Deport the Deplorables is a slogan of popular culture, found on bumper stickers, t-shirts, and internet postings. But now the mini-industry of deplorable/deportable sloganeering has made its way into more elite circles.
“The plural of anecdote is data.” (allegedly said by the late George J. Stigler.) Last Tuesday I drove up to San Jose State University to visit and have lunch with Professor Jeff Hummel. We normally go to the restaurant across the street, a restaurant called Pomegranate. But I noticed that the name had changed: it is now a Vietnamese restaurant.
In this age of instant and Instagram-fueled heroes and martyrs, what do we make of Therese Patricia Okoumou? In case you weren’t paying attention yesterday, she’s the 44-year-old Staten Island resident (born and educated in the Republic of the Congo) who engaged in a very public protest, at a very iconic landmark, on America’s 242nd birthday.
No policy debate is more filled with dishonesty and duplicity than immigration. The whine of political axes being ground is continually drowned out by Emma Lazarus sentimentalism, “we’re a nation of immigrants” clichés, promiscuous virtue-signaling, and the current weepy melodramas of children “ripped from their mother’s arms.”
In our longest-running national morality play, the breathless tones of blanket news coverage transmit a common theme. Even after President Trump relaxed his “zero tolerance” policy on illegal immigration, America has lately rediscovered our porous and problematic southern border. The problem is large enough that there is ample room for hyperbole from all sides.
The Conte Initiative on Immigration Reform aims to improve immigration law by providing innovative ideas and clear improvements to every part of the system, from border security to green cards to temporary work visas.