Category Archives: Immigration

Day 77: Eric Trump Surrogating Wrong on Time-Traveling Syrian Refugees

When you’re family, and family is practically all the Trump Campaign™ has going for it in the Surrogate Department, it’s important to get it right.  Eric Trump isn’t:

“I mean, wages have been stagnant for the last 15 years and it’s because you have, you know, Syrian refugees coming in. It’s because you have, you know, thousands of people coming over the border. I mean, Americans are suffering because of it, and that’s his point,” Eric Trump said on Fox & Friends, explaining his father’s views on immigration.

So much wrong here!

First of all, “coming over the border?”  We have a border with Syria now?

Because I was not aware of that.

Second, “wages have been stagnant for the last 15 years?”  Nope.

Compensation for the median worker, or the person making exactly the middle of compensation, adjusted for inflation, grew just 8.7 percent between 1973 and 2014, or a 0.2 percent annual rate. Yet net productivity grew at a 1.33 percent annual pace in the same time. Things have gotten even worse since 2000: net productivity has grown 21.6 percent since then, yet inflation-adjusted compensation for the median worker grew just 1.8 percent.

Finally, the whole “Syrian refugees coming in” — that’s more a problem because of the time-travel, Eric:

But we’ve not had masses of Syrian refugees coming to this country for 15 years, either. The Syrian refugee crisis has only heated up since the Syrian civil war began in 2011. During that time, the United States has endeavored to provide refuge for Syrians fleeing certain death. But of the some 5 million Syrians who have left their country, very few have made it to these shores.

Eric Trump, you Patrick Bateman lookalike: — if you know about Syrian refugees who’ve caused wage stagnation, either for the last 15 years or since the 1970s, the issue isn’t that they are Syrian and stealing Americans’ jobs.  They’ve only been refugee-ing since 2011.

The issue is that they are time travelers.

Alert the media, sure; but prioritize what you alert the media about, okay, bucko?  Important stuff first.  Like time travel!


Day 95: Papers Please, Mrs Trump?

America’s immigration system is broken beyond repair, but not in the ways Donald Trump and his right-wing cohorts say.  The way that makes it impossible to navigate:

I don’t much care about parsing the specifics because essentially everyone who has tried to move to the US has had immigration “problems” and sufficient enough violations that the right (or wrong) person in power could chuck you out if they chose to. Try getting a plane ticket/lodging/job start date/Visa all magically timed for the same date when at least one of those things (Visa) tends to appear when the little ball lands on the right number on the wheel.

But apparently, no amount of obeying the rules when later obtaining a green card or citizenship and marriage license can cure an initial visa fraud.  Melania Trump’s self-reporting about her trips home every few months to renew her visa is entirely inconsistent with the type of visa she claimed to have worked here under: (Politico link)

“If Melania was traveling to the U.S. on a B-1 business visa, there is a potential problem,” said a Washington-based partner of a major national immigration law firm. “She would not have been authorized to work in the U.S. while on a B-1 visa. In fact, if a customs agent encounters someone entering the U.S. on a B-1 visa and they know that the individual intends to work for a U.S. employer, the individual will usually be denied admission. In order to avoid being sent back to Slovenia, she may have had to lie about the purpose of her trip.”

Visa fraud would call into question a green card application and subsequent citizenship application, said immigration lawyers — thus raising questions about Melania Trump’s legal status, even today, despite her marriage to a U.S. citizen.


“Even today”?  Like, today?

Her husband makes such a big deal — the centerpiece of his campaign, one might even say — about the broken immigration system admitting criminals and rapists and terrorists and aliens who take American jobs, that we deserve to see all of Mrs Trump’s paperwork.

Papers, please, Mrs Trump?  The long form, if you don’t mind.