It’s easy to be frustrated by the president’s lack of legislative achievement in his first year. As Z-Man puts it, we didn’t vote for Trump so he’d give us a tax cut, we voted for him so he’d roll out the unwelcome mat.
That said, Trump deserves high praise for bringing the diversity visa lottery and chain migration into the public consciousness. The dissident right has been railing against this nation-wrecking insanity for decades, but with the Trump administration, it’s finally going mainstream:
Politics are downstream of culture, and Trump is changing the culture, first by shifting the Overton Window and now by getting to work on the zeitgeist. He even has our incorrigibly genial host feeling cautiously optimistic.
Awareness is half the battle. The diversity lottery is sheer, indefensible stupidity. It’s a program so senseless that if it didn’t exist, (((Tim Wise))) would accuse neo-nazis of making it up to whip white people into an anti-POC blood frenzy. At 50,000 people a year, though, it’s small potatoes.
Chain migration is the big one. It’s stupid too, even from the perspective of those who signal their general support for Legal Immigration on the unenforceable condition of cultural assimilation. Assuming such cultural assimilation was possible–an assumption contradicted by the evidence–bringing the whole clan over inhibits integration with and assimilation to American cultural norms.