Ask the CEO: Crisis at the Border
"Here's the real crisis at the border: children are dying," writes DiversityInc CEO Luke Visconti.
After watching the president conclusively prove he can read off a teleprompter, I struggled to stay awake as the 146-year-old couple (Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi) robotically read through an uninspired response.
Here's the real crisis at the border: children are dying. Families fleeing from drug cartel violence (criminal competition to serve Americans, monetarily the largest illegal drug market in the world) are having their children stripped away and detained in concentration camps with numbers written on their arms.
Last night, the president mostly avoided the lies he's been spouting about the imaginary hoards of (brown) terrorists and criminals coming across our southern border, but I'm certain the mean girl tweets and lies from the draft dodger and the amoral suck-ups remaining in his administration will start back up this morning.
If you're of a mind to be fearful of terrorists hiding among campesino asylum seekers looking for work, here's a crisis that hasn't been leveraged yet: There's a 4,000 mile border between mainland United States and Canada! OMG, the terrorists might have maps!
We also need to build more thousands of miles of walls around every international airport and seaport since almost half of our undocumented immigrants are from Asia, Europe and Sub-Saharan Africa. They arrive by airplanes that fly thousands of feet above walls.
Walls don't work — ask China. The most recent downfall of the Chinese government (Qing government) and the subsequent "century of humiliation" was at the imperial hands of the British exploitation and their Opium Wars. The British arrived where the Great Wall of China doesn't work — by sea — as do most of the illegal drugs (consumed mostly by white Americans) coming to this country today.
Anyone reasonably informed on Russian interference with our elections and the soul-sucking absence of responsibility of Google and Facebook executives can imagine that the real invasion crisis facing our nation is coming from the Internet.
Inept questioning of Silicon Valley billionaires by our completely out-of-touch octogenarian congressional leadership is scarier to me than people seeking asylum from American market incited violence.
However, if undocumented workers truly concern you, then I propose immediately jailing employers who conspire to circumvent employment laws. Let's start at Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, N.J., where credible evidence of a criminal conspiracy to employ undocumented workers exists. Go right to the top. Lock him up. Lock him up. Lock him up.
Looking to the future, I have been invigorated by representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on "60 Minutes" and other interviews. Fresh, lively, intelligent. Representative of our nation's future, not our past.
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"This shutdown is about the erosion of American democracy and the subversion of our most basic governmental norms," said Ocasio-Cortez.
"Largely, the individuals in the immigration courts and the ones getting their cases cancelled during the shutdown are on the lower end of the economic spectrum," said Alan Pollack, a New Jersey immigration attorney.
A report by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse says that the tally of canceled immigration hearings, currently almost 43,000 for the shutdown period, would likely grow by 20,000 for each additional week the government fails to reopen.
Or is a tyranny of old people and a lack of leadership skills, most importantly mentoring and sponsoring the next generation, open for criticism?
I received a comment from a reader on my last column.
Here's the gist of it:
"I did not tweet or post (your last column) because of the ageist comment/s made about Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer. I have no problem with them being criticized as lackluster, but not because of their age."
Here's my response:
Most Americans don't know that the overwhelming majority of U.S. immigrants are legal. A Pew report explains immigration.
As the partial shutdown of the federal government continues, it has now become the longest funding lapse in U.S. history. President Trump is demanding that Congress approve $5.7 billion in funds to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border. Meanwhile, on Friday, at least 800,000 federal workers did not receive paychecks.
King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse," tweeted Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney.
Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) wants to know why white nationalists and white supremacists are getting a bad rep.
"White nationalist, white supremacist, Western civilization — how did that language become offensive?" King asked in an interview with The New York Times published on Thursday. "Why did I sit in classes teaching me about the merits of our history and our civilization?"
The far-right lawmaker is at the forefront of supporting the Trump administration's anti-immigration policies and the push to end birthright citizenship. As a matter of fact, King credits himself with getting Trump onboard.
"Donald Trump came to Iowa as a real non-ideological candidate," King said, in the Times interview. He said he told Trump, "I market-tested your immigration policy for 14 years, and that ought to be worth something."
King has previously, on the House floor, shown a model of a 12-foot border wall he had designed.
Thursday afternoon he released a statement on Twitter "clarify" his comments on white supremacy and white nationalism.
"I want to make one thing abundantly clear; I reject those labels and the evil ideology" represented by those terms. "I am simply a Nationalist," he wrote.
"I condemn anyone that supports this evil and bigoted ideology which saw in its ultimate expression the systematic murder of 6 million innocent Jewish lives." Like the Founding Fathers, he wrote, "I am an advocate for Western Civilization's values."
But let's look at King's track record.
In the wake of the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre, consumers and employees pushed back against companies donating to King's campaign in November. He is known for his association with white nationalists, even retweeting a Nazi sympathizer.
(But residents of Iowa still re-elected him for another term.)
King endorsed, Faith Goldy, an openly white supremacist candidate for mayor of Toronto. He often praises far-right politicians and groups in other countries.
In September, during a European trip financed by From the Depths — a Holocaust memorial group — King actually met with members of a far-right Austrian party with historical ties to Nazis for an interview on their anti-Semitic propaganda website. The meeting was just a day after ending a five-day trip to Jewish and Holocaust historical sites in Poland, including the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp.
"In an interview with a website associated with the party, King declared that 'Western civilization is on the decline,' spoke of the replacement of white Europeans by immigrants and criticized Hungarian American financier George Soros, who has backed liberal groups around the world," according to The Washington Post.
In December 2017, King shared a story on Twitter written by the Voice of Europe and quoted Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, who said, "Mixing cultures will not lead to a higher quality of life but a lower one."
King added to the tweet: "Diversity is not our strength."
Members of Congress are condemning his recent comments.
"Everything about white supremacy and white nationalism goes against who we are as a nation," House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, (R-Calif.), said, in a statement. "Steve's language is reckless, wrong, and has no place in our society. The Declaration of Independence states that 'all men are created equal.' That is a fact. It is self-evident."
Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney tweeted that King's remarks are "abhorrent and racist and should have no place in our national discourse."
"Dear Steve King (@SteveKingIA): FYI this is one reason you get bad search results when people type your name in Google," Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.), tweeted.
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In a "60 Minutes" interview, the new Democratic congresswoman said the president's words are "historic dog whistles of white supremacy."