights of citizens, the moment they put foot in our country … would be nothing less, than to admit the Grecian Horse into the Citadel of our Liberty and Sovereignty. … The United States have already felt the evils of incorporating a large number of foreigners into their national mass. … In times of great public danger there is always a numerous body of men, of whom there may be just grounds of distrust; the suspicion alone weakens the strength of the nation, but their force may be actually employed in assisting an invader.”
The specifics of who was prohibited from entering the country has changed over time, but one constant has largely remained — those individuals with a criminal history or criminal intent, and those who seek to undermine or overthrow our government, society or culture at large, are not welcome here.
There have long been various “ideological filters” put in place to vet immigrants, some of which remain in the current green card application and naturalization process, ensuring that those who enter have only the best of intentions for this country and their prospective future in it.