On Feb. 15, President Trump took a number of legal steps, including declaring a national emergency and invoking emergency authorities, in connection with his efforts to construct a wall on the southern border. There are important senses in which Trump’s actions are a big deal, and important senses in which they are not nearly as big a deal as many contend.
Now that he has declared a “national emergency,” all that stands between President Donald Trump and the money he wants to pay for his promised border wall is the American judiciary. And the Constitution. And the attorneys general of California, Nevada, New Mexico and New York. And a vast array of land owners and local governments.
Trump would not have to change his policies to capture 40 to 50 percent of the Latino vote (which is quite different from “Latino” spokespeople on television and the Jorge Ramos crowd), as opposed to simply articulating them.
Proponents of immigration, legal and/or illegal, contend that America needs more immigrants from all walks of life. We need more hi-tech immigrants to lead the world in innovation. We need more lo-tech immigrants to do the jobs Americans won’t do. We need more mid-tech immigrants to fill the service sector jobs that are vacant. America is suffering from a labor shortage. The number of posted vacancies exceeds the number of job-lookers.
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.