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South Carolina Legislature Takes First Step Toward Immigration Insurance

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Right before Christmas 2015, I wrote up in Taki’s Magazine a commenter’s common sense proposal for immigration insurance:

Think of immigration as being like driving. If you are going to go hurtling about the landscape in a multiton projectile, it’s only fair to others that you demonstrate that you are able to pay for any damage you might do. Thus, practically every state requires car owners to have driver’s insurance or otherwise post bond in some kind of quasi-insurance system. …

For driving, we’ve come up with a system that, while hardly perfect, at least compensates victims by financially penalizing (and thus deterring) bad driving. It’s a win-win solution.

And you can’t get affordable insurance if you are likely to maim somebody, so the system encourages the riskiest drivers to take the bus. …

Similarly, immigration exposes Americans to all sorts of potential harms. It’s only reasonable that those who are more likely to injure Americans, whether directly or indirectly, should be charged higher premiums.

Now the South Carolina legislature is considering a first step toward rationalizing one part of immigration, the refugee racket, by imposing legal liability. From the Washington Post:

A South Carolina bill would hold faith groups liable for refugees they settle — including their crimes

By Sarah Posner March 25 at 8:36 AM

The South Carolina Senate on Thursday passed a controversial bill targeting refugees in the state, prompting concern that it may portend a wave of anti-refugee legislation around the country, particularly in the tense climate following the terrorist attacks in Brussels.

The bill, if passed by the South Carolina House and signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley, would require refugees’ sponsors to register them in a database maintained by the state’s Department of Social Services. It would also impose strict liability on a refugee’s sponsor if the refugee, at some point in the future, commits a terrorist or criminal act.

“I fear this may be the start of similar nationwide legislation,” said Jenny Yang, vice president of advocacy and policy at World Relief, an evangelical humanitarian nonprofit group that helps resettle refugees who have been vetted and approved under a federal program run by the State Department. …

Although earlier versions of the Senate bill would have made the registry publicly available, a late amendment would make the registry available only to law enforcement. Still, some refugee advocates are troubled by the provision. “There is absolutely no reason why refugees should be registered and tracked at all, even if it’s privately done,” Yang said.

Why is a state government allowed to keep a database of drivers living in its state?

A second provision would hold any refugee sponsor strictly liable if the refugee at some point in the future “acted in a reckless, willful, or grossly negligent manner, committed an act of terrorism” or a violent crime “that resulted in physical harm or injury to a person or damage to or theft of real or personal property.” They would be required under the bill to pay civil damages to anyone injured by such an act, apparently committed at any time in the future, by a refugee. An earlier version of the bill would have held the sponsors liable only for negligence. The adoption of the strict liability standard, which would impose liability without a finding of fault, has alarmed refugee advocates, who also say it is unclear whether churches who co-sponsor a refugee would be held liable under the bill.

It’s almost as if they should be required to purchase insurance to compensate Americans for the risks they are imposing upon America.

But that would violate the Zeroth Amendment, carved on the base of the Statue of Liberty: Immigrants Are Good and Any Non-Schmaltzy Thoughts About Them Are Bad.

Read my whole Taki’s column there. Being a serious, substantive proposal coming out right before Christmas, it got kind of lost. But it has aged well.

 

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  1. What excellent news. Let these do-gooders pay for what they’re imposing on their communities.

    By the way, wasn’t it a big thing around 12 years ago when W. wanted to start giving money to faith based charities and liberals were against it because of the separation of church and state? Is this how things got started with Christians receiving federal money to settle refugees?

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  2. This all sounds…

    …suspiciously reasonable.

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  3. If the immigrants in question are what the sponsors claim, then what do the sponsors have to worry about?

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  4. If the refugees will not commit crimes and cause terrorism, as the left claims, then this is no problem to any of them.

    Why not “put your money where your mouth is?”

    A similar argument exists for getting a fiancé to sign a prenup. The prenup only matters if the relationship ends horribly so it is not applicable if things work. But if they don’t…

    Regardless, this type of bill will go over just as well with the left as prenup does with the future wife. No one would ever accuse either of being logical.

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  5. It’s a step in the right direction, and it drives home the point that there is no right for non-nationals of a country to live in that country. Aliens’ statuses in our host countries (NB: I am a resident alien in the country I live in) are privileges, just as is a driver license, and it is in the interest of our respective host countries to regard our statuses as such. I realize I may be shooting myself in the foot, of course, but I did move to France expecting a First World country and not what it is rapidly becoming…

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  6. A bill like this should sweep the South Dakota Legislature (everyone in the state is tired of Lutheran Social Services flooding us with Somalis & Sudanese, who then go on to commit armed robbery, murder, and rape like its the national sport), but then our cuckservative Governor Dennis Daugaard would inevitably veto it. Just like he recently vetoed the bill to end state sanctioning of so-called “transgenderism” within the K-12 public school system…or the time he vetoed the bill to allow one’s drivers’ license (or other state-issued ID) to serve in lieu of a CCW permit. I’m so glad I voted for some eccentric independent who got like three percent of the vote in the 2014 gubernatorial race, rather that voting to re-elect this worthless cuck (who received over 70 percent of the vote, because the geriatric set is convinced he’s a very nice man). Sigh.

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  7. Apparently this time it did go from Steve Sailer’s lips to God’s ears. Or at least to within earshot of some attentive South Carolinians.

    The wailing and the gnashing of teeth from the irresponsible left has already begun. God forbid that they be truly accountable for their “good” deeds.

    I salute you Steve Sailer. This is a public policy worthy of implementation in red states nationwide. If the blue state pols turn their backs on it, then their lack of responsibility will be an issue for the voters to have the last word on. And we know which way the wind will blow on this one.

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  8. The Left really tips its hand when it opposes obviously sensible measures like this, or voter ID.

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  9. If Nikki Haley needs to sign it…….forget about it.

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  10. The bill, if passed by the South Carolina House and signed into law by Gov. Nikki Haley

    Governor Nimrata, the Confederate flag-hating Sikh, probably isn’t a fan of immigration insurance.

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  11. Can this, like, actually happen? Is it so much to ask that the present not be retarded?

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  12. THE WRETCHED HATH RIGHTS BY SCHMALTZ.

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  13. The proposed South Carolina law is so self-evidently reasonable that it has approximately zero chance of being enacted, or of being enforced if enacted. The cheap labor lobbies are going to pull out the stops to lobby to defeat it. If enacted it will immediately be challenged in federal court as a state attempt to intrude into Congress’s power to enact uniform rules of naturalization and the President’s power to conduct foreign policy (appoint Ambassadors and enter into treaties). The state will lose. But I’m glad they’re trying something.

    Years ago, a state tried to disallow wills and intestate succession that transferred property to people in communist countries. The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional on “intrusion into foreign policy” grounds. Although I recall that that case had been limited to its facts, it’s rationale will be resurrected if the South Carolina bill becomes law.

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  14. Who has been advising them? These were my thoughts two decades ago.

    Also, a revival of the Public Charge doctrine: the refusal to permit importation of immigrants likely to be a burden on the taxpayer.

    Finally, consider passports and visas for each state in the US. The US is analogous to the Shengen Zone, in which no state can bar the citizens of any other state from freely crossing boundaries between the states. But that does not apply to foreigners. A Nigerian cannot just get off a Nairobi jet at a German airport without a German visa, just say “Shengenland!” and leave the airport.

    Each Shengen country has not abandoned its borders entirely, it just surrendered its right to keep other Shengenese out.

    The same would seem to be true in the USA as well. We cannot discriminate against the free travel and border-crossing by US citizens driving from Chicago to Madison over the Wisconsin border (because of the US Constitution), but why should the state of Wisconsin be required to let Kenyans enter Wisconsin on a jet from Nairobi? How would THAT be unconstitutional discrimination against a citizen of another United State?

    I commend the lawmakers who are obviously researching and drafting creative legislation. I wish I knew who the think tank was that they are working with.

    If Larry Tribe (Mr. Con Law) was a loyal American, this is the sort of research he should set his propeller-head HLS research kids working on instead of forcing flyover-country goyim to cobble it up for themselves.

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  15. OT – Mencius Moldbug banned again!

    This time, an entire conference has been cancelled because he was invited to speak:

    http://typelevel.org/blog/2016/03/24/typelevel-boulder.html

    See also here:

    http://degoes.net/articles/lambdaconf-inclusion

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  16. Would most Mormons oppose this bill?

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  17. How about a law enforcing strict liability on manufacturers and retailers of guns if anyone they sell a gun to commits a terrorist act with it?

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  18. As a US citizen who was formerly an immigrant and who has gone through the process of importing a wife and children, I think that people tend to overlook that immigration is a business.

    I have spent a fortune in application fees, medical exams, obtaining numerous obscure documents from places where it is difficult and dangerous to travel, and so on.

    Immigration provided numerous jobs to American consular and USCIS officials and attorneys, bolsters the income of airlines, and all the businesses used by immigrants when they arrive.

    Legal immigrants have to go through this expensive and humongously difficult process that can last years, and are justly frustrated that so many illegals and so-called refugees are able to by-pass the process.

    Legal immigrants have little sympathy for illegal immigrants.

    The solution is simply to impose a very stiff fee similar to a bail bond for refugee visas and then make them open to anyone who can afford them or get someone to sponsor them. Half the bond money could be refunded after 10 years of good behavior.

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  19. We need a few high-profile lawsuits against a sponsor org for heinous crimes that their charity-cases committed. Only way to stop these bastards from destroying us is to bankrupt them.

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  20. OT: Cruz is finally beating Trump on google trends! (Last 7 days). LOL! I bet Pierson is also trending.

    http://www.google.com/trends/explore#q=%2Fm%2F07j6ty%2C%20%2Fm%2F0cqt90&geo=US&date=now%207-d&cmpt=q&tz=Etc%2FGMT-11

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  21. They want to have their cake and eat it: “The immigrants are great people. And if they’re not, we don’t want to foot the bill.”

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  22. This may be of interest to you…

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  23. It’s like a lot of anti-immigration proposals. It’s sound common sense, but if the will to implement it was there, it wouldn’t be necessary in the first place. Some law would have been passed to stop these “refugee resettlements” years ago if there was a genuine desire among the political class to do so. That’s where Trump’s candidacy makes a difference – it has widened the scope of discussion and given people hope that they won’t have to put up with the same traitors forever.

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  24. Years ago, a state tried to disallow wills and intestate succession that transferred property to people in communist countries. The Supreme Court ruled it unconstitutional on “intrusion into foreign policy” grounds.

    Heh, some Canadian province recently voided a will that left a local man’s estate to a WN group in the US. Something about it not being “in the public interest.” Postmodern Canadians view liberal individualism as a toxic right-wing American ideology.

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  25. flyover-country goyim

    As opposed to flyover country non-goyim.

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  26. This may be of interest to you…

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  27. Vote Trump get dumped is a group started by Left Wing women who vowed to never have sex with and date men who support Donald Trump.

    No wonder Gavin McInnes believes one of the worst things to ever happen to Western civilization was giving women the right to vote.

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  28. “The immigrants are great people. And if they’re not, we don’t want to foot the bill.”

    Ha, yep. Refugees are wonderful people, they tell us. They don’t want to put their money where their mouth is if they aren’t.

    Chances this bill will get Nikki Haley’s signature? Exactly zero. And the voters of South Carolina have already demonstrated they aren’t likely to hold their polticians accountable for pro-immivasion policies.

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  29. I take it Jenny Yang is part of the Evangelicals for Hillary Clinton coalition, because Donald Trump’s and Ted Cruz’s views on immigration would be too Right Wing for her, so I can’t see her voting for either one of them.

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  30. My dear “Nico,” are you Ta-Nehisi Coates using “Nico” as your nom de cyberspace?

    After all, you did move “to France expecting a First World country.”

    (Ni-Coates? [ ! ] )

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  31. We cannot discriminate against the free travel and border-crossing by US citizens driving from Chicago to Madison over the Wisconsin border (because of the US Constitution),

    There is, indeed, a border checkpoint crossing the Illinois border starting from Madison — the Rockford toll plaza. A dollar-ninety, please!

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  32. California has often checked for whether motorists from Arizona on I-10 have fruit.

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  33. When the same standard applies to cars, alcoholic beverages and kitchen knives.

    And printing presses and twitter organization of flash mobs…

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  34. You are exactly the reason those of us who like our laws the way they were (prior to 1965) are not happy with the legal immigrants either.

    Don’t like guns? GO BACK TO WHERE YOU CAME FROM.

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  35. Will they add insurance to cover the cost of these folks taking welfare? A business has to contribute to state unemployment so that when one of their employees has been let go, the business has contributed to the fund to provide for unemployment bennies. Over time a business’s unemployment contribution is adjusted based upon whether it has a track record of having too many or too few on unemployment. That is businesses that have let go more employees will pay higher rates than those who let get fewer.

    A similar system should be set up in regard to refugees and how much government assistance they end up using. If the sponsoring group had to help pay the costs, they’d be less likely to sponsor deadbeats.

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  36. This movement won’t go far.

    Unapologetic Trump voters are more likely to get laid, particularly by intelligent, left-voting women, than the white knight friend zone SJWs.

    Female fraternizing with the enemy usually doesn’t involve cuckish, goodthink, cringing allies.

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  37. During the election, Trump could latch onto this bill and propose a national version if elected to the presidency among his many policy proposals that relate to US immigration.

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  38. Lutheran Social Services has a hell of a lot to answer for. They’ve wrought havoc in what used to be a peaceful area of the country. Unfortunately, a certain percentage of immigrants leave their countries for their countries’ good and in coming here, make us realize why their old neighbors couldn’t stand them.

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  39. “Aside from World Relief, the only other refugee resettlement agency in the state is Lutheran Services Carolinas. Bedrija Jazic, it’s director…”

    Luther shudders.

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    Would you support similar legislation in the case of gun sellers/manufacturers who sell their products to people who ultimately commit crimes? Isn’t the same principle?

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  41. How about a law enforcing strict liability on manufacturers and retailers of guns if anyone they sell a gun to commits a terrorist act with it?

    No, that would be a violation of US citizens’ 2nd Amendment rights. However, I could definitely see a law enforcing liability on those who sell guns to foreigners who go on to commit crimes (etc.) with them. Good idea, thanks.

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  42. “I made the mistake of following the law when I emigrated to the United States, and believe me, I wouldn’t make that mistake again. ” – Mark Steyn, 2007

    http://www.hughhewitt.com/mark-steyn-legal-immigrant-on-the-senates-new-immigration-compromise/

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  43. Even if they couldn’t vote they could still punish men who vote this way. I believe similar things were done during the suffragette movement.

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  44. If you think the legislature would ever vote for such a bill or that your fellow citizens — even the Republicans — don’t enjoy the criminal antics of the Somalis and Sudanese, you’re in for an awakening.

    Just wait for June. That’s the month when your state is going to vote heavily for the chief cuckservative over Mr. Trump. And you will be educated. Those older voters and their young grandchildren a pleased that your society is being drained and turned over to African ‘refugees.’ They want it destroyed. They’ll vote Cruz.

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  45. This raises a question: Are parents liable, civilly, for damages their (minor) children cause?

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  46. You are exactly the reason those of us who like our laws the way they were (prior to 1965) are not happy with the legal immigrants either.

    Don’t you mean 1843?

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  47. OT – Mencius Moldbug banned again!

    This time, an entire conference has been cancelled because he was invited to speak:

    Mencius Moldbug is really the Earl of Oxford, and if he called himself that, he’d have no trouble getting gigs.

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  48. >>> Immigration provided numerous jobs to American consular and USCIS officials

    A very small number of the world’s countries are into accepting immigrants.

    But every economically third-tier country in the world maintains significant numbers of consulates around the world. Consulates exist, first & foremost, to facilitate trade. Passports & visas didn’t really catch on before WWI, yet countries had Consulates.

    Look, it doesn’t get much poorer than Bangladesh. But they maintain a consulate in LA. If they didn’t they probably would not – in PRACTICE – be able to have a garments-sewing industry exporting to North America. which right now, is their main source of incoming hard currency.

    Look at a second-and-a-half tier country like Philippines. They have quite a few consulates in USA and more in Canada.

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  49. Guns are inanimate objects having no will of their own. Federal, state and local laws already regulate the persons to whom a seller of firearms may lawfully sell the weapon. So those authorities have already made the call between the costs and benefits associated with the availability of guns within a society. Selling a weapon knowing that a person intends to use it unlawfully probably is already criminally and civilly actionable. Legitimate gun merchants turn down sales all the time.

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  50. Why, I didn’t even realize Coates resided in France! Apparently his son is named after an anti-French colonial fighter. That in my mind ought to be enough of a pretext to revoke his immigration privileges: spitting on the country that hosts him and subsidizes his education. But, of course, if this nation has a suicide wish…

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  51. I imagine that any female who would treat mainstream political views as a reason to deny sexual access is a female who probably isn’t into the whole heterosexual thing to begin with. And like anowow said, females prefer independent men not omega white knight cucks who dare not utter a word their feminist overladies might dispute.

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  52. I’d be shocked if Gov. “Nikki” signs it. She’s like the female Rubio, the great hope of the national establishment GOP, being on the bad side of mainstream media isn’t in the cards for her.

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  53. Better yet, how about imposing a LEGAL requirement that sponsors of refugees be financially responsible for them for a period of years? Right now, refugee resettlement organizations get money from the federal gov’t for a few months to do the resettlement. When the money dries up, the refugees are thrown on the local community to support, including welfare and social services. Since Third World refugees can take years, if ever, to become self-supporting, that’s a real burden for communities where groups of refugees are resettled.

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  54. Just wait for June. That’s the month when your state is going to vote heavily for the chief cuckservative over Mr. Trump.

    I’m sure it’ll be close, but I wouldn’t rule out a Trump victory (Cruz will presumably carry the eastern half of the state, but Trump may be able to make it up West River), in South Dakota’s winner-take-all primary. Our recently elected U.S. Senator, Mike Rounds, hasn’t formally endorsed Trump, but he has publicly defended him.

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  55. As well as at I-90, if you’re entering the state from the Reno area. When Jerry Brown first had those checkpoints installed, about 35 years ago, my dad said he thought that he was consciously setting up the infrastructure of something akin to an international border, because that’s what he (Brown) deemed to be in the long-term interest of California (with the Medfly Crisis a mere pretext). At the time, I was a smarty-pants, precocious liberal who thought my dad to be sadly “paranoid,” but I’ve since come around to his perspective.

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  56. https://www.cdfa.ca.gov/plant/pe/ExteriorExclusion/borders.html

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  57. Ya, more band aid solutions to make everyone feel better but not address the real problem that leads to out of control but legal immigration.

    60% of green cards are from family reunification with former immigrants now US citizens, and eventually all these new green cards became citizenships that means more family sponsorship-all leading to exponential endless immigration.

    What would be more meaningful for easily curbing the out of control immigration we have now is if the US stops handing out one million citizenships a year like it was candy. When you give citizenship to one immigrant, it is like giving citizenship to his/her 20 relatives due to chain migration.

    I know naturalized citizens who PRESSURE their aging feeble parents to immigrate to the US just so their parents can obtain citizenship in five years. Than these elderly citizens can sponsor their adult children to immigrate to the US legally.

    Why are the policy makers not taking about specifically minimizing the easy path to citizenship we have now and instead mostly replace it with a path to residency or work permission with no allowance for the sponsorship of extended family members -especially parents.

    This will mean that immigrants who come here legally such as those on hb or as refugees visas will not be able to bring their entire extended family here.

    Just limiting US citizenship is a policy that both democrats and republicans can get behind because it’s not totally against immigration, but it limits it uncontrolled unintended consequences.

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  58. Steve: This was one of your best ideas. It’s a pity it didn’t get more traction. It’s rational and pragmatic, making the common-sense assertion that a party ought to be held responsible for changes it introduces into the existing society.

    In that same vein, my pet policy prescription is that welfare ought be tied to birth control especially since we have long lasting and mostly foolproof implantable method like Depo-Provera. It’s incontrovertible that if a woman is unable to support herself, she is therefore unable to support any new humans she may create from her womb. This begs the question of whether a woman has a right to create an unlimited number of new liabilities for the public treasury. If she does not, then it seems entirely reasonable to require her to desist from creating new liabilities while she is herself a liability. We already have other restrictions on behavior tied to acceptance of public support, why not restricting procreation which is by far the most expensive thing a welfare recipient can do? And since Depo-Provera is a short acting (3mo) contraceptive, we avoid the “Nazi!” stigma of sterilization as well as the “Sinner!” stigma of abortion. The policy would be attacked as an assault on the poor, but that countered by argument that it helps the poor escape poverty which is impossible when babies just miraculously appear every eight and a half months. Longer range goals for such a policy could extend to foreign aid in third world countries (i.e. all of Africa) – again pitching it as benefit for the recipient (again, how can a woman hope to educate and advance herself when infants just magically appear every eight and a half months?).

    Too pragmatic?

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  59. Consulates exist, first & foremost, to facilitate trade.

    I thought they were mostly a jobs program, spoils for the friends of the incumbent.

    I wonder if there is a correlation between the amount of the campaign contribution and the mean winter temperature of the post.

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  60. How about a law enforcing strict liability on manufacturers and retailers of guns if anyone they sell a gun to commits a terrorist act with it?

    Why stop at guns? What about cars used to get to the crime scene or used to house a car-bomb? What about gasoline used for fuel or used as an explosive or arson accelerant? How about garments used to create explosive suicide vests? Knives? Baseball bats? Why the list could be nearly endless, think of how many attorneys could be employed! Your genius idea might solve our “jobless recession” problem at the same time…

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  61. Consulates exist, first & foremost, to facilitate trade.

    That might be true of some consulates, but if you take, for example, the US consulate in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic, I know for a fact that 100% of its operations are concerned with personal matters like registrations of American births overseas, visa applications, and so on and there is no one employed there to deal with trade.

    The Phillipines has a lot of its citizens living in the US, and many US servicemen marry Filipinas and have mixed children. Are you sure these consulates are mainly to do with trade? What does the Phillipines export to the US other than people?

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  62. No wonder Gavin McInnes believes one of the worst things to ever happen to Western civilization was giving women the right to vote.

    But is that “women” (all inclusive) or “unmarried and childless women”? I suspect there is a wide gulf in politics between 19 year old women’s studies majors and housewives with three sons. And isn’t there a similar gulf between parasitic SJW’s on the dole and men who work ten hours a day and pay 50%+ of their wages to government.

    I’ve always maintained that the fundamental flaw in universal suffrage is in allowing the parasitic class to vote for more government goodies. Voting should be the right only of those who contribute more to the public treasury than they collect in benefits. Our current mess is analogous to a family where all the decisions are made by the three dependent children who govern the two working parents via majority rule. In a rational nation, government workers, welfare dependants, and government contractors would have voting rights suspended for the duration of their time as tax-eaters while only true tax-payers had a say in public policy and law.

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  63. “The American Republic will endure until the day Congress discovers that it can bribe the public with the public’s money.”
    ― Alexis de Tocqueville

    I’ve always maintained that the fundamental flaw in universal suffrage is in allowing the parasitic class to vote for more government goodies.

    - Stan d Mute

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  64. Steve — do you remember there was a user who said that the “credit markets” or the derivative markets could come up with some kind of product to hedge this risk and that if there was a payout — then those derivative bonds would have to pay out?

    What do you think Steve?

    If Wall St. types support immigration and/or refugees — should they invest in the derivatives and bonds to finance their potential fallout? Makes sense in a crudely financial way.

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  65. Any time Wall Street dreams up some type of “insurance” or “hedge” you can be sure there will come a day that it is so under priced and under capitalized that it will create a crisis when it cannot pay off the beneficiaries.

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  66. Why stop at guns?

    Rhetorical question, but it’s backwards. The right to bear arms is explicitly protected by the Constitution. There’s no such protection for cars, gas, etc.

    This has to infuriate leftists.

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  67. “Mencius Moldbug is really the Earl of Oxford, and if he called himself that, he’d have no trouble getting gigs.”

    Wha-huh?

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  68. Regardless, this type of bill will go over just as well with the left as prenup does with the future wife. No one would ever accuse either of being logical.

    Of course, they’re being logical.

    They’re just not being honest.

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  69. Did Angela Merkel take a selfie with one of the Brussel Bombers? I am not certain of this source. The nose looks diff on the 2 men.

    http://yournewswire.com/german-chancellor-angela-merkel-took-selfie-with-brussels-terrorist/

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  70. “Did Angela Merkel take a selfie with one of the Brussel Bombers?”

    Nah. Way too good to be true.

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  71. My thoughts exactly. :)

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  72. Hello Mr. Romney (or are you a Jack Kemp or Reagan zombie) good work on bringing up the producers vs. takers meme. It has worked wonders, wonders truly for conservatism in the last 50 years.

    Job creators like Mark Zuckerberg et al should be the only ones allowed to vote, as well as entrepeneurs from MENA countries that operate 7-elevens. Our country only stands to benefit.

    I’m sure you will agree that our nation will benefit by more hard-working, productive immigrants (legal, of course), but even the undocumented need a chance, they provide so much to the communities they live in.

    Take that GOP good think and stuff it.

    Soccer moms are not a net benefit, nor are career women voters.

    GOP voting women are inclined towards good-think centrism and hawks, it’s all about them feeling safe and virtue signaling and female inclination towards hive thought. Let’s also not forget women’s poor judgement when it comes to male character.

    You also have a whole lot of misplaced faith in tax payers.

    There are lots of people with 9-5s who vote for the likes of Kasich, Rubio, Cruz or HRC.

    Lots of people with 9-5s have had no problems voting for wasting billions on foreign crap-holes, only backing off when the idiocy is obvious to even the most thick-skulled exurban bien pensant. They also have no problems with idiocies like school vouchers.

    Bismarck had no problems with social spending, and he was way more conservative than Paul Ryan will ever be on his stingiest day.

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  73. the real threat from allowing millions of muslims to immigrate will come from their children and grandchildren, as we see in Europe…it is the children of the North African muslims who immigrated 30 years ago who are doing the terrorism today.

    if we follow the same path as Paris and Belgium we will see a dramatic increase in “home-grown” terrorists in 25 years when the children of todays refugees become Islamists and turn to terrorism.

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  74. Jenny Yang? This highlights one of the problems with our country. There is no community and there is no social capitol among community members. Why is an intelligent asian beurocrat the policy director of an evangelical group? She has no ideals other than making 100k salary. And there’s so many brain washed white evangelicals out there who think she’s doing something very moral. We’re so elitist and patronizing to the rest of the world, that non profit evangelical organizations care more about resetting Africans in america than they do about reaching out to secular white American kids. We don’t build social capitol amongst ourselves.

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  75. There is probably one white trash owned gas station in your area, find it the clerks are friendly and don’t call you buddy derogatorily. If white privelege exist, how is every gas station owned by Sikhs Hindus and muslims. Something doesn’t add up. Somebody is not paying their full income taxes, or their property taxes… or else they’re all just living 4 people to a single person home.
    I don’t know, somebody should do research.

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  76. There’s a Constitutional Right to Bear Arms. There is No CONSTITUTIONAL Right to Import Dangerous Aliens.

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  77. Damned right!

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  78. We already did – San Bernadino, the Haji was the 2nd gen son of Paki immigrants.

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  79. Total Agreement, have been preaching the exact same thing – benefit recipients, gov workers, gov contractors – revocation of right to vote until such time as they are no longer on the teat.

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